Films

Winter Brothers

Winter Brothers, "Vinterbrødre"

Synopsis

Director

An eccentric, dissonant film navigating the forlorn nature of an outsider, „Winter Brothers“ is punctuated with bursts of surrealism and bouts of dark humour. Shot in a cool 16mm that blends into its snowy environment, Hlynur Pálmason’s debut feature is an impressive, immersive look into the cold world of a remote limestone mine through the eyes of Emil, an awkward, fragile man who can’t quite fit in.

Played with a soft-faced naiveté by Elliott Crosset Hove, Emil struggles to find a place with his fellow miners – including his brother Johan (Simon Sears) – steals chemicals for his dubious moonshine, pines for his neighbour Anna (Victoria Carmen Sonne) and obsesses over his M1 rifle (which includes rigorously watching several Monty Python-esque training videos). As Emil continues to alienate those around him, he retreats further into his own dark side… This is a strange, compelling film – beautiful to watch but full of troubling ruminations on the nature of man.

„An impressively original, auspiciously idiosyncratic debut, one that scratches away at truths about masculinity, lovelessness and isolation that are no less true for being all but inexpressible.“

Jessica Kiang, Variety

Hlynur Pálmason

(b. 1984) studied at the Danish National Film School. He has directed a number of shorts. Pálmason’s short fiction „Seven Boats“ (2014) was selected for competition at Toronto Film Festival. „Winter Brothers“ is his debut feature. The film won the Best Actor Award (to Elliott Crosset Hove) at its world premiere at the Locarno Festival.

Filmography

  • Vinterbrødre (Winter Brothers, 2017)

Schedule

17.11.2017
19:00 - 20:34
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 011102
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19.11.2017
17:30 - 19:04
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 031302
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20.11.2017
21:45 - 23:19
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 041903
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Film info

Countries: Denmark, Iceland
Year: 2017
Duration: 94 minutes
Languages: Danish, English
Director: Hlynur Pálmason
Producers: Julie Waltersdorph Hansen, Per Damgaard Hansen, Hlynur Pálmason, Anton Máni Svansson
Writer: Hlynur Pálmason
DOP: Maria Von Hausswolff
Montage: Julius Krebs Damsbo
Composer: Toke Brorson Odin
Cast: Elliott Crosset Hove, Simon Sears, Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lars Mikkelsen, Peter Plaugborg
Productions: Masterplan Pictures, Join Motion Pictures
Festivals: Locarno (Best Actor, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury). New Horizons (FIPRESCI Prize), Toronto, Vancouver, London, Chicago

Synopsis

Director

An eccentric, dissonant film navigating the forlorn nature of an outsider, „Winter Brothers“ is punctuated with bursts of surrealism and bouts of dark humour. Shot in a cool 16mm that blends into its snowy environment, Hlynur Pálmason’s debut feature is an impressive, immersive look into the cold world of a remote limestone mine through the eyes of Emil, an awkward, fragile man who can’t quite fit in.

Played with a soft-faced naiveté by Elliott Crosset Hove, Emil struggles to find a place with his fellow miners – including his brother Johan (Simon Sears) – steals chemicals for his dubious moonshine, pines for his neighbour Anna (Victoria Carmen Sonne) and obsesses over his M1 rifle (which includes rigorously watching several Monty Python-esque training videos). As Emil continues to alienate those around him, he retreats further into his own dark side… This is a strange, compelling film – beautiful to watch but full of troubling ruminations on the nature of man.

„An impressively original, auspiciously idiosyncratic debut, one that scratches away at truths about masculinity, lovelessness and isolation that are no less true for being all but inexpressible.“

Jessica Kiang, Variety

Hlynur Pálmason

(b. 1984) studied at the Danish National Film School. He has directed a number of shorts. Pálmason’s short fiction „Seven Boats“ (2014) was selected for competition at Toronto Film Festival. „Winter Brothers“ is his debut feature. The film won the Best Actor Award (to Elliott Crosset Hove) at its world premiere at the Locarno Festival.

Filmography

  • Vinterbrødre (Winter Brothers, 2017)