Brothers

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    Brothers

    Bracia

    Directed by

    Poland

    2015

    68 min

    • Polish

    Documentary

    After 80 years of exile two brothers come back to Poland from Kazakhstan. They aim to find their place in the new world, yet their different characters present an obstacle to this aim. One of them is a painter and a dreamer, the other one – a pragmatic engineer. They are as different as ink and water and as inseparable as a flower from its stem. They want to rebuild their lives in spite of dramatic events fate has dealt them when their house, with several thousand paintings, burns down and one brother has put the other in a centre for elderly people. The race against time begins now. Will they be fast enough?

    Awards

    • Best Film, Ecumenical Jury Prize - Dok Leipzig

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Wojciech Staroń
    Cinematography
    Wojciech Staroń
    Editing
    Zbyszek Osiński
    Wojciech Staroń
    Music
    Cesar Lerner
    Sergio Gurrola
    Karol Lipiński

    Director's Statement

    All my projects share a unique quality of combining fiction and documentary. Every time it’s the search for a new way of telling a story in film.
    My method of filming is based on the assumption that I never know where the film is going to take me. The story is being created during shooting. The most important for me in BROTHERS is the in depth understanding of the strange and intensive relationship between the two brothers. I want to analyze it not with words but with the observational film sequences where the documentary substance is structured in a fictive way.

    Production
    STARON FILM

    Press

    In a world struggling under major crisis we see a film that absorbs its viewer; [the] spectator becomes a part of the film.

    Dok Leipzig Jury

    Wojciech Staroń

    Wojciech Staroń

    Poland

    The true human drama and true emotions cannot be created or pretended, never in a documentary film. It should arise from the life itself, and my job is to transform it into a film in a way like it is, more simply and truly - stronger.

    Born in 1973 in Poland. Graduated from the Polish Film Academy in Łódź as a cinematographer in 1996. Among his most well-known films as a director are SIBERIAN LESSON (1998) awarded at Cinéma du Réel Paris, Krakow IFF and IDFA, EL MISIONERO (2000) awarded at Krakow IFF and Lodz Media Festival, MRS NIKIFOR (2004), FOR A WHILE (2005) and YEAR ONE (2010).
    In 2011, he received the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement at the 61st Berlinale for his camera work in Paula Markovitch's feature EL PREMIO.
    In 2015, his documentary BROTHERS screened at Locarno International Film Festival.