Dear Brother


Scotiabank Theatre 3 Mon, Apr 29, 2019 5:15 PM
TIFF Lightbox 3 Wed, May 1, 2019 4:15 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 13 Sun, May 5, 2019 12:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:People with Disabilities & Disability Issues
Families & Family Relationships
Health & Healthcare
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Julia Horn
Producer(s):Erik Winker
Martin Roelly
Editor(s):Alexandra Karaoulis
Johannes Hiroshi Nakajima
Writer(s):Julia Horn
Cinematography:Timm Lange
Composer:Jörg Follert
Sound:Filipp Forberg
Michael Arens
Michael Ciesla


When Markus Becker is hit by a car, doctors give him only a few days to live. His father makes funeral arrangements, but his brother Michael refuses to accept anything but survival. A longitudinal portrait of brotherly love and understanding expressed through caregiving, this film fastidiously documents the creative strategies and exercises Michael devises to keep his catatonic sibling in this world. By engaging him in one-sided dialogue and using familiar music, videos and touch, he accepts that his brother might never respond, but is convinced he will benefit. Michael helps his brother cultivate a world inside his mind. In doing so, he creates meaning for himself—to the point where it's hard to say which brother is bringing the other back to life. Dear Brother brings a new perspective to the role of caregiver, emphasizing the importance of love in healing and the necessity of balance between giving and taking for both patient and provider. Angie Driscoll

World Showcase program sponsored by Delta Air Lines.