Writer/Director: Carolina Hellsgård
Twelve-year-old Claire is vacationing with her family in Morocco. 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.
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.
SUNBURNED participated in Les Ateliers Premier Plans, D'Angers, July 2012
Script Workshop, artistic director: Jeanne Moreau