Winter Brothers wins actor award in Locarno

AWARD. Elliott Crosset Hove, who takes the lead in Hlynur Pálmason's feature debut "Winter Brothers," wins the Best Actor Award at the Locarno Film Festival. The film also receives three independent prizes at the festival, one of Europe's most prominent focusing on auteur films and new talent.

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Elliott Crosset Hove takes home the Best Actor Leopard at Locarno Festival Saturday. Photo: Locarno Festival / Massimo Pedrazzini

Elliott Crosset Hove received the Best Actor Award at the Locarno Festival for his performance in Hlynur Pálmason's feature film debut "Winter Brothers." The festival in southern Switzerland is one of Europe's oldest, celebrating auteur films and new talents.

"Winter Brothers," which participated in the main competition of the festival, also received three other prizes by independent juries: a Special Mention by the Ecumenical Jury, the Europa Cinemas Label distribution award and the Junior Jury's First Prize.

Strong performance in white

Elliott Crosset Hove receives the award for his performance as Emil in a story of two brothers who work in a limestone factory. The film follows their routines, habits and rituals, focusing on the youngest brother Emil and his need to be loved and desired.

The jury members, presided over by French filmmaker Olivier Assayas, motivates their choice with these words:

"In the film, Elliott Crosset Hove drops into the white: of the icy winter forest and the density of the chalk mine in which Emil works. White is also the character of his persona, wild-eyed and marginalized, who dreams of his neighbor while he distills strange liquors with chemicals stolen from the mine." Read the full motivation

Recent titles with Elliott Crosset Hove on the cast include "In the Blood" by Rasmus Heisterberg and "Parents" by Christian Tafdrup as well as the TV series "Follow the Money".

The festival's Best Actress Award went to Isabelle Huppert for her role in "Madame Hyde".

More about the film

Most of "Winter Brothers" is shot on 16mm in a Danish limestone quarry. Playing opposite Elliott Crosset Hove's Emil is Simon Sears in the role of the big brother. The cast also includes Peter Plaugborg, Michael Brostrup, Victoria Carmen Sonne and Lars Mikkelsen.

"Winter Brothers" is produced by Julie Waltersdorph Hansen and Per Damgaard Hansen for Masterplan Pictures and is the company's first feature film. Anton Máni Svansson has co-produced for Icelandic Join Motion Pictures. The film has received support from the Danish Film Institute's talent scheme New Danish Screen and co-production support from the Icelandic Film Center.

Locarno Festival 2-12 August 2017

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