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.
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 (short)
2014 Seven Boats (short)
2017 Zimowi bracia / Vinterbrødre / Winter Brothers