Hlynur Pálmason’s debut feature Winter Brothers (Vinterbrødre) was presented with the prestigious Dreyer Award and DKK 50,000 at the Danish Film Institute on 21st February, in celebration of its outstanding artistic achievement.
The Carl Theodor Dreyer Foundation presents the Dreyer Award every year to younger film makers in recognition of outstanding artistic endeavours to mark the distinguished director’s birthday. It is funded by the annual surplus generated by Gaumont’s distribution of his classic 1928 movie La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc.
Eva Novrup Redvall said on behalf of the jury: “Once in a while you see a Danish film where, from the very first images, you sense that there is something exceptional going on. Or rather, from the very first sound, because in Hlynur Pálmason’s Winter Brothers, both sound and images work in a way that sharpen and challenge our senses from the very beginning.”
“It’s raw and intense, physical and fascinating. And the film continues to use images and sounds to focus on the sensuousness and the experience of being in an icy worker’s drama… Danish cinema needed a film like Winter Brothers… which insists that it is okay not to understand everything and that film above all is a sensuous, audiovisual medium.”
Winter Brothers recently won nine Robert Awards, including Best Film and Best Director, and has been sold for international distribution in India, England, Germany, Spain, Italy, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and many more.