Brotherhood (2009 film)

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Directed by Nicolo Donato
Produced by Per Holst
Barbara Crone
Written by Rasmus Birch
Nicolo Donato
Starring Thure Lindhardt
David Dencik
Music by Simon Brenting
Jesper Mechlenburg
Cinematography Laust Trier-Mørch
Edited by Bodil Kjærhauge
Release dates
  • October 21, 2009 (2009-10-21) (Rome Film Festival)
  • April 8, 2010 (2010-04-08) (Denmark)
Running time 90 minutes
Country Denmark
Language Danish

Brotherhood (Danish: Broderskab) is a 2009 Danish film written by Rasmus Birch and Nicolo Donato, directed by Donato and produced by Per Holst.


Lars (Thure Lindhardt) decides to leave the army after accusations of having made passes at some of his men prevent his promotion to a higher rank. Disillusioned with the army and angry at his overbearing politician mother, he joins a Neo-Nazi group, discovering only later that they practice gay-bashing. He and his violently homophobic peer Jimmy (David Dencik) become involved in a secret love affair, moving from hostility through grudging admiration to friendship and finally tenderness and passion.

Jimmy's emotionally unstable younger brother Patrick (Morten Holst), already jealous that newcomer Lars quickly advanced above him in the Nazi group, discovers the relationship and tells Michael (Nicolas Bro), the leader of the group, about it. They beat up Lars, forcing Jimmy to do the beating; but when the group leaves, Jimmy stays with Lars and takes him to the isolated Nazi safe house they had been sharing while they renovated it. As the two are preparing to go away together, a gay man whom Jimmy had beaten severely in the movie's opening scene emerges from the dark and stabs him. The movie ends with Jimmy lying unconscious in a hospital bed and Lars holding his hand.



In 2009 Broderskab won the award for Best Film at the International Rome Film Festival.[1]

Brotherhood won the 2012 "Berlin's Favourite Award" at the Favourites Film Festival in Berlin.[2]


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