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MY BROTHER SIMPLE (SIMPEL)

MY BROTHER SIMPLE
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When his mentally handicapped brother is to be sent to a home, Ben and Simple run away, trying to find their long-lost father.

Ever since Ben can think, he and his brother they call "Simple" have been thick as thieves. Simple is 22 years old, but mentally he's a three-year-old. Even if Simple can be a nuisance, Ben can't imagine life without him. When their mother dies unexpectedly, Simple is supposed to be sent to a care home. But Ben won't stand for it. They run away together, and after a crazy odyssey and a night spent outside under the stars, Ben realizes there's only one way out: They have to find their Dad, whom they haven't seen for 15 years.

MY BROTHER SIMPLE is based on the novel by world-famous French writer Marie-Aude Murail and stars two of Germany’s most talented young actors: David Kross as Simple (THE READER, TOUGH ENOUGH) and Frederick Lau as Ben (VICTORIA, THE WAVE). This touching and entertaining buddy-road-movie is directed by Markus Goller, whose FRIENDSHIP! was the most successful German film at the German box office in 2010.


Markus Goller was born in 1969 in Munich. He began his career as a freelance editor. In addition to directing numerous commercials for well-known companies such as McDonald's, Kellogg’s and Coca-Cola, he has also directed the feature films MASK UNDER MASK (2001), FRIENDSHIP! (2009), HOT LINE (2011), FRAU ELLA (2013), MY BROTHER SIMPLE (2016), and 25 KM/H (2018).
Genre Drama, Literature, Road Movie
Category Feature
Year of Production 2017
Director Markus Goller
Screenplay Dirk Ahner
Cinematography Ueli Steiger
Cast David Kross, Frederick Lau, Emilia Schüle, Devid Striesow, Annette Frier
Producer Michael Lehmann
Production Company Letterbox Filmproduktion/Hamburg, in co-production with C-Films (Deutschland), Amalia Film/Munich, ZDF
Length 111 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals Shanghai 2017 (In Competition), Zurich 2017, Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival 2018, Cleveland 2018, Haugesund 2019
Awards Bavarian Film Prize 2017 (Best Actors: David Kross & Frederick Lau ex aequo), Youth Award Kristiansand 2018
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund, Nordmedia
German Distributor Universum Film

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