WINTER BROTHERS (VINTERBRØDRE)
Living in a remote, snowy area can have a profound effect on the psyche, and working as a miner in this landscape, loner Emil struggles to fit into his hyper-masculine environment. He appears strange and awkward next to his fit and popular brother Johan. When they’re not working, they’re making and selling moonshine, and watching instructional videos on how to fire antique rifles. But when the brothers find themselves competing for the love of the only woman in town, tensions bubble over. Hypnotic, strange and beautiful, WINTER BROTHERS lures the audience in with its depiction of a life dictated by routine, only to then erupt with some of the most striking images captured on film this year. – Lane Kneedler
Hlynur Pálmason is an artist and filmmaker in Iceland. He started out as a visual artist, and continued his career in filmmaking by pursuing education at the Danish National Film School. His short film SEVEN BOATS (2014) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. His debut film WINTER BROTHERS premiered in Locarno in 2017.