My Brother Chases Dinosaurs ready and set for release
by Vittoria Scarpa
- Stefano Cipani’s first work, an Italy-Spain co-production based on Giacomo Mazzariol’s homonymous bestseller, will hit Italian cinemas on 5 September
My Brother Chases Dinosaurs [+see also:
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film profile] the feature debut of Stefano Cipani, a director originally hailing from Salò (Brescia), holding an MA in Filmmaking from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and already the author of various short films and music videos, is ready to be released in Italian cinemas. Written by Fabio Bonifacci and based on Giacomo Mazzariol’s homonymous bestseller (Einaudi, 2016) which recounts the author’s relationship with his younger brother who lives with Down’s Syndrome, the movie stars Alessandro Gassmann and Isabella Ragonese, as well as Pedro Almodóvar’s fetish actress, Rossy De Palma.
The synopsis: Jack has always wanted a little brother to play with and when Gio is born, his parents tell him that his little brother is a “special” child. From this moment onwards, Gio becomes a superhero in Jack’s mind, endowed with incredible powers, like a comic-book character. As time goes by, Jack realises that, in reality, his little brother has Down’s Syndrome and he feels it’s a secret he must keep at all costs. When Jack arrives in high school and falls for Arianna, he decides to hide his brother’s existence from the girl and from his new friends. But he can’t claim to be in love when he’s hiding such an important part of himself. The truth will soon come to light and, ultimately, Jack will allow himself to be won over by the energy and vitality of Gio, who, as a result of his unique outlook on life, will genuinely succeed in changing the world in true superhero style.
The film also features the youngsters Francesco Gheghi (previously seen in Io sono Tempesta [+see also:
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An Italy-Spain co-production by Paco Cinematografica and Neo Art Producciones with RAI Cinema, in association with Imprebanca and benefitting from the support of the Emilia-Romagna Region, the Lazio Region and Creative Europe, My Brother Chases Dinosaurs will be released in Italian cinemas on 5 September by Eagle Pictures.
(Translated from Italian)
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