Carolina Hellsgård     SUNBURNED
  Biography   Feature film, 90 min., Germany/Holland/Poland, 2019
Thunder in My Heart
Prata Sannita
Portrait Project
Thicker than Water
Goodbye Randy
museum 32

Cast: Sabine Timoteo, Zita Gaier, Gedion Oduor Wekesa, Nicolais Borger

Writer/Director: Carolina Hellsgård
DP.: Wojciech Staron
Scenography: Ben Zuydwijk
Costume: Alette Kraan
Make-up: Susa Jiritano
Editor: Ruth Schönegge
Producer: Nicole Gerhards, NIKO FILM
Co-produced by Johanna Aust, FLICKFILM, The Film Kitchen, Staron Film,  WDR, SWR and ARTE

Funded by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW,
Creative Europe MEDIA, nordmedia, FFA, Dutch Film Fonds


Short synopsis

Thirteen-year-old Claire is vacationing with her family in Spain. While being
neglected by her mother and sister, she meets a Senegalese immigrant called Amram
on the beach. As a part of a childish game she makes him a promise she can't break.


Director's note

I remember my own vacations as a teenager with the family; the strange mix
of apprehension and boredom that set in as the summer holidays began.
The two constants – the burning sun and the unnatural blue ocean,
which mixed with a longing for something to break the monotony of the
vacation resort. The eternal power struggle between my sister and I,
and how we alternated between being friends and in conflict with eachother.
I remember how the holidays allowed us to take on new personas, and how
our teenage-selves evolved as we encountered new people. It was an
intoxicating feeling, closely related to the promise of leaving our childhood behind.
Our road to adulthood often took place against the backdrop of poverty and
political unrest in the countries we visited. But like most tourists we indulged
in the food, people and culture, instead of reflecting upon the circumstances.
SUNBURNED is about all this; tourism, immigration and ultimately the dream
about Europe. The film centers around the story of two young people and
their shared longing for a better existance.



Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival

BUFF Malmö, Sweden

Zlin Film Festival, Czech Republique

Busan Kids and Youth IFF

achtung Berlin, Competition

Feature film SUNBURNED in competition at Max Ophüls Preis 2020

Nordic premiere at Gothenburg International Film Festival, International Competition 2020

International premiere at the Rome Film Festival/Alice Nelle Citta, International Competition 2019



Interview Deutschlandfunk Kultur



PRESS KIT (German)

PRESS KIT (English)

Interview Hellsgård (English)

Interview Hellsgård (German)


Distributor Camino Filmverleih


Sales Agent



Workshops & Markets

Co-production Market
Holland FIlm Meeting 2016

Johanna Aust / SUNBURNED wins the Cannes Marché du film Producers Network Prize 
at the B'EST EAVE 2015!

SUNBURNED participated in the Script & Pitch POWR Baltic Stories Exchange Workshop,
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia, Nov 26-28, 2014

Les Ateliers Premier Plans, D'Angers, July 2012
Script Workshop, artistic director: Jeanne Moreau