The Day the Sun Fell

Als die Sonne vom Himmel fiel

Aya Domenig

Switzerland, Finland/78min./2015

PB_adsvhf_20While tracing the story of her deceased grandfather, who worked as a young doctor at the Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital after the detonation of the atomic bomb, filmmaker Aya Domenig meets a former doctor and a nurse who lived a similar experience. Throughout his life, her grandfather never spoke about what he has went through, but talking to her protagonists brings her closer to him. When the nuclear disaster occurs in Fukushima on March 11, 2011, her quest takes a new turn.
Title in English The Day the Sun Fell
Title in Original Language Als die Sonne vom Himmel fiel
Director(s) Aya Domenig
Director's Bio/Filmography Aya Domenig was born in Japan in 1972 and grew up in Switzerland. From 1992 until 2000 she studied social anthropology, film studies and Japanology at the University of Zurich, gaining an MA degree with her documentary film "Oyakata". From 2001 to 2005 Aya Domenig studied film directing at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Her graduation film "Haru Ichiban" (fiction, 22 min.) was screened at various international film festivals such as Locarno and Clermont-Ferrand and was awarded the Prix Cinécinéma at the Premiers Plans Film Festival in Angers. In 2015 her feature length documentary "The Day the Sun Fell" premiered at the 68th edition of the Locarno International Film Festival (Critics Week). The film was nominated for the Swiss Film Prize 2016 in two categories
('Best Documentary Film' and 'Best Film Score') and was awarded the Swiss Film Prize for Best Film Score.
Aya Domenig is a member of the Swiss Film Academy and of the European Film Academy.
Year of Completion 2015
Nationality of the Film Switzerland, Finland
Running Time 78 min.
Aspect Ratio Video: 16:9
Color Mixed
Screening Format (Apple ProRes 422 HQ), 25fps)
Shooting Locations Hiroshima, Takagi (Fuchu, Hiroshima), Tokyo
Shooting Dates/Periods April 2010
June and November 2011
June 2012
July-August 2012
May and October 2013
Names of Characters Doi Kiyomi, Uchida Chizuko, Hida Shuntaro
Language of Commentary and Dialogue Japanese,German,
Subtitles Japanese,English,German, French, Italian, Spanish
Date of First Public Screening 2015/8/9
Place of First Public Screening (Country) Locarno, Switzerland
Date of First Public Screening in Japan 2015/11/23
Previous Screenings at Other Film Festivals and Events - Cinema Release in Switzerland: Jan 2016

- International Screenings (Festivals and Events):
"World Premiere" Locarno Int. Film Festival, Semaine de la Critique, Switzerland
Weltfilmtage Thusis, Switzerland
Hiroshima International Film Festival, Japan
This Human World, Vienna, Austria
Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis (Documentary Competition), Germany
Solothurner Filmtage, Switzerland
Mumbai International Film Festival (International Competition), India
DOCfeed Eindhoven (Competition), Netherlands
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece
Green Image Award, Green Image Film Festival (Competition), Japan
Special Mention, Bolzano Film Festival Bozen (Documentary Competition), Italy
Special Mention, 26. Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Documentary Competition), Germany
13th Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival, Germany
International Film Festival Innsbruck (Documentary Competition), Austria
EDOC - Encuentros del Otro Cine, Ecuador
Seoul Human Rights Film Festival (SHRFF), South Korea
Bonner Dokumentarfilmwoche, Germany
Horizonte-Filmprize, Fünf Seen Filmfestival (Competition), Germany
Fethi Kayaalp Grand Prize (2nd Prize), Bozcaada Int. Festival of Ecological Documentary (BIFED), Turkey
Prix Anthropologie et développement durable & Prix Mario Ruspoli and Special Mention: Fleury Doc, 35th Jean Rouch International Film Festival, France
Incheon Human Rights Film Festival, South Korea
10th Cinema Vérité Iran International Documentary Film Festival
Salem Film Fest, USA
Cairo International Women Film Festival "Bain Synemayat", Egypt
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (DCEFF), USA
15th RAI Film Festival, UK
9. FESTIVAL DE CINE INVISIBLE, Bilbao Caravan of Cairo International Women's Film Festival, Spain
Musée de l'Homme, France
"Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace" group, USA
Akamos Eco Film Festival, Cyprus
NAFA Film Festival, Denmark
NO NUKE Film Festival, Taiwan
Friedensforum Freiburg and Anti Atom Gruppe Freiburg (im Breisgau), Germany
Festival Jean Rouch "On Tour", Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean, France
Ecofalante Environmental FF, Brazil

- Screenings in Japan
Gallery Intersection 611, Hiroshima
Group of Legacy Successors, Hiroshima (Three times)
Group of Happy Choice, Fukushima
Greencoop (Cooperative society Hiroshima), Hiroshima
New Japan Women’s Association, Hiroshima
Musashino Citizen’s School for learning movies, Shiki, Saitama
Group of Fuchu Citizens against Security treaty
legislation, Fukuyama, Hiroshima
Executive committee of mothers group in Fukuyama, Hiroshima
Supporting group for Fukushima radiation exposure suit, First Members’ Office, Building of the Lower House, Tokyo
Furuta Community hall, Hiroshima
Network for recuperation, Toyama
Combination measures meeting for Intermediate nuclear waste storage facility in Futabamachi, Kasu, Saitama
NPO Bridge to Chernobyl, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Takeya Community hall, Hiroshima
Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Gifu
Group of doctors, Gifu
Musashino Citizen’s School for learning movies, Shiki, Saitama
Greencoop (Cooperative society Hiroshima), Hiroshima
EISHIN GAKUEN (High school), Shiki, Saitama
Association of A-bomb victim in Hokkaido, Sapporo
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima
Biwako Camp, Ôtsu, Shiga
Group of Legacy Successors, Yokogawa Cinema, Hiroshima [Q&A with Mr. Arthur Binard]
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima
Staff Credits Script: Aya Domenig
Photography: Mrinal Desai
Editing: Tania Stöcklin
Sound: Makoto Takaoka
Music: Marcel Vaid
Producer Mirjam von Arx, Tanja Meding
Distributor / Distribution Company World Sales: Georg Gruber, Magnetfilm International Sales / Distribution Switzerland: Bea Cuttat, LookNow! / Distribution Japan: Group of Legacy Successors (被爆体験を継承する会)
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Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events None