Half Brother

Sandra is 16 and her mother's been missing for days. She seeks out her half-brother Jorge, they’ve had little contact. When she finds him, he’s being threatened not to leak a video he made of a homophobic attack on a friend he’s secretly attracted to.

  • Eliane Coster
    Super OldBoy, Rearview Mirror, The Mouth of The World - Exú in Candomblé, Precious, São Paulo and the Hours, Mail, Instructions to Wind Up the Clock
  • Eliane Coster
    Super OldBoy, Rearview Mirror, The Mouth of The World - Exú in Candomblé, Precious, São Paulo and the Hours, Mail, Instructions to Wind Up the Clock
  • Rogério Zagallo
    Camponeses do Araguaia: A Guerrilha Vista Por Dentro, The Mouth of The World - Exú in Candomblé, Naquela Época e Hoje
  • Natália Molina
    Key Cast
  • Diego Avelino
    Key Cast
  • Francisco Gomes
    Key Cast
  • Dico Oliveira
    Key Cast
  • André Andrade
    Key Cast
  • Eduarda Andrade
    Key Cast
  • Cleisson Vidal
    Under the Radar, A Pedra e a Palavra, Orlando Orfei - O homen do circo vivo, Teatro Sem Fronteiras: Kastelo, A Boca do Mundo: Exu no Candomblé, Angeli 24 horas, Cidadão Boilesen
  • Fernando Coster
    Film Editing
    BugiGangue no Espaço, Super Oldboy, Se Deus Vier Que Venha Armado, Amassa Que Elas Gostam
  • Sérgio Audi
  • Roberto Eiti Hukai
    Art Direction
    Super OldBoy, Angeli 24h, Rearview Mirror, Preciosa, Mayfly, Rosa and Benjamin, Body, Fatima, Mutante...
  • Iraci de Jesus
  • Cristina Alves
    Production Management
  • Tarsila Araújo
    First Assistant Director
  • Alfredo Guerra
    Sound Mixer
  • Guile Martins
    Sound Editor
  • Pedro Noizyman
    Re-recording Mixer
  • Luciana Barboza
    Acting Coach
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Meio Irmão
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Urban, Sexuality, Women, Racism
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 37 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 6, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    400,000 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 2K
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo
    Sao Paulo
    October 18, 2018
    World Premiere
    Best Brazilian Fiction Feature Film
  • Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo
    Sao Paulo
    October 18, 2018
    World Premiere
    Best Film by First-Feature Director (Brazilian Association of Film Critics Award).
  • Festival Internacional de Cinema da Fronteira
    Bagé, Rio Grande do Sul
    November 30, 2018
    Best Actress
  • 2017 Cinéma en Construction - Cinelatino Film Festival
    March 24, 2017
    First cut (work in progress) European Première
    Official Selection
  • FICSUR - Southern Cone International Film Festival
    March 16, 2019
    Argentinean Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Festival de Cinema de Caruaru
    August 28, 2019
    Best Actor and Best Cinematography
Distribution Information
  • O2 Play
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Eliane Coster

Half Brother is Eliane Coster's debut feature length film. She received a B.A. in Film from the School of Communications and Arts at the University of São Paulo and worked for 15 years as a photographer in many of the main Brazilian media outlets. During this period, she also had four photography shows.

Five of her seven short films were made with funding acquired through prizes for documentaries and short films. All of her films were selected for film festivals in Brazil and abroad and some have received important awards such as Best Film, for "Super OldBoy" at the Gramado Film Festival (Brazil), in 2016, and Best Documentary for "São Paulo and the Hours" at the CineRail film festival (France), in 2010.

In her films, her main interests revolve around human vulnerability in the face of the concrete reality that surrounds us. Her characters are usually slightly dislocated from conventional behavior standardized by society and, because of that, they will usually react in unexpected ways. Even though the themes tackled by her films are dense and complex, the narratives are intertwined with humor, irony and irreverence.

She teaches at the Image and Sound Department at São Carlos Federal University and, achieved her M.A. in Contemporary Art at the Rio de Janeiro State University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Arts at the Art Institute of the University of Campinas, having had a period of research at Sorbonne Paris Nouvelle III University, until May 2018.

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Director Statement

Half Brother began its gestation in 2008, when I returned to São Paulo after four years in Rio de Janeiro. With acquired distance and perspective on the city where I had been born and grew up and – more important – a daughter who was 12 years old at the time, I found I had a different viewpoint on my native city’s realities and the conflicts experienced by youth in its urban environments.

These young people, coming of age in developing countries' metropolises, find they've got pre-scripted roles in the machinery of consumption and media. Space for individuality and the capacity to make impact on society have become quite unattainable. Lack of hope in the future and of faith in democratic institutions confine this generation within a vast dystopia. What is left is a state of suspension, a persistent hope for things that aren't even on the horizon.

The reactions by these youth who inhabit the gaps of uncertainty became acutely visible in the demonstrations that occupied Brazil's streets in 2013—and then dissipated as fast as they had appeared, confirming aspects of ephemerality.

Half Brother, the film, contemplates this suspension, an emotional state in which people are compelled to go on without rational explanations and with little chance of gaining control over their own realities. In this anguishing and anxiety-ridden condition it is hard to project a future because those living it are anchored to uncertainty.

This suspension is a fixture of life in today's world. Exhaustion of the environment, growth of emergent totalitarianisms, and the widening abyss that separates spheres of power from ordinary daily lives have profound impacts on the individual. In their actions, Half Brother's characters' reflect and echo this situation and the feelings it provokes: fear, angst and vulnerability, but also compassion, desire, and lucidity.

The film's plot grew out of a desire to address the voids and gaps of the hearts and minds of those who must coexist in highly competitive, ever more virtual urban environments burdened with huge social challenges, keeping it's focus on the lower-middle-class youth who live in São Paulo, one of the huge cities of the developing world.

This constituency is seldom portrayed in Brazilian cinema, despite the fact that it comprises an enormous population. Putting this context at the center of its narrative, the film gives visibility to specific social questions, among them urban violence, the absence of viable public space in the periphery of the city, the difficulties of exerting sexuality, and subtle forms of racial unease.

Figuring prominently in the film’s discourse and debate is ubiquitous surveillance by security cameras, demarcating the fine line between the demand for more powerful tools to combat violence and the perverse control of citizens.

Engaging in questions that impact people and their lives, the film establishes a connecting point for the viewer to the story, stimulating reflection on the themes and issues addressed, and it also constitutes a space for artistic creation, at times sparking questions that may reach beyond the story’s original intentions.