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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

My Brother is an Only Child

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

My Brother is an Only Child
Brothers Accio and Manrico in My Brother is an Only Child (THINKFilm)

The new Italian film My Brother is an Only Child (opening May 2 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) focuses on two siblings who choose opposite sides of the political spectrum in Italy during the 60s and 70s. The film swept Italy's Donatelli awards, their equivalent of Hollywood's Oscars. Italian screenwriters Sandro Petraglia and Stefano Rulli see sibling rivalry as the perfect metaphor for exploring their country's often divisive politics. In 2003's The Best of Youth , two brothers reflect four decades of political turbulence beginning in 1963. In this year's My Brother is an Only Child , the writing duo partners with director Daniele Luchetti for another story set in the 60s and 70s, and focused on two very different brothers. (You can listen to my radio feature or read the extended review and interview.)

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