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Winter Brothers
Archived: Winter Brothers - Vinterbrødre (2017)

director: Hlynur Pálmason

composer: Toke Brorson Odin
With: Elliott Crosset Hove, Lars Mikkelsen, a.o.

duration: 94 minutes

Official Selection - Global Cinema
Film Fest Gent - Winter Brothers

"A brother 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 brother Emil, who distills moonshine made from stolen chemicals from the factory. Emil 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." (New Europe Film Sales)

"Maria von Hausswolff's strikingly atmospheric cinematography effectively captures both the chilly, grimy and utterly inhospitable atmosphere of the bleak patch of world outside the cave and the nightmarish darkness within it, where flashlight helmets only barely begin to cut through the murk.

'Winter Brothers' marks Pálmason as a talent to watch, and it may remind some of the early features of David Lynch and Yorgos Lanthimos, in both its technical skill and general disregard for the rules of conventional narrative filmmaking." ( 


director: Hlynur Pálmason
composer: Toke Brorson Odin
producer: Hlynur Pálmason, Julie Waltersdorph Hansen
screenplay: Hlynur Palmason
Editor: Julius Krebs Damsbo
Cinematography: Maria von Hausswolff

production company: Join Motion Pictures

More info

dialogue: Icelandic
subtitles: Eng subt.
country: Denmark - Iceland
year: 2017


HLYNUR PALMASON: A Day or Two (2012, short), En maler (2013, short), Seven Boats (2014, short), Winter Brothers (2017).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:1,66


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