22/02/2021

arte is showing "My Brother's Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot"

"My Brother's Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot" by Philip Gröning was one of the most hotly debated competition entries at the Berlinale 2018. arte will show the three-hour "monstrous masterpiece" (Monopol Kunstmagazin) about the major themes of time, life, sex and death on 25 February 2021 as a premiere broadcast at 23:55. "A film that begins in paradise and ends in hell" (Filmdienst) and features two brilliant skin actors in Julia Zange and Josef Mattes. The broadcast is part of a Berlinale special by arte with a total of seven highlights from past years of the festival. If you can't manage to stay up that late, you can also experience this extraordinary cinema film in broad daylight! DVD and VOD of the film are available here via our W-film shop: http://shop.robert.wfilm.de.

"My Brother's Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot" by Philip Gröning

Summer heat. A petrol station in the countryside, cornfields, wind and distant mountains. The twins Robert and Elena lie in the grass and prepare for Elena's A-level paper in philosophy. For 48 hours, the summer meadow, a forest, a lake are their universe. For 48 hours, the petrol station is their only contact with the outside world. 48 hours to break away from childhood and the symbiosis of the twin world. Twin games, bets, conversations about philosophy. And the more they struggle to get away from each other, the more they are drawn into their shared world. When the weekend is over and the sun rises again over the petrol station, nothing is as it was before.

Being too much one to be two.
And not enough to be one to stay one.
End of childhood.
End of the world.

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