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From The KimStim Collection
Winter Brothers

A film by Hlynur Pálmason

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An odyssey set in a rural chalk-mining community during a cold winter. We follow two brothers working in this harsh environment focusing on the younger one, Emil, who distills moonshine made from stolen chemicals from the factory. He is an outsider, an oddball, who made a conscious choice for loneliness and is only accepted by the mining community due to his older brother Johan. Emil longs for passion, for being wanted and loved.

When a fellow worker becomes sick, the moonshine and Emil are prime suspects. Gradually a violent feud erupts between him and the tightly-knit mining community. Emil feels betrayed by his brother when he finds out that the neighbor girl Anna, the subject of his unfulfilled desires, chooses his older brother instead of him. Revenge, loneliness, and lack of love pervade this modern brother odyssey.

 

“Impressively original, auspiciously idiosyncratic debut." —Variety

“Pálmason seemingly reproduces in his work a process of electing a new place and making it his own, after stripping it from too recognizable. And indeed, an acute sense of space and texture (ice, chalk, wood) helps involve us in the ritualistic life that so maddens Emil. —Cinema Scope

“One of the more aesthetically idiosyncratic directorial debuts in recent memory." —Slant Magazine

AFI Fest
New Directors/New Films
Locarno Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival

94 minutes / Color
English / English subtitles
Release: 2017

For individual consumers (home video)

This DVD is sold for private, home use only.

Subject areas:
Family Relations, Europe (West), KimStim

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