CATEGORIES Drama, Foreign Language, Independent, Deals, ThinkFilm, Distribution, Toronto International Film Festival, Cinematical Indie, Toronto Film Festival, Movie News, CinematicalItalian director Daniele Luchetti has made a dozen films since 1985. He won a David di Donatello Award as Best New Director for Domani accadrà in 1988, and his most recent film My Brother is an Only Child, has already won a Donatello Award for Best Script. My Brother opened to good box office returns in Italy in April, and shortly thereafter screened at Cannes as part of the Un Certain Regard section. In advance of its screening at the Toronto Film Festival, indieWIRE reports that THINKFilm has acquired North American rights to the film and plans to distribute it theatrically in March 2008.
Our own James Rocchi saw it at Cannes. He described My Brother as a "light-but-sentimental story of family in 1960's Italy" that reminded him of the "soaring, sweeping, astonishing" The Best of Youth. Like that six-hour epic, My Brother "follows two brothers through years of Italian history, with their personal and political travails echoing down the years, but My Brother is an Only Child is both briefer and breezier." James concluded: "Comparing it to The Best of Youth is like comparing a drawing of a toy car to a Formula One racer, but My Brother is an Only Child is still a handsomely-made, brightly charming pleasure in it's own right."
THINKFilm has a mixture of English-language features and documentaries on their upcoming slate. Earlier this year, they released Avenue Montaigne, a feather-light comedy/drama, in February, and the film ended up making more than two million dollars, so perhaps they're hoping to repeat that success with My Brother is an Only Child.