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"Your brother. Remember?" trailer

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An elaborate experiment with the concept of Before-and-After photographs, Your brother. Remember? splices and dices home videos, Hollywood film footage, and live performance. As kids in rural America, Zachary and his older brother Gator loved making home movies of their favorite films, most notably Jean-Claude Van Damme’s karate opus Kickboxer, and the notorious cult film Faces of Death. Then twenty years passed. Estranged from his family, Zack returned to his childhood home to re-create these films, shot for shot, as precisely as possible--but now seen through a twenty-year lens of emotional and physical wear and tear. One brother became an actor, and one self-destructed. Which is which? How different are these lives? Could this story have turned out the other way around? Maybe. And what are these peculiar parralels in Mr. Van Damme's life, as it unfolded over the same twenty years? Born in Belgium or America, the simple childhood desire for love gets confused with fame, drugs, & ambition. The liars believe their own lies, and "real-life" clashes with the "art of manipulation." But with Mr. Van Damme and renowned pathologist Dr. Francis Gross in their corner, Zack & Gator step into the ring one last time for a title shot at redemption. Initially begun as a film experiment, the project morphed into a multimedia piece with live theatrical aspects and toured extensively through Europe and NYC. These live aspects have now been recorded and incorporated into the film. "...a surprisingly sophisticated meditation on the specificity of cinematic representation and the impossibility of successfully reclaiming the past, as well as a secondhand character study as exhaustive and authentic as any in recent memory. That it does all of this amid Van Damme impersonations and toilet humor is what elevates it from a work that's merely accomplished to something like a work of genius.--SLANT MAGAZINE, 3.5 out of 4 stars "It’s not hard to imagine Mr. Oberzan’s work being exhibited as a high-minded gallery installation. Instead, his determined effort renders with compassion and humor a specific kind of family dynamic."--NEW YORK TIMES, CRITIC'S PICK "Increasingly poignant... At barely more than an hour, YOUR BROTHER. REMEMBER? is a formal clusterfuck in the best sense, held together by Oberzan's irrepressible faith in the redemptive power of the cultural scrap heap of adolescence."--VILLAGE VOICE “Oberzan's 'Your brother. Remember?' is a brilliant piece of 21st-century art, an elegant mash-up of pop culture and the intensely personal, of memento mori and joie de vivre, the death wish and the creative impulse. It's funny, clever and profound. Oberzan is really on to something.” --TIME OUT LONDON "Oberzan’s bizarre hybrid is a touching look at innocence, pop love, family, and the divergent paths we all take".--NEW YORK MAGAZINE, CRITIC's PICK Zachary Oberzan has done the unthinkable....Though his work is extremely personal, Oberzan’s films also ask genuinely deep questions about inspiration, execution, and purpose when it comes to gathering up the reckless courage to make a movie."--FILMMAKER MAGAZINE “Goosebumps, one doesn’t receive a gift like that every day in theatre. Zachary Oberzan’s choice is moving and brave."--DE MORGEN Created by Zachary Oberzan in 2010