At the 9th CPH PIX Film Festival in Copenhagen on Saturday, Hlynur Pálmason’s Winter Brothers (Vinterbrødre) was declared winner of its main competition, the New Talent Grand PIX.
The film follows Emil (Elliott Crosset Hove) and his older brother Johan (Simon Sears) through their routines, habits and rituals as they work in a limestone factory through a cold, harsh winter.
The brothers are swept into a violent feud that erupts between them and another family, but the focus of the film is Emil and his need to be loved and desired.
The jury said in their deliberation: “We are delighted to award the New Talent Grand PIX to a filmmaker whose confident and daring use of image and sound captivated our senses completely.”
“We were excited by the choices this filmmaker made in every regard, from casting to costumes, colour and production design. We eagerly await his next work.
Meanwhile, the CPH PIX BUSTER award for Best Children’s Film, which is decided by a jury of 12 year-olds, was presented to Izer Aliu’s Hunting Flies (Fluefangeren) which tells the story of a teacher who locks his students in a classroom and forces them to resolve a long-standing feud.