Archive of films My Brother Is an Only Child / Mio fratello è figlio unico

Italy / France
2007, 100 min

Section: Open Eyes
Year: 2007

This story begins at the beginning of the 1960s, the tale of two brothers with differing characters and political creed. Both love the same girl and, with the proverbial passion of the Mediterranean sea, they force the world to accept their notions of life. This exquisite adaptation of the Italian bestseller was one of the most fascinating films to be screened in the section Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes film festival.


The story begins with two brothers in 1962. Accio, an impulsive youngster who to the heartache of his parents listens only to his instinct, leaves seminary to follow the fascist ideals that a friend has infected him with. The more mature, charismatic, and well-liked Manrico on the other hand is an active leftist partisan. They both love the same girl however, and passionately defend their political persuasions. One of the most distinct Italian directors of the middle generation follows a pair of protagonists, their families, and friends through a period of fifteen years against the backdrop of the socio-political plight in Italy in the latter half of the 20th century. A captivating adaptation of Antonio Pannacchi’s novel Il fasciocomunista, the film was one of the most interesting of the Un Certain Regard section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The lead roles are played by Italian film stars Elio Germano and Riccardo Scamarcio.

About the director

Daniele Luchetti (b. 1960, Rome) studied art history and later film direction at a school run by the Gaumont company, where he became one of the creators of the anthology film Juke Box (1983). In the comedy The Mass Is Ended (La messa è finita) he worked as an assistant director to Nanni Moretti, who later produced Luchetti’s directorial debut Domani accadrà (It’s Happening Tomorrow, 1988) which met with success at the festival in Cannes (Golden Camera - Special Mention). Luchetti also gained recognition with his The Yes Man (Il portaborse), which was selected for the main competition at Cannes in 1991 and awarded two Donatello’s David national prizes. He won the same prize again for best film with La scuola (1995), in which he cast his favourite actor, Silvio Orlando.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Open Eyes
Director: Daniele Luchetti
Screenplay: Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli, Daniele Luchetti podle knihy Antonia Pannacchiho Il fasciocomunista / based on the book Il fasciocomunista by Antonio Pennacchi
Dir. of Photography: Claudio Collepiccolo
Music: Franco Piersanti
Editor: Mirco Garrone
Producer: Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini, Marco Chimenz
Production: Cattleya
Cast: Elio Germano, Riccardo Scamarcio, Diane Fleri, Alba Rohrwacher, Angela Finocchiaro, Massimo Popolizio, Luca Zingaretti
Contact: THINKFilm International


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