Elliott Crosset Hove (In The Blood) has been named Best Actor at the Locarno Film Festival for his role in Hlynur Pálmason’s debut feature Winter Brothers (Vinterbrødre), in a story about two brothers who work in a limestone factory through a harsh, cold winter.
The film follows Emil (Elliott Crosset Hove) and his older brother Johan (Simon Sears) through their routines, habits and rituals, and a violent feud that erupts between them and another family. However, the focus is on Emil and his need to be loved and desired.
The jury, presided over by French director Olivier Assayas, were motivated by these words in their deliberation:
“Elliott Crosset Hove drops into the white: of the icy winter forest and the density of the chalk mine in which Emil works. White is also the character of his persona, wild-eyed and marginalized, who dreams of his neighbor while he distills strange liquors with chemicals stolen from the mine.”
“Pálmason plays with the body of Elliott Crosset Hove, making it a compositional element in the rigorous geometries of the shots and letting lengthy footage allow his expressions and his gestures to vibrate on the screen.”
Winter Brothers was handed three other awards at the Locarno Film Festival, which focuses on auteur films and new talent: a Special Mention by the Ecumenical Jury, the Europa Cinemas Label Distribution Award, and the Junior Jury’s First Prize.