Norsk filminstitutt

Two brothers, Markus and Lukas, live in an old, townhouse in the middle of Oslo. The river runs close to their home. A paradise in the big city. And then there's Smola, where their mother grew up and where summer vacations are spent. We watch them grow up, and their dreams and expectations being shaped. Markus loves soccer, and wants to be a professional. Lukas is more of a philosopher asking questions about the world, about himself, and what it's all about. Sometimes, what they want and need is the direct opposite of being a loving son or brother.

The documentary Brothers is filmed by director and cinematographer Aslaug Holm, the boys' mother, over an eight year period. This is her attempt to capture their childhood and brotherhood, and their discovery of life, while looking back at her own family history.

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2015
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2015-01-14
Production company:
Fenris Film AS
Producer:
Tore Buvarp
Sales agent:
LevelK Aps

Director

  • Aslaug Holm

     Aslaug Holm (b. 1965), director and cinematographer recognized for her distinctive, personal style. 

    Cinematographer and editor of one of the most successful and acclaimed documentaries ever to be theatrically released in Norway, Cool & Crazy (2001). 

    She also directed The Rich Country (2006), following Jens Stoltenberg in the time leading up to him being elected Prime Minister in September of 2005. The film was awarded the FIPRESCI-award at the Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF), where it also had its premiere. 

    Her most notable film is Brothers (2015). The film premiered at CPH:DOX, and received the Best International Feature Documentary Award at Hot Docs in 2016. The same year she also received the National Film Award Amanda for Best Director.  

    Aslaug Holm

Awards

2015:
Nordic/Docs
Honourable Mention - Feaure length documentaries
Audience Award
2015:
The Norwegian Short Film Festival
Gullstolen - The Golden Chair Award, for Best Documentary
2015:
Nominated for the National Film Award Amanda for Best Editing
2015:
Nominated for the National Film Award Amanda for Best Documentary
2015:
National Film Award Amanda for Best Director
2016:
Nominated for the Kanon Award for Best Director
2016:
Nominated for the Kanon Award for Best Editing
2016:
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
Best International Feature Documentary Award
2016:
Nordisk Panorama
Honourable Mention
2016:
Le Festival International du Film de La Roche-sur-Yon
Prix Trajectoires

Festivals

2015:
TIFF - Tromsø International Film Festival
2015:
Eurodok - European Documentary Film Festival
2015:
Kristiansand International Children and Youth Film Festival
2015:
The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival
2015:
Nordic/Docs
2015:
The Norwegian Short Film Festival
2015:
Kort
2015:
Nordic Film Days Lübeck
2015:
CPH:DOX
2015:
Northern Character Film & TV Festival
2015:
Porto/Post/Doc: Film & Media Festival
2016:
Göteborg International Film Festival
2016:
European Youth Film Festival of Flanders
2016:
Dublin International Film Festival
2016:
Titanic International Film Festival
2016:
Visions du Réel, Nyon
2016:
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
2016:
Docville International Documentary Film Festival
2016:
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
2016:
Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival
2016:
Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival
2016:
DocAviv, Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival
2016:
Beyond Frozen Point
2016:
Edinburgh International Film Festival
2016:
Moscow International Film Festival
2016:
Gimli Film Festival
2016:
Dokufest - International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Prizren
2016:
MakeDox Creative Documentary Film Festival
2016:
EBS International Documentary Film Festival
2016:
Ponte Nordica, Sao Paulo
2016:
Camden International Film Festival
2016:
Docfest Maastricht
2016:
Nordisk Panorama
2016:
Reykjavik International Film Festival
2016:
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
2016:
Le Festival International du Film de La Roche-sur-Yon
2016:
Antenna Documentary Festival
2016:
DocsMX International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City
2016:
Riga International Film Festival
2016:
HipTrip Travel Film Festival
2016:
Jean Rouch International Film Festival
2016:
Noordelijk Film Festival
2016:
Rencontres Internationale du Documentaire de Montreal
2017:
Internationaal Filmfestival Assen
2017:
Ambulante Film Festival
2017:
Beyond Frozen Point
2017:
Festival du Film Européen de Houlgate
2018:
Nordic/Docs

Crew

Director:
Aslaug Holm
Cinematographer:
Aslaug Holm
Editor:
Anders Teigen
Hilde Bjørnstad
Aslaug Holm
Composer:
John Erik Kaada
Sound Design:
Stig Holte
Bent Erik Holm
Espen Rønning
Sound engineer:
Daniel Lindvik
Svein-Ketil Bjøntegård
Johannes Dekko
Sound Recording:
Stig Holte
Still photographer:
Margaret Lange

Technical information

Format:
DCP 4k
Screen ratio:
1:1,85
Colour:
Colour
Sound format:
Stereo 5.1
Length in mins:
110'
Language:
Norwegian
Subtitles:
English

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