He's My Brother

Cille Hannibal, Denmark, 2021

75 min.DK/Documentary

What does it mean to give up your life for someone else? Peter is Christine's brother. He is born deaf and blind, and the family has always had to see and hear the world for him. Today, Peter is 30, still living at home. His need for help and assistance is so specific that the family is having trouble finding a residence for him. So what will happen, once the parents are no longer here to take care of him? Who will assure him a dignified life? The film is a story about the ties of blood and an incredible family dynamic, told through the younger sister, Christine, who explores the role of guardian, and what it actually means to have the responsibility for another life.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Skyggebarn
Danish title Skyggebarn
Director Cille Hannibal
Co-director Christine Hanberg
Producer Monica Hellström
Director of Photography Cille Hannibal, Christine Hanberg, Julie Bezerra Madsen
Editor Sofie Stenberger
Sound Sune Kaarsberg
Composer Sune Kølster
Production country Denmark
International sales Cinephil - Philippa Kowarsky Production Ltd. / Levontin Street 18 / 65112 Tel Aviv / t +972 3566 4129 / f +972 3560 1436 / info@cinephil.com / cinephil.com
Comment Cille Hannibal graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2013. Her previous film, 'The Night We Fell' (2018), premiered at CPH:DOX.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
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Production company
Executive Producer Final Cut for Real ApS


Direction Cille Hannibal
Co-director Christine Hanberg


Producer Monica Hellström
Production manager Maria Kristensen
Production manager Esther Nissen


Cinematographer Cille Hannibal
Cinematographer Christine Hanberg
Cinematographer Julie Bezerra Madsen


Editor Sofie Stenberger


Composer Sune Kølster


Sound designer Sune Kaarsberg

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Audience Award 2021 München Documentary Festival 2021
Special Mention 2021 CPH:DOX 2021

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2021-11-03
Bergen International Film festival 2021-10-20
München Documentary Festival 2021-05-05
CPH:DOX 2021-04-21
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