Festival of Austrian Film
April 4–9, 2024, Graz

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Feature Film, AT 2022, Farbe, 89 min.
Diagonale 2022

Director: Kurdwin Ayub
Script: Kurdwin Ayub
Cast: Melina Benli, Law Wallner, Maya Wopienka
Camera: Enzo Brandner
Editor: Roland Stöttinger
Location Sound: David Almeida-Ribeiro
Production Design: Julia Libiseller
Costumes: Carola Pizzini
Additional Credits: Casting: Ulrike Putzer | Produktionsleitung: Steven Swirko | Producer USF: Georg Aschauer | Producer: Veronika Franz
Producers: Ulrich Seidl
Production: Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion


Yesmin, Bella, and Nati throw over their hijabs and film their playback performance to “Losing My Religion” with a smartphone. This results in thousands of clicks on YouTube; the three friends are now highly sought stars for festivals in, of all places, religious communities. This sets off a twisted culture clash between the girls; the sorrows of young twerkers. Kurdwin Ayub’s SONNE is the unprecedented film of its generation, urgently relevant in its form and content, the ironic deconstruction of all authenticity.