MIO FRATELLO È FIGLIO UNICO My brother is an only child

2006 – 35mm – colore – 100′


Direction: Daniele Luchetti

Screenplay: Stefano Rulli, Sandro Petraglia, Daniele Luchetti from the novel dal romanzo Il fasciocomunista di by Antonio Pennacchi

Cinematography: Claudio Collepiccolo

Editing: Mirco Garrone

Set design: Francesco Frigeri

Music: Franco Piersanti

Costumes: Maria Rita Barbera

Cast: Elio Germano, Riccardo Scamarcio, Diane Fleri, Angela Finocchiaro, Luca Zingaretti, Anna Bonaiuto, Massimo Popolizio

Producers: Riccardo Tozzi, Marco Chimenz, Giovanni Stabilini

Production: Cattleya, Babe Films



Accio is driving his parents crazy: he is a surly brawler, an instinctive and frantic boy who fights every battle as the last battle. His brother Manrico is good-looking, charismatic and everybody loves him, but he is just as dangerous… In an Italian provincial city in the sixties and seventies of last century, the two young brothers go into politics on opposite sides, in an endless confrontation, through escapes, reversals, fights and great passions. It is a coming-of-age story that retraces fifteen years of Italian history through the adventures of Accio and Manrico, two brothers who are different, but not too much…



“Fast-paced, vibrant, well-written, well-crafted and well-acted (…) Luchetti’s film is neither historical nor political: for the first time, political divisions are a family matter. The opposite political choices of the two brothers are explained by their opposite personalities and experiences, they are portrayed as two young boys who are both idealist but in different ways. It is a light and often funny film, which certainly does not overlook the endless national divisions (…) well-done and accurate, with an exemplary reconstruction of that historical period, luckily not relying mainly on songs”. (Lietta Tornabuoni, La Stampa)

“(…) the real surprise is Elio Germano, who is sensitive, versatile, able to combine lightness and seriousness.” (Piera Detassis, Panorama)


2007 Cannes FF – Un certain regard

2007 David di Donatello: Best ScreenplayActor, Supporting Actress (Angela Finocchiaro), Editing, Sound (Bruno Pupparo)

2007 Silver Ribbons: Best Screenplay, Editing

2007 Ciak d’Oro: Best Actor