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Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot

My Brother's Name is Robert and He is an Idiot

E. Schlumberger (Producer). A. Pfäffli (Co-producer), Dr. C. Ackers (Commissioning Editor BR), P. Kreuzer, Dr. M. Esche (Producers), E. Guidinetti (Co-producer), P. Gröning (Director), J. Zange, U. Jucker, S. Konarske (Actors), A. Manasse (Production Design)

Moderation: Jenni Zylka

Press Conference at full length

Summertime. In the midst of undulating cornfields next to a country petrol station, Robert is helping Elena prepare for her final school philosophy exam. These twins live in a world of their own. Sometimes they are tender to each other, other times quite violent. Robert likes to drink beer and talk about Brentano and Heidegger: ‘The sense of being is time.’ Certain rituals, games, and a love of betting connect them. Elena is jealous of her best friend and wants to know if Robert has slept with her but he’s not telling. She challenges him to a bet: ‘I’ll sleep with someone – anyone – before I graduate.’ If she loses, he gets the VW Golf. If she wins, he has to ask her for something. It doesn’t matter what, but it can’t be an object. And so they have 48 hours left in order to get their heads around philosophy and win a bet. Their game grows more serious as the end of their childhood draws nearer and nearer.
Philip Gröning describes a period of upheaval on the cusp of adulthood, in a film whose rhythm is determined by the twins’ subjective sense of time. This last summer together could go on forever. But the more they battle to become independent of each other, the more they lose themselves in their symbiotic relationship.

by
Philip Gröning

Germany / France / Switzerland 2018

German

174 min · Colour · 4K DCP, Dolby Atmos

World premiere

With

Josef Mattes (Robert)
Julia Zange (Elena)
Urs Jucker (Erich)
Stefan Konarske (Adolf)
Zita Aretz (Cecilia)
Karolina Porcari (Teacher)
Daniel Zillmann (Fat Man)
Alicia Seyding (Partykid)
Moritz Leu (Partykid)
Patrizio Wiedermann (Partykid)
Tom Gramez (Partykid)
David Zimmerschied (1st Client)
Vitus Zeplichal (2nd Client)

Crew

Written and directed by
Philip Gröning
Co-writer
Sabine Timoteo
Director of Photography
Philip Gröning
Editor
Philip Gröning, Hannes Bruun
Sound Design
Michael Hinreiner, Michael Kranz, Fabian Schmidt
Sound
Marc Parisotto
Production Design
Alexander Manasse, Maja Zogg, Sebastian Wurm
Costumes
Pia Marais, Carla Kiefer, Petra Kray
Make-up
Janina Kuhlmann, Laurence Otteny
Assistant Directors
Valerie Heine, Alisa Berger
Casting
Uta Seibicke, Silke Koch, Philippe Elkoubi
Production Managers
Wassili Zygouris, Tom Sternitzke, Holger Hage, Peter Schiller
Producers
Philip Gröning, Dr. Matthias Esche, Philipp Kreuzer, Emmanuel Schlumberger
Executive Producers
Philip Gröning, Gilbert Moehler, Pascal Metge
Co-producers
Elda Guidinetti, Andres Pfäffli
Co-production
Ventura Film, Meride, Schweiz

Biography

Philip Gröning

Born in 1959, he founded his own production company in 1986 while still studying at HFF Munich. He produces, writes and directs all his films and is also the cinematographer and editor on most of them. In 1992 his film Die Terroristen won the Bronze Leopard at Locarno. His documentary Die große Stille won awards including the Special Jury Prize at Sundance, the European Film Award and the German Film Critics’ Award. In 2013 Die Frau des Polizisten won the Special Jury Prize at Venice. He has taught at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg since 2001 and has served on juries at numerous international festivals. He has been professor of directing at the Internationale Filmschule in Cologne since 2017.

Filmography

1983 Das letzte Bild; documentary · Der Trockenschwimmer; short film 1986 Sommer 1988 Stachoviak!; short film 1992 Die Terroristen 1993 Opfer. Zeugen; documentary 2000 L'Amour, L'Argent, L'Amour 2005 Die große Stille; documentary 2013 Die Frau des Polizisten 2018 Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot (My Brother's Name is Robert and He is an Idiot)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Produced by

Philip Gröning Filmproduktion

Bavaria Pictures

L Films

World sales

The Match Factory
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