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SUNBURNED

SUNBURNED
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Claire (13) is vacationing with her older sister Zoe (15) and mother Sophie (40) at a resort hotel in southern Spain. Sophie spends her days by the pool and shows a minimum of interest in her daughters. Claire clings to her older sister, who generously lets her tag along to some activities. But the moment Zoe meets Michael, a boy her own age, Claire is left on her own. At the beach, Claire befriends Amram (15), a young African beach vendor who struggles to survive. Back at the hotel, Claire starts to hang out with two wild party girls, Chantal and Sandra (both 15). They introduce Claire and Amram to the ‘fainting game’, where one person hugs the other until she or he faints and ‘dreams’. While dreaming, Amram is finally able to speak to his long-lost father, who tells him that Claire will bring him luck. But by trying to help him, she ends up making his desolate situation even worse.


Carolina Hellsgård is a writer-director, born in Sweden and based in Berlin. After studying Experimental Media Design in Berlin and Film at Cal Arts in L.A., she made her feature debut with WANJA which premiered at the Berlinale 2015 and was nominated for the Berlinale Best First Feature Award. In 2017, she was a Villa Aurora Fellow in Los Angeles. The internationally-acclaimed ENDZEIT - EVER AFTER was her second feature film as a director and the first zombie film with an all-female team. SUNBURNED is her third feature film project.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2019
Director Carolina Hellsgård
Screenplay Carolina Hellsgård
Cinematography Wojciech Staron
Cast Zita Gaier, Gedion Oduor Wekesa, Sabine Timoteo, Nicolais Borger
Producer Nicole Gerhards
Co-Producers Johanna Aust, Ineke Kanters, Jan van der Zanden, Małgorzata Staron
Production Company NiKo Film, in co-production with FLICKFILM, The Film Kitchen, Staron Film, WDR, SWR, ARTE
Length 93 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Rome 2019 (Alice nella Città)
With backing from BKM, German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Nordmedia, MEDIA, The Netherlands Film Fund, Polish Film Institute, Netherlands Film Production Incentive

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