Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

The Black Brothers (Die Schwarzen Brüder)


Year: 2013
Run Time: 100 minutes

The Black Brothers
The Black Brothers
The Black Brothers
The Black Brothers

It’s 19th century Switzerland and Giorgio, 14, is as happy-go-lucky as the goats in his Alpine home. But his mother has an accident, and the family can’t pay a doctor. A man in black materializes and makes them a deal: he’ll give them money to save her life if they sell him their son. This man, Antonio Luini, leads Giorgio and a gaggle of ragtag boys to Milan, where they’re forced to work as chimney sweeps, scurrying up sooty fireplaces and suffering regular beatings. A street gang called the Wolves wastes no time in tormenting them. Giorgio befriends a fellow sweep named Alfredo, and they form a band called THE BLACK BROTHERS to combat the Wolves. But the boys know something about Luini that he doesn’t want made public, and he’ll crush them to keep them quiet. THE BLACK BROTHERS reminds us of the strength that comes from having friends you can count on. Note: Recommended for pre-teens and older. (In German with subtitles) —B.B.

The Black Brothers (Die Schwarzen Brüder)

CIFF38 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Family Films

Recommended for Middle School +

Xavier Koller

Fritjof Hohagen, Clarens Grollmann

Fritjof Hohagen, Klaus Richter

Felix von Muralt

Gion-Reto Killias

Principal Cast
Moritz Bleibtreu, Richy Müller, Fynn Henkel, Oliver Ewy, Leonardo Nigro

Director Bio
Xavier Koller is a member of the Executive Board of the Foreign Language Film Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences®. His works have been honored with the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, and the Swiss National Award of the Ministry of Culture, among others.

Select Filmography
"The Frozen Heart" (1981), "Tanner – The Rebellion" (1985), "Journey of Hope" (1990), "Squanto: A Warrior's Tale" (1994), "Gripsholm" (2000), "Cowboy Up" (2001), "Highway" (2002), "Someone Like Me" (2012), THE BLACK BROTHERS (2013)

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