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by Philip Gröning


Summertime. In the midst of undulating cornfields next to a country petrol station, Robert is helping Elena prepare for her final school philosophy exam. These twins live in a world of their own. Sometimes they are tender to each other, other times quite violent. Robert likes to drink beer and talk about Brentano and Heidegger: ‘The sense of being is time.’ Certain rituals, games, and a love of betting connect them. Elena is jealous of her best friend and wants to know if Robert has slept with her but he’s not telling. She challenges him to a bet: ‘I’ll sleep with someone – anyone – before I graduate.’ If she loses, he gets the VW Golf. If she wins, he has to ask her for something. It doesn’t matter what, but it can’t be an object. And so they have 48 hours left in order to get their heads around philosophy and win a bet. Their game grows more serious as the end of their childhood draws nearer and nearer.

international title: My Brother's Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot
original title: Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot
country: Germany, France, Switzerland
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Philip Gröning
film run: 174'
release date: DE 22/11/2018, FR 20/03/2019
screenplay: Philip Gröning, Sabine Timoteo
cast: Julia Zange, Josef Mattes, Susanne Wuest, Stefan Konarske, Karolina Dafne Porcari, Daniel Zillmann, Henry Arnold, Oskar von Schönfels, Urs Jucker, Henri Arnold
cinematography by: Philip Gröning
film editing: Philip Gröning, Hannes Bruun
art director: Alexander Manasse, Maja Zogg, Sebastian Wurm
costumes designer: Petra Kray, Carla Kiefer
producer: Philip Gröning, Matthias Esche, Philipp Kreuzer, Emmanuel Schlumberger
co-producer: Elda Guidinetti, Andres Pfäffli
executive producer: Philip Gröning, Gilbert Moehler, Pascal Metge
line producer: Christine Günther, Michael Stricker
production: Philip Gröning Filmproduktion, Bavaria Film, L Films, Ventura Film
backing: Eurimages
distributor: W-film Filmproduction & Distribution, Contre Courants
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