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Winter Brothers

Hlynur Pálmason
Denmark 2017 / 100’
Wild Roses

Draw a breath of frosty air, inhale the snow, and give yourself over to the strangest winter journey you have ever experienced at the movies. Surrealistic, absurd, with stains of black humor on white snow, this film by Hlynur Pálmason takes us to a workers' village in the middle of the forest. Two brothers live here, as you might expect in a fairytale, the younger of which makes moonshine, desperately longs for love and keeps repeating that everyone has a dark side. Here, the metaphor for that dark side is a mine, where headlamps barely break through the darkness while tension slowly simmers between the laboring men. Visual, surprising and with intensively powerful images, Winter Brothers is about what is hidden deep within: rivalry, aggression, and desire for revenge, all of which hurt and destroy when released from the deep shafts of the human soul. But it's also about everything that can push back that darkness.

Małgorzata Sadowska


New Horizons IFF 2017 - FIPRESCI Mention; Camerimage 2017 - Best Cinematography Debut; CPH PIX 2017 - New Talent Grand PIX; Locarno IFF 2017 - Best Actor (Elliott Crosset Hove), Europa Cinemas Label, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention; Seville European Film Festival 2017 - Best Cinematography; Thessaloniki FF 2017 - Best Director, FIPRESCI Prize; Bodil Awards 2018 – Best Film and Cinematography; Robert Awards 2018 – Best Film, Director, Actors (Elliott Crosset Hove, Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lars Mikkelsen), Cinematography, Sound, Screenplay, Costume Design, Make-up; Vilnius Film Festival Kino Pavasaris 2018 - Best Debut

Hlynur Pálmason

Born in 1984 in Iceland, Pálmason is a director, screenwriter, producer and photographer based in Copenhagen. He is a graduate of the Danish National Film School, a director of award-winning short films and author of unusual photographic stories documenting Icelandic life. Winter Brothers is his full-length debut.


2013 En maler / A Painter (kr. m.)

2014 Seven Boats (kr. m.)

2017 Zimowi bracia / Vinterbrødre / Winter Brothers

Cast & Crew

director Hlynur Pálmason
screenplay Hlynur Pálmason
cinematography Maria von Hausswolff
editing Julius Krebs Damsbo
music Toke Brorson Odin
cast Lars Mikkelsen, Anders Hove, Victoria Carmen Sonne
producer Julie Waltersdorph Hansen
production Masterplan Pictures, Join Motion Pictures, New Danish Screen
Polish distributor Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty
language Danish
colouration colour