Sunshine


3h 2000

Brief Synopsis

An epic tale which spans three generations of the Sonnenschein family--a Jewish-Hungarian clan that dates back to the time when Hungary was ruled by the Austro-Hungarian empire. Like many other families during this time when Hungary was one of the most prosperous countries in Europe, the Sonnenschei

Film Details

Also Known As
Ein Hauch von Sonnenschein, napfeny ize, A
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Abbey Road Studios; Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services; Arri Group; Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, LLP; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; Eurimages; Film4 Productions; Filmfernsehfonds Bayern; Filmfour; Intercom; Lyps Inc; Metro Voices; Movie Makers; Movie Makers Facilities; Osterreichischer Rundfunk Fernsehen (Orf); StudioCanal; Studiocanal; TTlTfilm Canada; The Movie Network
Distribution Company
Paramount Vantage; Abc Distribution; Alliance Films; Aurum Producciones; Cinemien; Cinepix Sp. Z O.O.; Eurocine; Intercom; Metropolitan Filmexport; Paramount Home Media; Paramount Vantage; Paramount Vantage; Rialto Films; Shaw Organization; StudioCanal; Studiocanal; United International Pictures
Location
Berlin, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; Vienna, Austria

Technical Specs

Duration
3h

Synopsis

An epic tale which spans three generations of the Sonnenschein family--a Jewish-Hungarian clan that dates back to the time when Hungary was ruled by the Austro-Hungarian empire. Like many other families during this time when Hungary was one of the most prosperous countries in Europe, the Sonnenscheins came into wealth as a result of their successful herbal tonic. Their story unfolds into the First and Second World Wars, wherein the Sonnenscheins, also like many other families, later changed their name to 'Sors' in order to survive anti-Semitic obstacles faced during the years of Hungary's Nazi occupation. Their heritage denied, the Sors now face the fallout of the postwar Communist legacy.

Cast

Ralph Fiennes

Adam Sors; Ignatz Sonnenschein; Ivan Sors

Rachel Weisz

Greta Sors

Rosemary Harris

Older Valerie Sors

Jennifer Ehle

Young Valerie Sonnenschein

Molly Parker

Hannah Wippler Sors

Deborah Kara Unger

Major Carole Kovacs

James Frain

Young Gustave Sonnenschein

John Neville

Older Gustave Sors

Miriam Margoyles

Rose Sonnenschein

David De Keyser

Emmanuel Sonnenschein

Mark Strong

Istvan Sors

William Hurt

Andor Knorr

Adam Laszlo

Emmanuel (Age 12)

Balazs Hantos

Aaron Sonnenschein

Kathleen Gati

Josefa Sonnenschein

Vilmos Kun

Rabbi Bettelheim

Jacint Juhasz

Mr Hackl

Flora Kadar

Mrs Hackl

Katja Studt

Kato

Kati Solyom

Landlady In Vienna

Joachim Bißmeier

Doctor Emil Vitak

Tamas Fodor

Notary

Tamas Raj

Rabbi At Wedding

Bill Paterson

Minister Of Justice

Doctor Zoltan Bognar

Doctor No 1

Attila Lote

Count Forgach

Sandor Simo

Doctor No 2

Frederick Treves

Emperor

Istvan Hirtling

Doctor Lanyi

Zoltan Gera

Man At Synagogue

Andras Fekete

Footman

Balint Trunko

Istvan (Age 18)

Janos Nemes

Adam (Age 17), Ivan (Age 16)

Tamas Juranics

Commander Of Lenin Boys

Andras Stohl

Red Guard

Tamas Keresztes

Boy No 1

Bence Kotany

Boy No 2

Peter Andorai

Anselmi

Rndiger Vogler

General Jakofalvy

Zsolt Laszlo

Lugosy

Gabor Madi Szabo

Priest At Conversion

Istvan Szilagyi

Hungler

Hanns Zischler

Baron Margittay

Laszlo Galfi

Rossa

Zoltan Seres

Tersikovsky

Istvan Bubik

Saray

Eszter Onodi

Secretary At Officer'S Club

Sandor Danffy

Policeman

Buddy Elias

Mr Brenner

Karoly Mecs

Defense Secretary

Adam Rajhona

Caretaker

Peter Takacs

Stefano Sarto

Mari Torocsik

Kato

Laszlo Szepesi

Olympic Judge

Jßnos Kulka

Molnar

Lajos Kovacs

Military Police In Camp

Gabor Mate

Rosner

Israel Horovitz

Poet

Andrea Fullajtar

Agota Hofer

Gyorgy Kezdy

Outraged Man

Trevor Peacock

Comrade General Kope

Peter Halasz

Wild Duck

Tamas Jordan

Sommer

Istvan Fonyo

Warehouse Guard

Jozsef Fonyo

Prison Sergeant

Frigyes Hollosi

Mr Ledniczky

Ila Schutz

Mrs Ledniczky

Janos Veszi

Doctor No 3

Ica Gurnik

Woman In Hospital

Eva Igo

Policewoman

Holger Groschopp

Performer

Crew

Jonathan Allen

Other

Michel Arcand

Editor

Vanessa Baker

Adr Coordinator (Lyps Inc)

Imre Balla

Other

Eva Banhidi

Script Supervisor

Eva Banhidi

Production Consultant

Csaba Bankhardt

Electrician

Balazs Belafalvy

2nd Camera Operator

Martin Bell

Assistant Music Editor

Reka Belso

Production Interpreter

Imre Beres

Dresser

Gyorgy Berghoffer

Electrician

Janos Berki

Other

Janos Bodor

Unit Driver

Bob Bornstein

Music

Farkas Borsa

Other

Zsuzsa Borvendeg

Art Director

Catherine Bott

Solo Soprano

Deirdre Bowen

Casting (Usa)

Fred Brennan

Supervising Dialogue Editor (Tattersall Sound)

Ralph Brosche

Production Manager (Berlin)

Nan Brown

Post-Production Accountant

Richard Cadger

Dialogue Editor

William Cameron

Main Title Designer (Gamma Studios)

Cherri Campbell

Assistant (To Robert Lantos)

Paul Carr

Adr Mixer (Goldcrest Studios)

Elius Caruso

Re-Recording Engineer

Catherine Charlton

Dialogue Coach

Jeff Chesher

Digital Transfers

Alison Clark

Adr Editor

Sue Conley

Adr Editor

Wayne Constantineau

Foley Assistant

Tim Craig

1st Assistant Editor

Judit Csak

Assistant Set Decorator

Gabor Csakovits

Pyrotechnician

Janos Czabo

Standby Props

Jonathan Debin

Executive Producer

Istvan Decsi

Other

Roderick Deogrades

Sound Effects Editor

Christopher Donaldson

Sound Effects 2nd Assistant

Brendan Donnison

Adr Voice Casting (Lyps Inc)

Peter Dress

Accountant (Germany)

Dina Eaton

Music Editor

Christian Eder

Set Decorator

Tibor Egenhoffer

Other

Keith Elliott

Re-Recording Engineer

Judit Endrenyi

Makeup Artist

Krisztina Esztergalyos

Production Assistant

Martha Fabian

Other

Aniko Fazekas

Dresser

Gabor Fodor

Assistant Set Decorator

Zoltan Fohn

Unit Driver

Erzsebet Forgacs

Makeup Supervisor

Csaba Forgon

Unit Driver

Dominique Fortin

Editor

Angelo Friedel

Runner (Berlin)

Gabor Gajdos

1st Assistant Director

Istvan Gal

Carpenter

Karoly Gal

Best Boy

Peter Gantner

Property Master

Christa Garmeier

Negative Cutter

Glen Gauthier

Sound Mixer

Eva Gero

Assistant Set Decorator

Trish Gibney

Post-Production Assistant (Canada)

Nicholas Goodwin

Assistant Editor (Germany)

Jozsef Gottlieb

Grip

Paul Gottlieb

Original Translation

Geoffrey Grafwallner

Other

Isobel Griffiths

Choral Contractor

Christian Gruber

Generator Operator (Vienna)

Tamas Guba

Location Manager

Daniel Guckau

Head Of Acquisitions & Development

Pierre Guerin

Editing Technical Consultant

Akos Gulyas

2nd Assistant Camera

Judit Halasz

Hair Stylist

Andras Hamori

Producer

P J Harling

Assistant Editor (Hungary)

Ildiko Hidas

Other

Lambert Hofer

Costume Rental

Gabi Hogye

Dresser

Israel Horovitz

Screenwriter

Istvan Horvath

Assistant Set Decorator

Zoltan Horvath

Assistant Set Decorator

Judit Huba

Assistant Production Accountant

Janice Ierulli

Adr Editor

Christina Jahn

Post-Production Supervisor (Germany)

Laszlo Janicsek

Assistant (To Istvan Szabo)

Attila Janosi

Dresser

Zoltan Janossa

Grip

Maurice Jarre

Music Conductor; Orchestra Conductor

Maurice Jarre

Music

Boris Jendreyko

Post-Production Driver (Germany)

Graham Jones

Dialogue 2nd Assistant

Jiri Juda

Property Master

Andreas Kahri

Location Manager (Vienna)

Linda Kang

Assistant (To Andras Hamori)

Janos Kaszab

Unit Driver

Peter Kelly

Re-Recording Engineer

Attila Kiss

Unit Driver

Jozser Kiss

Other

Gabor Kiszelly

Other

Darcey Kite

Re-Recording Engineer

Gyorgy Kives

Stunt Coordinator

Susanna Kolar

Accountant (Austria)

Rainer Kolmel

Executive Producer

Lajos Koltai

Director Of Photography

Nora Koltai

Make-Up & Hair Assistant

Janos Koncsek

Unit Driver

Lacia Kornylo

Head Of Production (Alliance Atlantis Pictures)

Gerog Korpas

Ralph Fiennes' Hairstylist

Agota Kovacs

Production Coordinator

Attila Kovacs

Set Decorator

Attila Kovacs

Unit Driver

Attila Kovacs

Production Designer

Julia Kovacs

Other

Gyula Krasnyanszky

Pyrotechnician

Danny Krausz

Co-Producer

Jeff Kulbak

Production Finance (Serendipity Point Films)

Lorraine Lanoue

Assistant (To Robert Lantos)

Robert Lantos

Producer

Gyula Latroczai

Electrician

George Lavorato

Fencing Advisor

Nikkolas Lavorato

Fencing Advisor

Réka Lemhényi

Trainee Editor (Hungary)

Robin Len

Main Title Designer (Gamma Studios)

Csaba Lengyel

Unit Driver

Ingrid Lingenberg

Other

Doris Lutz

Music Coordinator

Timea Luzsi

Assistant Costume Designer

Kerric Macdonald

2nd Assistant Director

Brent Macleod

Other

Ildiko Makk

Hair Stylist

Paolo Mantini

Ralph Fiennes' Hair Design

Tamas Maros

Other

Ferenc Mazanyi

Other

David Mccallum

Sound Effects Editor (Tattersall Sound)

Hugh Mclellan

Motorhome Driver

Istvan Meggyes

Unit Driver

Ron Mellegers

Foley Mixer

Tamas Mink

Production Assistant

Zsigmond Molcsan

Rigging Gaffer

Miklos Molnar

Set Decorator

Furniko Moribe

Foley Assistant

Frank Muller

Assistant Editor (Germany)

Shawn Murphy

Mixer

Shawn Murphy

Other

Zoe Mylchreest

Unit Publicist

Edit Nagy

Production Coordinator

Laszlo Nagy

Other

Agnes Naszvadi

Accountant (Hugary)

Tamas P. Nyerges

Steadicam Operator

Jens Oberwetter

Accountant (Germany)

Tibor Olah

Video Assistant

Ferenc Ormos

Special Effects Supervisor

Michael Otto

Titles & Opticals (Blow Up Filmtechnik/Munchen)

Lajos Ovari

Co-Producer

Lajos Ovari

Production Manager

Peter Owen

Ralph Fiennes' Hair Design

John Palmieri

Sound Effects 2nd Assistant

Tibor Papp

Unit Driver

Daniel Parker

Other

Andrew Pecs

Production Accountant

Daniel Pellerin

Supervising Re-Recording Engineer

Stefan Pfleger

Assistant Editor (Germany)

Brent Pickett

Sound Effects Trainee

Gabriella Prekop

Associate Producer

Gabriella Prekop

Script Consultant

Isabel Prochnow

Post-Production Assistant (Germany)

Erzsebet Racz

Hair Supervisor

Regina Rauter

Other

Joseph Reidinger

Electronic Laboratory Services

Sepp Reidinger

Film Lab

Gottfried Reisecker

Arri Lab Contact

Josef Riehs

Set Decorator

Andrew Rosen

Production Assistant (Alliance Atlantis Pictures)

Julia Rosenberg

Associate Producer

Leonard B Rosman

Legal Services (Law Offices Of Leonard B Rosman)

Kurt Rosner

Construction Crew (Vienna)

Patrick Russ

Assistant (To Maurice Jarre)

Mac Ruth

Other

Denes Sajgal

Production Assistant

Alan Salabank

Adr Mixer (Db Post Production)

Dov Samuel

Assistant Editor (Canada)

Gyorgy Santa

Production Manager

Julie Saragosa

Sound Effects 2nd Assistant

Imre Sarkozi

Location Manager

Dorothea Schmid

Production Supervisor (Berlin), Production Supervisor (Kinowelt)

Heli Schnoller-malec

Other

Marcus Schofer

Legal & Business Affairs

Klaus Schultz

Post-Production Driver (Germany)

Nikolai Schulze-solde

Music Clearances

Holger Schwalk

Assistant Engineer

Ervin Schwender

Caterer

Greg Shim

Adr Recordist

Mark Shnuriwsky

Sound Effects Editor

Julie Simak

Assistant Unit Publicist

Gabor Simko

Dresser

Emily Smith

Assistant (To Andras Hamori)

Maria Soltesz

Cashier

Peter Sorel

Still Photographer

Film Details

Also Known As
Ein Hauch von Sonnenschein, napfeny ize, A
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Abbey Road Studios; Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services; Arri Group; Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, LLP; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; Eurimages; Film4 Productions; Filmfernsehfonds Bayern; Filmfour; Intercom; Lyps Inc; Metro Voices; Movie Makers; Movie Makers Facilities; Osterreichischer Rundfunk Fernsehen (Orf); StudioCanal; Studiocanal; TTlTfilm Canada; The Movie Network
Distribution Company
Paramount Vantage; Abc Distribution; Alliance Films; Aurum Producciones; Cinemien; Cinepix Sp. Z O.O.; Eurocine; Intercom; Metropolitan Filmexport; Paramount Home Media; Paramount Vantage; Paramount Vantage; Rialto Films; Shaw Organization; StudioCanal; Studiocanal; United International Pictures
Location
Berlin, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; Vienna, Austria

Technical Specs

Duration
3h

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Gene Moskowitz International Critics Award at the 2000 Hungarian Film Week.

Winner of three 1999 Genie Awards, including Best Picture, Best Sound and Best Sound Editing. Also nominated for a further eight awards, including Best Actor (Ralph Fiennes), Best Actress (Rosemary Harris/Jennifer Ehle) and Best Director (Istvan Szabo), Best Supporting Actor (James Frain/William Hurt), Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz/Deborah Kara Unger), Best Music/Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction.

Released in United States Summer June 9, 2000

Expanded Release in United States June 23, 2000

Released in United States on Video May 8, 2001

Released in United States February 2000

Released in United States June 2000

Shown at Hungarian Film Week in Budapest February 3-8, 2000.

Shown at Florida Film Festival June 8-19, 2000.

Completed shooting December 5, 1998.

Began shooting July 14, 1998.

Sonnenschein is German for 'Sunshine,' Sors is Hungarian for 'Destiny.'

Released in United States Summer June 9, 2000

Expanded Release in United States June 23, 2000

Released in United States on Video May 8, 2001

Released in United States February 2000 (Shown at Hungarian Film Week in Budapest February 3-8, 2000.)

Released in United States June 2000 (Shown at Florida Film Festival June 8-19, 2000.)

Winner of the 2000 Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Drama (Jennifer Ehle/Rosemary Harris), from the International Press Academy.