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The latest feature film from director, Marcus Lenz (Close), Rivale [Rival] tells the story of Roman, a young Ukrainian boy who is left homeless after his grandmother dies. According to a prearranged plan, Roman is then smuggled into Germany in order to reunite with his mother, Oksana. Oksana has been working there illegally as a home care aid for Gert, an elderly German man with diabetes. The initial barrier between the boy and his new housemate, caused by their differing native tongues, only widens when Gert makes it known that he plans to marry Roman’s mother—but those plans are put in jeopardy when Oksana becomes gravely ill.


Content Considerations: strong language, depictions of child abuse

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    96 minutes
  • Language
    German, Ukrainian
  • Country
    Germany, Ukraine
  • Note
    German, Ukrainian with English subtitles
  • Director
    Marcus Lenz
  • Screenwriter
    Lars Hubrich & Marcus Lenz
  • Producer
    Gunter Hanfgarn & Andrea Ufer
  • Co-Producer
    Patrick Waldmann, Marcus Lenz
  • Cast
    Yelizar Nazarenko, Maria Bruni, Udo Samel
  • Cinematographer
    Frank Amann
  • Editor
    Hansjörg Weissbrich, Bernd Euscher
  • Production Design
    Beatrice Schultz
  • Composer
    Caroline Siegers & Evgueni Galperine