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Under the Sun (Unter der Sonne)

Under the Sun
Scene from "Under the Sun" (photo © M. Fahsold/Luethje & Schneider Film)

August 1984. The summer is maddening hot. The 23rd Olympic Summer Games are taking place in Los Angeles. On a radio show, Ronald Reagan makes a joke about bombing Russia. A catastrophic drought causes a bad harvest in over twenty African countries; every month over 20,000 children are dying in Ethiopia. None of this really matters to a young boy named Victor, who is wrapped up in his own world...

During the summer vacation, Victor is sent for the weekend to his aunt and his cousin's. This shouldn't be that special, if it wasn't for his infatuation with his 15-year-old cousin Denise or the terrible neighbor's dog he was attacked by years ago. Perhaps the incident at the bridge would have never happened...


Baran bo Odar born in Switzerland in 1978, studied Directing at the University of Television & Film Munich (HFF). He worked on several commercials, music videos and award-winning short films including 216 (1998), UND WIR SUCHEN NACH DEM GLÜCK (2002), KILL YOUR STEREO (2003), SQUEAK (2005) and UNDER THE SUN (2006). His feature debut THE SILENCE (2010) premiered at the Piazza Grande in Locarno and gained him a spot as one of Variety’s Ten Directors to Watch in 2011.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Baran bo Odar
Screenplay Baran bo Odar
Cinematography Nikolaus Summerer
Mike Marzuk
Oliver Thiede
Heike Lange, Sarah Jablonka
Cast Maximilian Waldmann, Janina Stopper, Astrid M. Fuenderich, Alexandra von Schwerin, Kristian Wanzl, Uwe Rohde
Producers Maren Lüthje, Florian Schneider
Production Company lüthje schneider hörl FILM/Munich, in co-production with Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M), cine plus Filmproduktion, ZDF, ARTE
Length 60 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2006, Montreal 2006, Sehsuecht Potsdam 2006, Open Air Weiterstadt 2006, Raindance 2006, Sao Paulo 2006, Frankfurt 2006, Mainz 2006, IFFS Munich 2006, Cairo 2006, Slamdance 2007
Awards Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award 2006 (Best Direction), Film Award Mediencampus Bayern 2006, Best Cinematography Slamdance 2007
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM

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