ThinkFilm has picked up North American rights to My Brother Is an Only Child, according to Variety.
A March release is planned for Daniele Luchetti's film where in Italy, it has grossed $8.5 million. It reunites Luchetti with longtime collaborators Sandro Petraglia and Stefano Rulli, best known as screenwriters of The Best of Youth.
Set in a small Italian town in the 1960s and '70s, My Brother Is an Only Child tells the story of two brothers who want to change the world in different ways. Manrico (Riccardo Scarmaccio) is a charismatic firebrand who becomes the prime mover in the local Communist Party. Accio (Elio Germano), the younger brother, finds his own contrarian voice by joining the reactionary Fascists.
UPDATE ... The official press release from ThinkFilm:
THINKFilm has acquired North American rights to Daniele Luchetti's MY BROTHER IS AN ONLY CHILD (MIO FRATELLO E FIGLIO UNICO), which is about to be unveiled at the Toronto International Film Festival in its first major film festival presentation since having its world premiere in the Official Selection in Cannes this past Spring. THINK theatrical division head Mark Urman has set a March 2008 opening date for the film, which THINKFilm International has been representing for worldwide sales since Cannes. THINKFilm International Head of Sales, Eve Schoukroun, along with THINK executives Urman, Randy Manis (Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Business Affairs) and Ben Stambler (Director of Acquisitions) sealed the arrangement with Marco Chimenz, who produced the film with Riccardo Tozzi and Giovanni Stabilini, his partners at Cattleya, their Rome-based film and TV production company.
Already a smash in its native Italy, where it has earned $8.5 million (US), BROTHER reunites Luchetti with longtime collaborators Sandro Petraglia and Stefano Rulli, best known as screenwriters of the highly acclaimed "The Best of Youth." Set in a small Italian town in the 60's and 70's, the film tells the story of two brothers who want to change the world -- but in completely different ways. The elder, Manrico (Riccardo Scarmaccio,) is a handsome, charismatic firebrand who becomes the prime mover in the local Communist party. Accio (Elio Germano,) the younger, more rebellious brother, finds his own contrarian voice by joining the reactionary Fascists. What starts as a typical tale of sibling rivalry becomes the story of the polarizing and paralyzing politics of those turbulent times, and the rift between the brothers is further intensified when Accio realizes that he loves his brother's girlfriend, Francesca (Diane Fleri) who, like everyone else, is blind to Manrico's increasingly dangerous ideas.
About the film, Urman says, "MY BROTHER IS AN ONLY CHILD is an intensely cinematic, incredibly incisive film about the dreams and the disappointments of the 60's and 70's. Not only is the film set in the exact era of the groundbreaking early classics of Bertolucci and Belocchio, it pays explicit homage to those films, and ultimately matches their beauty, intelligence, and exuberance."
Chimenz of Cattleya says, "We are excited to continue our relationship with THINKFilm in the U.S. after their international division already showed its enthusiasm for MY BROTHER IS AN ONLY CHILD when they picked it up for world sales before Cannes. We are quite familiar with THINKFilm's track record in the U.S. for handling films at once stimulating, provocative and entertaining, and we are proud for our company and our film to be associated with them."