Mon 29.08
21:00 - 22:27
Vega 3
Thu 01.09
15:45 - 17:12
Ringen 3
Sun 04.09
20:45 - 22:12
Vega 2

Refreshing Ulrich Seidl-produced coming-of-age movie.

Sonne won the GWFF Best First Feature Award at this year's Berlin International Film Festival and is truly a both captivating and measured film that dives into a limited period in the life of Kurdish-Austrian Yasmin. Together with two friends, she records a mobile video where the trio lip sync to R.E.M.'s iconic Losing My Religion, wearing her mother's (seldom used) burqas. When the film goes viral on the internet, the girls meet little resistance, and even end up as local celebrities and perform at several events in the Muslim community Yasmin's family belongs to in Vienna. Nevertheless, it gradually becomes clear that the girls' new celebrity status has greater consequences than they first realize.

Like the international success Skam (2015-17), director Ayub uses documentary elements and «Messenger aesthetics» to show young people's everyday lives in a subdued and realistic way. Melina Benli is a hit in the lead role as Yasmin and makes a performance that shows how the everyday life of a teenager changes from the extremely banal to really exciting and back again, in a flash of seconds.

The screenings are supported by The Austrian Embassy in Oslo.

Jon Sæter


Iraqi-born Kurdwin Ayub (b. 1990) has previously made numerous award-winning short films. Among other things, she studied art at the University of Fine Arts in Vienna, where she works today as a director, screenwriter, and video installation artist. Sonne is her first feature film.

This film is part of

International Competition

Original title Sonne

Country Østerrike

Year 2022

Director Kurdwin Ayub

Screenplay Kurdwin Ayub

Cinematography Enzo Brandner

Producer Georg Aschauer, Ulrich Seidl

Cast Melina Benli, Law Wallner, Maya Wopienka

Production Company Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion GmbH

Distribution Tour de Force

Runtime 1h 27m

Language German, Kurdisk

Subtitles English

Genre Drama

Format DCP

Age limit 9

Links IMDb

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