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Winter Brothers


Two quarry-worker brothers are swept into a vicious feud in this intensely performed and aesthetically distinctive debut, featuring House of Cards’ Lars Mikkelsen.


Dir-Scr Hlynur Pálmason
Prod Julie Waltersdorph Hansen, Per Damgaard Hansen, Hlynur Pálmason
With Elliott Crosset Hove, Simon Sears, Lars Mikkelsen
Sales New Europe Film Sales

Savagely beautiful and shot mainly on 16mm, Icelandic visual artist and filmmaker Hlynur Pálmason brings a unique perspective to bear with his debut feature. Pálmason’s rendering of the hermetic world of brothers and limestone quarry workers Emil and Johan exhibits both an outsider’s clarity of view and an artist’s visionary imagination. We follow the daily routines, habits and rituals of the siblings and their co-workers amidst a wintry industrial landscape. Disorienting sounds and abstract visuals create a visceral impression of constricted lives, where tension and violence simmer close to the surface. Emil may live and work cheek-by-jowl with others, but human connection and sexual intimacy are painfully absent, so he attempts to seek some solace in VHS-inflected reveries, homemade liquor and graphic fantasies. Pálmason’s economic and arresting storytelling hints at a more significant personal odyssey, but his open and reflexive approach ultimately invites you to draw your own conclusions.

Sarah Lutton

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These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Hlynur Palmason, Director, Writer, Producer

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