Language: Danish, English
Original Title: Vinterbrødre
Running Time: 94min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Competition
Sometimes nothing can seem more alien than life on Earth—especially if we’re talking about life in the Earth. Icelandic visual artist and filmmaker Hlynur Pálmason’s beguiling Winter Brothers follows Emil and Johan, two brothers whose work takes them deep into a Danish limestone mine, a locale rendered as weird and wondrous as a fairy-tale netherworld. Life aboveground, meanwhile, features more familiar conflicts: Emil’s toxic homebrew may have made a co-worker fatally ill, while Johan’s decision to sleep with the object of Emil’s long-brewing desire sparks a fraternal fracas.
Pálmason’s winter wonderland is by turns eerie and odd, beautiful and forbidding, and from start to finish utterly captivating. In short, Winter Brothers is one of the most uniquely imaginative feature debuts in recent memory and well worth burrowing into.
Winter Brothers (Vinterbrødre) won 9 Robert Awards by the Danish Film Academy, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.
Director: Hlynur Pálmason
Producer: Julie Waltersdorph Hansen, Per Damgaard Hansen, Hlynur Pálmason
Screenwriter: Hlynur Pálmason
Music: Toke Brorson Odin
Cinematographer: Maria Von Hausswolff
Editor: Julius Krebs Damsbo