Hlynur Palmason / DK, IS, 2017 / 94 min.
This striking debut shot in a raw and surrealist style is set in an alien and near-dystopic industrial landscape. The eccentric Emil and his elder brother Johan are miners working at a remote plant. Nobody takes much notice of Emil, until he is suspected of bringing illness upon a co-worker, after which he is ostracized from the mining community. As Emil begins to lose his grip on reality, the film switches to hallucinatory scenes that put us in the shoes of the neurotic Emil.
This portrait of a man trapped in merciless isolation is carried by an industrial soundscape. With Lars Mikkelsen. Winter Brothers is shot on analogue 16mm, featured in a 5:3 ratio.
The films featured in Eye’s Previously Unreleased programme were screened at major national and international festivals, but were never released to Dutch cinemas. This year, too, Eye brings a choice of films previously selected for international festivals to Dutch film audiences to redress the balance.