Growing up in small-town Latina near Rome during the ‘60s and ’70s, brothers Accio (Elio Germano) and Manrico (Riccardo Scamarcio) embody opposing political stances. Rebellious young Accio decides that seminary life is not for him. A leader of the local Fascist movement fills the boy’s head with talk of restoring Italy’s lost glories. As to Manrico, he quickly gravitates toward the Communist party and begins organizing local factory workers. The two brothers manage to remain friends despite their divergent beliefs, but their relationship undergoes a different kind of challenge when Accio’s attraction to Manrico’s girlfriend, also a committed left-wing organizer, becomes apparent. Luchetti’s political comedy observes the brothers over the course of 15 years, against the backdrop of tumultuous Italian sociopolitical history.
Daniele Luchetti (born 25 July 1960) is an Italian film director, screenwriter and actor. He was born in Rome. He debuted as assistant director for Nanni Moretti in Bianca (1983) and La messa è finita (1985). Luchetti’s first film as director was Domani accadrà of 1988, which won a David di Donatello as best debuting film and received a mention in the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.
His subsequent work was the successful Il portaborse (1991), featuring Silvio Orlando as the ghost-writer of a ruthless politician, played by Nanni Moretti. It was seen as a forecast of the Mani Pulite corruption scandal that struck Italy the following year. The film won four David di Donatello awards. Luchetti’s theatre spectacle Sottobanco, inspired to Domenico Starnone’s works, was later turned into a feature film entitled La scuola (“The School”, 1995).
His most recent films are Mio fratello è figlio unico (2006), and La nostra vita (2010), which is scheduled to compete for the Palme d’Or at… read more