28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Francesco Montagner
original title: Bratrství
country: Czech Republic, Italy
year: 2021
running time: 93 min.


Jabir, Osama and Uzair, brothers from Bosnia, followed the rules set by Islamic Salafism and their strict father Ibrahim. The radical preacher is now serving time for his involvement in the Syrian war and terrorism. Each of the sons is deciding for himself which path to adulthood he will follow. We watch them closely every day for several years as they struggle with their flock of sheep, inner doubts, and cultural expectations. This archetypal coming-of-age story about the formation of male identity captures the mood of Europe today, where more and more people, lost between tradition and modernity, cling to authority figures with definite answers.

„I wanted to be as close to reality as possible. The photography needed to be simple, but I also wanted something poetic that would distinguish the film from a normal documentary. I wanted to have something that came close to what we would call magical realism.“ (Francesco Montagner)


Q&A with Francesco Montagner:




Francesco Montagner (1989), a student of documentary film studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, comes from Italy. His feature debut Animata Resistenza (2014), a portrait of Italian animator Simon Massi, was awarded at the Venice Animation Festival. Brotherhood won the Golden Leopard in the Debut and Second Film Competition at the Locarno Film Festival.

more about film

director: Francesco Montagner
cast: Jabir Delić, Uzeir Delić, Usama Delić, Ibro Delić
producer: Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, nutprodukce s.r.o.
script: Alessandro Padovani, Francesco Montagner
editing: Valentina Cicogna, Klára Tasovská, Jorge Sánchez Calderón
sound: Daniela Bassani, Martia Cordò, Adam Levý
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