'Brother' in ThinkFilm fold


ThinkFilm has acquired North American rights to Daniele Luchetti's "My Brother Is an Only Child," which is set to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.

ThinkFilm theatrical division head Mark Urman plans to release the film in March. ThinkFilm also has been handling worldwide sales for "Brother" since its premiere in May at the Festival de Cannes.

A hit in its native Italy, where it has earned $8.5 million, "Brother" reunites Luchetti with longtime collaborators Sandro Petraglia and Stefano Rulli, best known as the screenwriters of "The Best of Youth." Set in a small Italian town in the 1960s and '70s, "Brother" revolves around two brothers who want to change the world — but in completely different ways. Riccardo Scamarcio plays the older brother, a leader in the local Communist Party, and Elio Germano is his younger, rebellious brother, who joins the Fascist Party.

In addition to "Brother," ThinkFilm's TIFF lineup includes Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei and Albert Finney, and Paul Schrader's "The Walker," which screens Sept. 13 as a Gala presentation.

ThinkFilm International head of sales Eve Schoukroun along with company execs Urman, Randy Manis and Ben Stambler repped ThinkFilm in the deal 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.