Winter Brothers

Guests Expected

Director Hlynur Pálmason expected to attend April 5 screening.


A powerful batch of moonshine made in the barracks of an industrial compound causes problems for Emil after his coworkers become ill. Already an outcast, resentment grows as he blunders everything that he tries to pursue – including the only woman in town. Set in an ashen-grey wilderness, where everything is covered in a clay-like dust, director Hlynur Pálmason’s drama distinctly captures each character’s bumbling rage with sly humor in this debut feature film.

“The highly detailed technical aspect is what really makes Winter Brothers stand out. By setting his story amidst picturesque, snowy, industrial scenery, powerfully captured by Maria Von Hausswolff’s camerawork, in an almost 35mm-like, round-cornered frame, and by interweaving it with Lars Halvorsen’s imposing sound design, consisting of both industrial and natural noises, Pálmason creates an organic film that is impressively vivid. The director explores his environment without hiding his expertise in visual art, as he knows how to position his protagonists in an enclosed but simultaneously boundless landscape in order to unfold all the hidden paths of their idiosyncratic characters.” – Vassilis Economou, Cineuropa

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Director Hildur Ýr Ómarsdóttir

Born in Iceland, artist and filmmaker Hlynur Pálmason attended the National Film School of Denmark. His graduation short, A Painter (2013), was nominated for a Best Fiction Film Ekko Shortlist Award. [Pálmason found his location for Winter Brothers, a limestone factory two hours outside of Copenhagen, before he began his writing and research.] "While I'm shooting I'm not just interested in following a story. I'm interested in the hidden things, the things that stimulate me. I'm sometimes interested more in what I don't know or what I feel is underneath." (Danish Film Institute)

Film Details
  • Country(ies): Denmark/Iceland
  • Language(s): Danish, English
  • Year: 2017
  • Running time: 94
  • Director(s): Hlynur Pálmason
  • Producer(s): Julie Waltersdorph Hansen, Per Damgaard Hansen, Hlynur Pálmason
  • Writer(s): Hlynur Pálmason
  • Cinematographer(s): Maria Von Hausswolff
  • Editor(s): Julius Krebs Damsbo
  • Music: Toke Brorson Odin
  • With: Elliott Crosset Hove, Simon Sears, Victoria Carmen Sonne

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