Graduation films 2019


Rising of the Setting Sun

2019 - 52' - Portuguese (Available subtitles: German, Italian, English)

The inhabitants of a small Portuguese isle in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean struggle with the vanishing of the natural source of life.
Life on the island is characterized by a strong dependency on natural elements. A volcano, the heart of the island, shows the islanders over and over again the indomitable power of nature. And yet there are not only the effects of nature that influence people's existence, but also the deeds of humanity itself. Life on and around the island is deceasing and nothing seems to be enough to stop it. What has to happen that this state of destruction changes?
The film tells of the emotion, that is connected to the destruction of nature. Is there still hope? Or are we locked in paralysis?

  • Julie Hössle
    • Director

    Julie Hössle

    Julie Hössle, born and raised in Munich, studied Cultural Anthropology and Education Science at the LMU Munich. After being a guest student in the department Film and Television Documentary at the HFF Munich, she is currently finishing her studies in Directing and Project development at the ZeLIG School for Documentary. She took part as assistant director in the realisation of the documentary Alpgeister and is the director of the films Memories of a Friendship, La Ribalta and Rising of the Setting Sun.
  • Andrea Bertoldi
    • Cinematographer

    Andrea Bertoldi

    Andrea Bertoldi, born and raised in Trento, is studying Photography & Light at the ZeLIG School for Documentary. He took part at the Trento Film Festival 2018 with his documentary Il mantello di San Martino and worked as cameraman on the films Papà Dario and Rising of the Setting Sun. He is the founder of CicloCinema, the first itinerant film festival, where the projections are powered entirely by dynamos connected to bicycles.
  • Claudia Gerstl
    • Editor

    Claudia Gerstl

    Claudia Gerstl, born and raised in South Tyrol, studied Media and Communication Studies and Applied Cultural Science at the AAU Klagenfurt. During her Master in Media at the LFU Innsbruck she applied to the ZeLIG School for Documentary, where she is currently finishing her studies in Editing and Post Production. She gained experience in various media areas and edited the films Morgen, Kinder, wird’s was geben! and Rising of the Setting Sun.


bifed2019   popoli2019 official selection    FFDL Lessinia 2020     Filmfest Eberswalde provinziale laurels jury award schwarz

Director's note

Nature has always been a place that gave me absolute peace of mind and stillness.
It is such a powerful, strong and resilient place, in which I always found unconditional trust.
But the older I get, the more I feel, that this constancy in my life is no longer there, as it was, when I was a child.
My beloved nature seems to collapse and my inner trust is shattered.
I experience a loss of something that disappears, unstoppable and barely perceptible.
The island of Faial, with its volcanic peaks, its plants and animals and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, has always been a safe haven for me, far away from the rest of the world.
But this pureness begins to vanish.
The animals of the oceans are decreasing and die and with every storm the beaches are again covered in plastic.
What can we do to stop this destruction of our environment? And how can I fight this sense of paralysis inside me?

Technical data

Country of production: Italy
Shooting Format: HD 1080@25p
Original Master Format: HD 1080@25p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Screening Format: DCP, Apple ProRes or any on request
Audio Format: Stereo (2.0)
Running time: 52”
Subtitles available: German / Italian / English


Director: Julie Hössle
Cinematographer: Andrea Bertoldi
Editor: Claudia Gerstl
Soundrecordist: Matteo Avesani, Lorenzo Misia
Sound Design and Mix: Benedikt Mühle
Music: Julia Rolle


ZeLIG is located in Bolzano, Italy, a multilingual city where different cultures live together. The school is a place of exchange for students, teachers and film professionals from all over the world.
At ZeLIG the spoken languages are German, Italian and English. This creative approach to linguistic variety opens the gates to the international markets and to future opportunities.