This was, of course, something of a hero's return for Donato who won Rome's top prize with his debut full length film, but the director, who was joined on stage by Alessandra De Luca, came across as extremely modest and still genuinely delighted by the positive reception the film has received after the initial difficulties in finding the funds to even make the film in the first place. During the discussion Donato explained how the idea for the film came to him after he had seen a German documentary Men, Heroes and Gay Nazis by Rosa von Praunheim, but was keen to stress that the film was, in essence, a love story. He said he did not believe that people are born evil and instead said that he had wanted to try and seek out the person, the humanity, in the midst of evil. In reply to a question from the audience about the sense of fear many of the characters feel in Brotherhood and whether he was afraid of his next film, he laughed, and said yes, and then revealed that it will be called August, and will explore the themes of depression and loss.
Fratellanza (Brotherhood) opens in Italy on 2 July, 2010 and is distributed by Lucky Red.
A must see – highly recommended!
Watch an original language trailer for Brotherhood with English subtitles below or click here to watch on YouTube