Isabel Grünwald: Brothers

Something went wrong. Difficult to say what. Anyhow, the two old brothers live together but do not communicate. Somewhere in the north of Bavaria, in the countryside, where Heiner has inherited the farm and Fritz takes care of the household. Fritz makes a wonderful cake according to the way, mother did, but Heiner comments to the camera that the one mother did was much better! ”It used to be different”. ”It started when he took away my puzzles. Yet he never solved one himself”.

There is so much unsaid in this well composed (editing, camera, music) diploma film from the Zelig Film School. The pauses are as important as the scenes where the brothers talk. You sense the soul of the mother in the rooms. The brothers are treated with love and respect, and you can’t help feel compassion when Heiner towards the end of the story shows the pictures from his youth. He was in the army during WW2 and was sent to a pow camp in England. A photo of a young woman is accompanied by Heiner’s remark that he regrets not to have learned English. Fritz is the philosopher, who lives his dreams between flowers and ripe grapes.

The film is to be found in the programme of idfa.

Italy/Germany, 2007, 50 mins.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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