Winter Brothers will be screened at Haifa Film Festival, Israel. More info here.
Winter Brothers will be a part of Vancouver Film Festival, more here.
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.
Winter Brothers is competing in the new talent grand pix and copenhagen pix festival. More here:
'Vinterbrødre' vækker helt ud i sin titel sælsomme billeder. Islandske Pálmason har med sin danske spillefilmsdebut skabt en film uden for tid og sted. Den udspiller sig på et kalkværk, hvor støvet farver alt gråt, hvor omverdenen ikke trænger ind, og hvor nat og dag synes at smelte sammen. For os, som for brødrene Emil (Elliot Crosset Hove) og Johan (Simon Sears), der bor, arbejder og lever sammen i dette støvede helvede. Pálmason tænker lige så meget i billeder og lyd som i plot. Fortællingen er æterisk som en drøm og samtidig særdeles fysisk. Beskidt og nøgen, som brødrene er det i et uforglemmeligt slagsmål. 'Vinterbrødre' er hævet over elementerne. Hverken varm eller kold, god eller ond. Men dirrende nærværende, vild og uafrystelig. Dansk film har higet efter et værk som dette.
"It’s a difficult film and almost dares the viewer to stop viewing and look away after the first minutes of a long static scene. But looking away from the masterpiece would be precisely the wrong thing to do but a worthy choice nonetheless because this is the type of film that’s not going to appeal to a lot of people."........more here: - Brief Take
VINTERBRØDRE is in the official competition at the Oldenburg Film Festival, Germany. This is our German premiere, more info here:
"Visually breathtaking, Pálmason’s debut marks the arrival of an astounding new voice in cinema."
Winter Brothers is part of the Discovery section at TIFF this year, many thanks to Steve. Here is how he describes the film:
Hlynur Pálmason’s feature debut examines the lives of Johan and his younger brother Emil, two miners whose routines, habits, and rituals are ruptured by a violent feud with a neighbouring family.
Shot in an eerie, near-apocalyptic industrial landscape, with a ferociously stylized aesthetic that suggests a surreal Dorothea Lange, Hlynur Pálmason's Winter Brothers examines the lives of miners in a remote region. Younger brother Emil (Elliott Crosset Hove) and his older, less excitable sibling Johan (Simon Sears) — our ostensible heroes, Peckinpah's Gorch brothers reincarnated as wage slaves — are dominated by the company and the constant, deafening hum of the machines they effectively serve.
The miners live in prefab sheds seemingly held together by mould. Emil's only consistent outlets, besides forlornly pining for the lone woman in town, are watching an instructional video on how to properly shoot an antique rifle and the making, consuming, and selling of moonshine. That his latest batch may have made some of his fellow miners seriously ill only exacerbates his outsider status.
Where Winter Brothers is set is wisely never specified. The dire conditions the miners work under could be anywhere the prominent and greedy abuse the powerless — from Fort McMurray to a Soviet gulag to Trump's imaginary returning coal mines. The edgy political observations in the film would be more than enough to recommend it, but Pálmason's unique vision, fierce aesthetic, and eye for telling detail make it essential viewing. His fearless approach to the medium suggests similarities with some of the most promising, intriguing filmmakers working today, such as Ruben Östlund, Ashley McKenzie, and Kevan Funk.