Scene from the film Are You Sleeping, Brother Jakob?
Scene from the film Are You Sleeping, Brother Jakob?
Scene from the film Are You Sleeping, Brother Jakob?
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Are You Sleeping, Brother Jakob?

  • Austria
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Jakob took his life. He had emigrated to Portugal, yet was stricken with homesickness and longing. Two years later in Are You Sleeping, Brother Jakob? his four brothers, including director Stefan Bohun, take a trip into the past. Their different memories about the late brother gradually shape a family portrait in which everyone, even as adults, has had yet to find their place.

Are You Sleeping, Brother Jakob? is a very considerate, personal film about both farewell and reunion. The scattered archival footage, showing the brothers as children and teens – on mountain tops in summer, swimming together, wildly dancing and cavorting – impart an unforeseen levity. The search starts in the Tyrolean valley Lareintal and eventually ends in a hotel room in Porto with the realisation that this is not particularly a film about sadness but the necessity of grief. And about finding those who accompany us in life.


  • Original title
    Are You Sleeping, Brother Jakob?
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Stefan, Johannes, David Bohun
  • DOP
    Klemens Hufnagl
  • Editing
    Marek Kralovsky
  • Sound
    Hjalti Bager-Jonathansson
  • Duration
    80 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Festival Max Ophüls Preis 2018, DE
    • Mumbai Int. FF 2018, IN
    • Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Films 2018, AT
    • Visions du Réel Int. FF 2018, CH
    • DOK.fest Munich 2018, DE | Festival international du film de Nancy 2018, FR
    • Filmfestival Kitzbühel 2018, AT
    • Kasseler Dokfest 2018, DE
    • ZINEBI Film Festival 2018, ES
    • Int. Filmwochenende Würzburg 2019, DE
    • Moscow Int. Documentary Film Festival DOKer 2019, RU
    • Trento FF 2019, IT
    • Elbe Dock Film Festival 2019, CZ
    • CineEco Film Festival 2019, PT
    • Dolomitale FF 2019, IT
    • Bansko Film Festival 2019, BG
  • Awards
    • Best Documentary Award (Mumbai Int FF 2018)
    • Audience Award (Moscow Int. Documentary Film Festival DOKer 2019)
    • Gold Gentian Award (Trento Film Festival 2019)
    • Youth Award (CineEco Film Festival 2019)
    • Grand Prix (Bansko Film Festival 2019) is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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