My Brother's Name is Robert and He is an Idiot
by Philip Gröning
For the teenage twins Robert and Elena, a weekend can seem endless yet still fly by. Time almost stands still while discussing philosophy, lying in a blissful cornfield near a remote gas station. They are in their own little world, a twin world of twin games and twin love. A confined world where emotions rise, where pressure mounts into rage… The turmoil of adolescence. Nature, time, love, death.
Philip Gröning's last film THE POLICE OFFICER'S WIFE won the Special Jury Prize at the 2013 Venice Film Festival. His 2005 documentary INTO GREAT SILENCE was a surprise worldwide audience success and won numerous prizes including the European Film Award, Special Jury Prize in Sundance, Bavarian Film Award and German Film Critic's Association Award.
Born in 1959 in Düsseldorf, Philip Gröning started his own production company while he was still studying at the HFF Munich in 1986, and since then has been responsible on all his films for production, directing, screenplay, editing and parts of the cinematography. Gröning first attracted attention in 1992 with his Locarno Festival Bronze Leopard-winning film THE TERRORISTS, the TV broadcast of which then German Chancellor Helmut Kohl unsuccessfully tried to prevent. Gröning's 2000 film L'AMOUR, L'ARGENT, L'AMOUR won Best Actress in Locarno for Sabine Timoteo.
2018 MY BROTHER'S NAME IS ROBERT AND HE IS AN IDIOT
2013 THE POLICE OFFICER'S WIFE
2005 INTO GREAT SILENCE - documentary
2000 L'AMOUR, L'ARGENT, L'AMOUR
1993 OPFER. ZEUGEN - documentary
1992 THE TERRORISTS
1988 STACHOVIAK! - short
Julia Zange - Elena
Josef Mattes - Robert
format DCP / colour / 5.1
length 172 min.
original language German
original title Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot