2021 / 90 mins / Subtitles available
Directed by: Henrika Kull
Language / Country : German, English & Italian / Germany
In a world where their femininity is considered a commodity, two sex workers fall in love with each other. Together – and yet each on her own – they experience the one moment when happiness seems possible – but their love is threatened by different ideas of life and their own abysses.
Content warnings : Full frontal nudity
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Bliss is a hugely sensitive and realistic look into the daily realities of sex work, and the ways in which a tender sapphic romance and the reclamation of sexuality shift the dialogue of autonomy in sex work. We love that Bliss is directed by a woman and features authentic performances from real sex workers, filmed in an actual brothel in Berlin. One of the queer standouts from this year's Berlin Film Festival, the film by Henrika Kull tells the story of two sexworkers in a Berlin brothel experience moments of happiness together in a harsh environment where the female body is a commodity. The film is a powerful love story about attraction, fear and self determination.
"Henrika Kull’s film is focused on notions of identity and a frank, judgement-freelook at sex work. It also has an outdoor dance floor use of Alice Deejay’s bangerBetter Off Alone that somewhat recalls the implementation of The Psychedelic Furs’ Love My Way in Call Me by Your Name. "