Are You Sleeping, Brother Jakob?
AT 2018, 80 min, Stefan Bohun
Are You Sleeping, Brother Jakob? is a very considerate, personal film about both farewell and reunion. The scattered archival footage, showing the brothers as children and teens – on mountain tops in summer, swimming together, wildly dancing and cavoting – impart an unforeseen levity. The search starts in the Tyrolean valley Lareintal and eventually ends in a hotel room in Porto with the realisation that this is not particularly a film about sadness but the necessity of grief. And about finding those who accompony us in life.
Festival Max Ophüls Preis 2018, DE | Mumbai Int. FF 2018, IN | Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Films 2018, AT | Visions du Réel Int. FF 2018, CH | DOK.fest Munich 2018, DE | Festival international du film de Nancy 2018, FR | Filmfestival Kitzbühel 2018, AT | Kasseler Dokfest 2018, DE | ZINEBI Film Festival 2018, ES | Int. Filmwochenende Würzburg 2019, DE | Moscow Int. Documentary Film Festival DOKer 2019, RU | Trento FF 2019, IT | Elbe Dock Film Festival 2019, CZ | CineEco Film Festival 2019, PT | Dolomitale FF 2019, IT | Bansko Film Festival 2019, BG
Best Documentary Award (Mumbai Int FF 2018) | Audience Award (Moscow Int. Documentary Film Festival DOKer 2019) | Gold Gentian Award (Trento Film Festival 2019) | Youth Award (CineEco Film Festival 2019) | Grand Prix (Bansko Film Festival 2019)