Dear Brother

A documentary film by Julia Horn | 106 min | 2019


Markus Becker is hit by a car, dragged along, his head bashed on a curb and he falls into a coma. The doctors don’t believe that the 45-year-old will survive the next five to ten days. His father makes preparations for the funeral. Markus’ brother Michael refuses to accept this fate and begins an extraordinary battle. In his brother’s apartment he seals Markus’ clothes to preserve the smell. He records the neighbors’ voices. Every day, Michael exposes his brother to things that are familiar and films

everything that is part of Markus’ life with a DV camera. He wants to keep him in his world and to bring this world to his bedside. He documents every step of Markus’ development, risking his own life in the process, wishing that his brother will one day regain the ability to lead a normal life. This full-length documentary accompanies Michael Becker for 10 years on his unwavering and creative mission to bring his brother Markus back to life.


Screenplay,irector: Julia Horn

Camera: Timm Lange

Sound: Filip Forberg

Editor: Alexandra Karaoulis, Johannes Hiroshi Nakajima

Commissioning editor: Martin Pieper, ZDF/ARTE

Distribution: Film.Kino.Text


In co-production wit ZDF/ARTE
Production funded by: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Saarland Medien and FFA.

Festivals and Awards (Selection)


Dokfest Munich

Dokka Karlsruhe

Film Festival Cologne

Preselected for the German Film Awards 2020

Nominated for the German Documentary Award 2020

Nominated for the Grimme-Award 2022, Germany´s most prestigious TV-Award