Bruder Jakob, schläfst du noch? (Austria)

Are You Sleeping, Brother Jakob?

Bruder Jakob, schläfst du noch?

  • Stefan Bohun


Jakob committed suicide. Yet, he seemed to have made a success of his life in all aspects.
Two years later, his four brothers are looking for an explanation, for something that they will nonetheless struggle to express. They undertake a journey together to Austria and to Portugal where Jakob lived, to give form to their incomprehension and to share their grief. They make a film of the process. Directed by Stefan Bohun, produced by David, the film is also co-authored by Johannes. But that does not make Are You Sleeping, Brother Jakob? a family film. This intimate and very personal approach means the film can be used as a pristine space in which everyone can find something they identify with. Like the mountain prairies of the Tyrol or the impersonal hotel room in Porto, where their story ends, a universal space appears, allowing room for more general questions about family and fraternity, about the difficulty to express one’s sorrow, about the importance of choosing those who guide us as we find our place in this world and feel alive.

Madeline Robert

Section:  Latitudes
Length: 81'
Country: Austria
Year: 2018
Language(s): German, Portuguese
Premiere status at VdR: Swiss Premiere
VdR edition : 2018


Ralph Wieser  (Mischief Films - Verein zur Förderung des Dokumentarfilms & Co KG)
David Bohun  (Mischief Films - Verein zur Förderung des Dokumentarfilms & Co KG)

Sales Contact

Christa Auderlitzky
Tel. +4319443035


Language(s):  German, Portuguese
Subtitles:  English, French
  • Su 15 April
  • 21:00
Grande Salle (Salle Communale)

Followed by a discussion

  • We 18 April
  • 12:30