The Half Brother
Set in Norway
In Norwegian with English subtitles
A Scandinavian family saga based on the internationally acclaimed and best-selling novel by Lars Saabye Christensen, The Half Brother is a dramatic family saga that offers an historical parable of 20th Century Europe. On V-Day, May 1945, as a continent emerges from war, Barnum Nilson’s mother Vera is raped in her Oslo attic by an unknown man, leading to the birth of Fred – Barnum’s half brother.
When Barnum is born five years later, to the man that Vera has since met and married, the Nilsen family, like Europe, is already splitting in two. Growing up during the Cold War – Barnum with his father, Fred searching for his – the half brothers become estranged, and Fred eventually disappears.
At the Berlin Film Festival in 1990, as the Wall is coming down, Barnum, now a struggling screenwriter, learns that Fred has returned. Finally, as the true identity of Fred’s father comes to light, the two half brothers may once again be reunited…