MoMA Presents: Hlynur Pálmason’s Winter Brothers

This debut feature from Hlynur Pálmason, an Icelandic visual artist/filmmaker based in Denmark, is an immersive sensory experience set in a desolate Danish limestone mining community. A landscape covered in indistinguishable white ash and snow masks the darkness enveloping Emil, a lonely and eccentric young man who works in the mine with his much more sociable brother. Few notice Emil until he is suspected of causing a coworker’s grave illness, which leads to his being ostracized. A relentless industrial soundscape accompanies this portrait of a man trapped in unforgiving isolation.

Organized by La Frances Hui, Associate Curator, Department of Film.