Brotherhood

  • 97'
  • Czech Republic
  • 2021

“I'll come back in 23 months, inshallah, and I'd like to find everything as I have left it.” These are the words of the Bosnian imam Ibrahim to his three sons, shortly before he has to start a two-year prison sentence. Each son is given a specific task: the eldest, Jabir, has to look for a job; Usama must care for the herd of sheep; and the youngest, Useir, must do his best at school. This intimate portrait shows how none of these really work out.

Italian filmmaker Montagner spent more than four years following the three brothers. They grow up in front of the camera. Their father’s conviction means they suddenly have to rely on themselves, and one another. For the first time in their lives they get the chance to set their own course, separate from their father’s strict vision. Each son has to answer the same question: what kind of man do I want to be?

Director
Francesco Montagner
Countries of production
Czech Republic, Italy
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2022
Length
97'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Bratrství
Language
Bosnian
Producers
Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, Nadia Trevisian, Alberto Fasulo
Production Companies
nutprodukce, Nefertiti Film
Sales
Deckert Distribution
Screenplay
Francesco Montagner, Alessandro Padovani
Cinematography
Prokop Souček
Editor
Valentina Cicogna, Klára Tasovská, Jorge Sánchez Calderón
Sound Design
Daniela Bassani, Marzia Cordò, Adam Levý