Official Selection87' - 2022 - Drama - Dialogue: German, Kurdish
Director: Kurdwin Ayub With: Melina Benli, Law Wallner, Maya Wopienka
In Sonne, Kurdwin Ayub looks at a young Muslim woman who explores the boundaries of her identity and faith online.
Three teenage girls from Vienna twerk in hijab and sing a pop song. A YouTube video of it makes them famous overnight, especially among Kurdish Muslims. Yesmin, the only one of the friends who is Kurdish herself, begins to distance herself more and more from her culture. Nati and Bella, on the other hand, seem fascinated by a world that is strange to them. When the girls meet two young Kurdish patriots, the situation threatens to escalate. A film about young people caught between social media and self-discovery, a story of rebellious young women.
"With its constant, irreverent humour and bantering dialogue, Sonne is never sanctimonious or overly worthy, but treats all the many perspectives it contains with open curiosity, and a generous compassion for human fickleness, youthful experimentation and mistakes." - Cineuropa
Melina Benli, Law Wallner, Maya Wopienka
Director of Photography
Roland Stöttinger, Roland Stöttinger
Ulrich Seidl, Georg Aschauer
Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion GmbH
Countries of production
Intrige und die Archenmuscheln (short, 2010), Langsam reiten Cowboy (short, 2011), Familienurlaub (short, 2012), Paradies! Paradies! (2016), Boomerang (short, 2018), Armageddon (short, 2018), LOLOLOL (short, 2020), Sonne (2022)