The Sisters Brothers

Jacques Audiard, France, Spain, Romania, USA 2018, 121’
Polish premiere
A Star Is Born

This award-winning anti-western by Jacques Audiard, the maker of the acclaimed films  Dheepan and A Prophet, corresponds with some of the legendary westerns of the 1970s, especially the bloody ballads of Sam Peckinpah and the demythologizing genre cinema of Arthur Penn. The French director adapts for the big screen the bestselling book by Patrick deWitt, which tells the multifaceted story of the title brothers (John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix in bravura performances), brutal guns for hire who are connected by an unpredictable but powerful bond. Audiard, an extremely versatile director, reveals the universe of the western in a surprisingly fresh and devilish way. Like in his earlier film Dheepan, a Palme d'Or winner at Cannes, he has profound faith in humanity. The film's hard-to-forget finale is a beautiful, lyrical ode to the inherent purity of human beings. Again, as has happened hundreds of times throughout the history of cinema, this western seems to be about the predatory, wounded modernity in which its viewers are living.

Marcin Pieńkowski


Venice IFF 2018 - Best Director

Jacques Audiard

Jacques Audiard is a French director and screenwriter. He is one of Europe's most interesting and most acclaimed contemporary filmmakers. He won an award at Cannes in 1996 for his screenplay for A Self-Made Hero. He earned fame with two dramas: the multiple-award-winning The Beat That My Heart Skipped and the acclaimed A Prophet (which was nominated for an Oscar and the Grand Prix at Cannes, among other awards). He unexpectedly won the Palme d'Or for  Dheepan. His latest film, The Sister Brothers, was very well received at the Venice Festival, where he won the award for best director.


1996 Wielce skromny bohater / A Self-Made Hero / Un hèros très discret

2001 Na moich ustach / Read My Lips / Sur mes lèvres

2005 W rytmie serca / The Beats That My Heart / De batter mon coeur s'est arête

2009 Prorok / Prophet / Un prophète 

2012 Rust and Bone / De rouille et d'os

2015 Imigranci / Dheepan

2018 Bracia Sisters / The Sisters Brothers

Cast & Crew

director Jacques Audiard
screenplay Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain (based on the novel by Patrick deWitt)
cinematography Benoît Debie
editing Juliette Welfling
music Alexandre Desplat
cast John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed
producer Pascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat, Jacques Audiard, Valérie Schermann
production Why Not Productions, Page 114, Annapurna Pictures, KNM, Michele De Luca Productions, Top Drawer Entertainment, Apache Films, Les Films du Fleuve, Mobra Films, UGC, France 2 Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma
sales UIP
language English
coloration colour
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