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MY BROTHER'S NAME IS ROBERT AND HE IS AN IDIOT (MEIN BRUDER HEISST ROBERT UND IST EIN IDIOT)

MY BROTHER'S NAME IS ROBERT AND HE IS AN IDIOT
© Philip Gröning Filmproduktion

"What then is time?
If no one asks me, I know what it is.
If I wish to explain it to him who asks,
I do not know." Saint Augustine

For 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. But it can also be a confined world where pressure mounts into rage...


Philip Gröning was born in 1959 in Düsseldorf. Also active as a screenwriter and producer, his award-winning films include: SUMMER (1986), THE TERRORISTS (1992), VICTIMS. WITNESSES (doc, 1993), LOVE, MONEY, LOVE (2000), INTO GREAT SILENCE (doc, 2005), THE POLICE OFFICER’S WIFE (2013), and MY BROTHER'S NAME IS ROBERT AND HE IS AN IDIOT (2018).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2018
Director Philip Gröning
Screenplay Philip Gröning, Sabine Timoteo
Cinematography Philip Gröning
Cast Josef Mattes, Julia Zange, Urs Jucker, Stefan Konarske, Zita Aretz
Producers Philip Gröning, Matthias Esche, Philipp Kreuzer, Emmanuel Schlumberger
Co-Producers Elda Guidinetti, Andres Pfäffli
Production Companies Philip Gröning Filmproduktion/Düsseldorf, Bavaria Pictures/Geiselgasteig, L Films/Paris, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk, WDR, ARTE, Ventura Film/Berlin
Length 172 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2018 (In Competition), Hong Kong 2018, Moscow 2018, Sitges 2018, Gent 2018, Sao Paulo 2018
Awards Best Director Sitges 2018
With backing from BKM, German Federal Film Board, Eurimages, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Mini-Traité, CNC

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