The Half Brother

The Half Brother (2013)

  • Genre: Drama
  • First Air Date: 2013-01-06
  • Last Air Date: 2013-02-17
  • Total Seasons: 1
  • Total Episodes: 8
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 45 min.
  • Production Company: Monster
  • Production Country: Norway
  • Networks: NRK1
  • Director: Per-Olav Sørensen
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Revolving around the life of un-produced screenwriter Barnum Nilsen, The Half Brother is a dramatic family saga that offers an historical parable of 20th century Europe. On V Day, May 1945, as a continent emerges from war, Barnum’s mother Vera is raped in her attic in Oslo by an unknown man, leading to the birth of Barnum’s half brother, Fred. When Barnum is born five years later, to the man that Vera has since met and married, the Nilsen family, like Europe, is already splitting in two. Growing up together during the Cold War – Barnum with his father, Fred searching for his – the half brothers become estranged and Fred eventually disappears. At the film festival in Berlin in 1990, as the Wall is still coming down, Barnum learns that Fred has returned. Finally, as the true identity of Fred’s father comes to light, the two half brothers may once again be reunited.

  • Keywords: based on novel or book, norway, family history, family tragedy, motherhood, post war life, lost brother
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    The Half Brother Seasons

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 2013-01-06
    8 Episodes

    The Half Brother Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1Frigjøringsdager45 min
    Season 1Episode 2Der Norge setter Punktum45 min
    Season 1Episode 3Livin Doll45 min
    Season 1Episode 4T for Tango45 min
    Season 1Episode 5Diskos og Død45 min
    Season 1Episode 6Straff45 min
    Season 1Episode 7Debutanter45 min
    Season 1Episode 8Skarven45 min
    • Nicolai Cleve Broch

      as Barnum
    • Frank Kjosås

      as Fred
    • Mariann Hole

      as Vera
    • Marianne Nielsen

      as Boletta
    • Oskar Sandven Lundevold

      as Barnum as Boy
    • Agnes Kittelsen

      as Vivian
    • Vibeke Juell Bugge

      as Vivian as a girl
    • Henrik Holm

      as Young Peder
    Writing Mette M. Bølstad Writer
    Directing Per-Olav Sørensen Director
    Writing Lars Saabye Christensen Writer
    Sound Kristian Eidnes Andersen Music
    Crew John Christian Rosenlund Cinematography
    Crew Lars Vestergaard Cinematography
    Editing Anders Bergland Editor
    Editing Christopher Gibbs Editor
    Editing Mirja Melberg Editor
    Editing Sully Reed Editor
    Editing Wibecke Rønseth Editor
    Production Mette Holme Nielsen Casting
    Production Belinda Sørensen Casting
    Art Anna Asp Production Design
    Art Merete Boström Production Design
    Costume & Make-Up Karen Fabritius Gram Costume Design
    Costume & Make-Up Brita Johansen Makeup Artist
    Costume & Make-Up Vidar Svendsen Assistant Makeup Artist
    Costume & Make-Up Nina Elise Johansen Makeup Artist
    Costume & Make-Up Tom Aarø Wigmaker
    Costume & Make-Up Veslemøy Fosse Ree Makeup Artist
    Costume & Make-Up Eva von Bahr Makeup Artist
    Costume & Make-Up Hanna Zetterberg Makeup Artist
    Costume & Make-Up Hanna Zätterström Assistant Makeup Artist
    Costume & Make-Up Love Larson Prosthetic Makeup Artist
    Production Nina B. Andersson Figenschow Executive Producer
    Production Håkon Briseid Producer
    Production Olav Øen Producer
    Production Mina Holdhus Producer
    Production Rebecca Padoin Production Manager
    Production Marte Helgesen Production Manager
    Production Knut Inge Solbu Production Manager
    Directing Katinka Lotherington Second Assistant Director
    Directing Tonje S. Rolland First Assistant Director
    Directing Jan Christian Frugård Assistant Director
    Directing Kjersti Paulsen Assistant Director