Brother of Sleep | 1996
Elias Johannes Alder possesses a luminous musical gift which was seared into his soul at the moment of his birth in a remote Alpine village at the turn of the 19th century. This power frightens and fascinates the villagers of Eschberg except for Peter, Elias' only friend. The two boys spend clandestine nights in the town church, where Elias spontaneously creates masterful pieces on the church organ. When Elsbeth, Peter's sister, is born, Elias is drawn to a lake where all the sounds of the universe crash in on him in a powerful and terrifying epiphany. He emerges bound both physically and spiritually to Elsbeth, and mysteriously connected to the timbres and frequencies of the world around him. As the three grow older, their consuming passions become tragically intertwined with jealousy and loyalty, culminating in a destructive rage which tears the village apart. For Elias, love, like music, has finally become an act of fevered, exquisite madness.