Winter Brothers

Hlynur Pálmason’s feature debut examines the lives of Johan and his younger brother Emil, two miners whose routines, habits, and rituals are ruptured by a violent feud with a neighbouring family.

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Shot in an eerie, near-apocalyptic industrial landscape, with a ferociously stylized aesthetic, WINTER BROTHERS examines the lives of miners in a remote region. Younger brother Emil and his older, less excitable sibling Johan are dominated by the mining company and the constant, deafening hum of the machines they effectively serve. The miners live in prefab sheds seemingly held together by mould.
Where Winter Brothers is set is wisely never specified. The dire conditions the miners work under could be in any spot where the greedy abuse the powerless.

Hlynur Palmason, Denemark, Iceland, 2017, 94 min. Danish & English spoken, English subtitles. With Elliott Crosset Hove, Simon Sears, Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lars Mikkelsen, Peter Plaugborg.