Under the Sun

This is a film about the ideal life in an ideal country – North Korea. We see a girl in an ideal school, the daughter of ideal parents, working at ideal factories, living in an ideal apartment in the center of the capital. We can see how much effort the North Korean people have to undertake to make this ideal world work. The girl is being prepared to enter the children’s union to be a part of the ideal society, living in the eternal rays of the sun, the symbol of the great leader of the people, Kim Il-sung.



Country of Production
Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, Latvia, North Korea

Year of Production


58 / 106 min

Vitaly Mansky

Vertov.Real Cinema in co-production with Saxonia Entertainment, Hypermarket Film, MDR and Czech TV

Original Language

English, Russian, Czech, German

Festivals / Awards

Dok Leipzig 2015
Jihlava IDF 2015 (Award for Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Film - Between the Seas)
Black Nights IFF Tallinn 2015 (Special Jury Award as well as Jury Prize for Best Director)
IDFA 2015
Trieste IFF 2016 (ALPE ADRIA CINEMA AWARD for the Best Documentary)
Docpoint Helsinki 2016
Docpoint Tallinn 2016
ZagrebDox 2016
Luxembourg IFF 2016
One World HRFF Prague 2016
SXSW IFF Austin 2016
L’Europe autour de l’Europe FF Paris 2016
Thessaloniki IDF 2016
One World HRFF Bucharest 2016
Hong Kong IFF 2016 (Jury Award Doc Competition)
Docudays IDF Kyiv 2016
Vilnius IFF 2016 (Award of the Baltic Gaze competition)
It’s All True IDF São Paulo & Rio de Janeiro 2016 (Honorable Mention International Competition)
Istanbul IFF 2016
Plzen FF 2016 (Golden Kingfisher Award for Best Documentary)
Visions du Réel IDF Nyon 2016
San Francisco IFF 2016
Documenta Madrid IDF 2016
Hot Docs IDF Toronto 2016
Doxa IDF Vancouver 2016
Docs Against Gravity IDF Warsaw 2016 (Millennium Award)
DocAviv IDF Tel Aviv 2016 (FEDEORA Director Award)
Transilvanian FF Cluj 2016
Underhill FF Podgorica 2016 (Dandelion Award for the Best regional documentary film)
Sydney IFF 2016
BiograFF Bologna 2016
Edinburgh IFF 2016
AFI Docs FF Silver Spring 2016
Karlovy Vary IFF 2016
Golden Apricot FF Yerewan 2016
Pärnu IFF 2016
New Zealand IFF 2016
Dokufest Prizren 2016
MakeDox FF Skopje 2016
Ambulante IDF Colombia 2016
Hong Kong Amnesty International HRFF 2016
Bergen IFF 2016
Trevigniano FF 2016
Message to Man IFF St. Petersburg 2016 (FIPRESCI Award)
Eurasia FF Almaty 2016 (ESQUIRE CHOICE Award)
Budapest IDF 2016
Moldox IDF Moldova 2016
Flimmer FF Norrkoeping 2016
Lugano HRFF 2016
Films from the South FF Oslo 2016
ANUU RU ABORO Film Festival New Caledonia 2016 (Grand Prix)
Viennale 2016
Camerimage IFF 2016
Brisbane Asian Pacific FF 2016
Porto/Post/Doc FF 2016
Cinéma Vérité IDF Tehran 2016 (Special Jury Prize)
Zurich HRFF 2016
Thessaloniki IDF 2017
Sofia IFF 2017
Histoire & Cité FF Geneva 2017

Latvian National Film Award LIELAIS KRISTAPS 2016 in the categories Best Documentary Director and Best Documentary

Nominated for an Asian Pacific Screen Award 2016 in the category Best Documentary Feature Film

Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award 2017 in the category Best Documentary