An official selection at last years Cannes and Toronto Film festivals, “My Brother Is An Only Child” will be released on Friday, March 28th in New York, coupled with an April 4th release the following week in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre. The film will then reach Pasadena on April 11th, before hitting more screens nationally.
Directed by veteran Italian filmmaker Daniele Luchetti (“Its Happening Tomorrow”, “Il Portaborse”), “My Brother Is An Only Child” is set in a small Italian town during the 1960’s and 70’s. The film tells the story of two brothers who have divergent ideological principles (one a communist, the other a fascist) and the sibling rivalry and political polarization that become symptomatic of their beliefs.
Being set during the 60’s and 70’s, two decades in the history of cinema marked by some groundbreaking work done by Italian filmmakers, “My Brother Is An Only Child’ pays direct homage to earlier Italian works, including Bertolucci’s “Before The Revolution” (1964), and Marco Bellocchio’s “Fists in the Pocket” (1965).
Elio Germano stars in the film as Accio Benassi, the young rebellious brother who takes up the fascist cause. Mr. Germano received a nomination at the European Film Awards for Best Actor. Riccardo Scamarcio plays the sibling rival, Manrico.
The film was released in Europe last spring before being picked up by ThinkFilm , the production and distribution company that is responsible for its U.S release. In its native Italy, Mr. Luchetti’s film has been regarded as a smash hit, garnering both critical and commercial success.