Regional Competition

The Dark Side of the Sun

Carlo Shalom Hintermann
Screening time  
26.02. / Tuesday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 2  
01.03. / Friday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 4  
02.03. / Saturday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 3  
For a few children sun is a fatal enemy...

For some children sun is a fatal enemy. Xeroderma Pigmentosum is a rare illness that forces them to live far from any sunlight, completely isolated from the daytime life of their peers. However, this does not happen at Camp Sundown, a summer camp in New York State conceived and established by the determination of their parents. This camp welcomes child patients from all over the world. Here, an inverted universe full of enchantment flourishes. The life of this small nocturnal community is interwoven with the animated dreams conceived by the children themselves. Both parents and children share the same desire: to fully live out their lives, despite the illness.


Carlo Shalom Hintermann

Carlo Shalom Hintermann was born in Italy in 1974. He started his career by directing several short films before he turned to documentaries: Otar Iosseliani (1999), Rosy-Fingered Dawn: A Film on Terrence Malick (2002) and Chatzer: Inside Jewish Venice (2004). He directed the animated short H2O (2007) with Studio Brutus. His latest credits include the production and partial directing of the Italian unit of Terrence Malick's Tree of Life (Palm d'Or Cannes Film Festival 2011). He is the co-founder of the production company Citrullo International with Luciano Barcaroli, Gerardo Panichi and Daniele Villa. He also works as a composer and musician.

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The Dark Side of the Sun

2011, 94', DCP

Directed by:
Carlo Shalom Hintermann

Screenplay by:
Carlo Shalom Hintermann, Lorenzo Ceccotti, Camp Sundown Children

Giancarlo Leggeri

Edited by:
Piero Lassandro

Mario Salvucci

Daniele Villa

Produced by:
Citrullo International, Rainbow

Festivals & Awards:

International Rome Film Festival 2011 – Enel Cuore Award - A Special Mention; Sulmonacinema Film Festival 2011 - Best Music Score; Filmmaker International Film Festival 2011; Visions du Réel 2012; Festival du Nuveau Cinéma 2012; Signes de Nuit 2012;Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2012