Lorello e Brunello

The story of Brunello and Lorello Biondi, twins living in Pianetti di Sovana, southern Tuscany, revolves around time. They spend every day, every hour taking care of the estate where they were born. All their time is completely dedicated to and consumed by constant work, as if they were condemned to some sort of existential labour. But, notwithstanding their efforts, they are on the verge of failure, they feel helpless in front of the dropping prices of the global economic market, acting like an invisible enemy besieging the twins and their impoverished neighbours while big corporations of winemakers are prospering. Their neighbours are also the protagonists of this contemporary tale: Ultimina, who accompanied them for their whole life, Giuliano who isn’t able to look after his pigs, his mother Wilma who would like to rebel against their misery. And then every Saturday Mirella, Brunello’s Rumanian girlfriend who works in a nearby town, comes to cook and clean, but she can’t stay for the night. The film, divided in four chapters, follows the seasons of a year: wolves attacking sheeps at night, working at dawn, dust, fences, animals, death and births.
by Jacopo Quadri
with Brunello Biondi, Lorello Biondi, Ultimina Capecchi Biondi, Mirella Plugaru, Wilma Funghi Biondi, Giuliano Biondi, Raniero Marroni, Domenico Serra, Addis Pampanini
Italy 2017 Italian 86’ Colour Documentary form


  • Brunello Biondi
  • Lorello Biondi
  • Ultimina Capecchi Biondi
  • Mirella Plugaru
  • Wilma Funghi Biondi
  • Giuliano Biondi
  • Raniero Marroni
  • Domenico Serra
  • Addis Pampanini


Written and Directed by Jacopo Quadri
Cinematography Greta De Lazzaris
Camera Assistant Nicolò Tettamanti
Editing Jacopo Quadri
Music Valerio Vigliar
Sound Design Daniela Bassani, Stefano Grosso
Sound Antonio Barba, Max Gobiet
Production Manager Irene Abrescia
Producers Gregorio Paonessa, Marta Donzelli, Jacopo Quadri


Jacopo Quadri

Born in Milan, Italy in 1964, he is a director, editor and producer. He has edited all Gianfranco Rosi's and Mario Martone's films and has also worked with directors including Bernardo Bertolucci, Zhang Yuan and Mohammed Soudani. As a director himself he has made many films using archive and found footage. His first documentary La scuola d’estate portrayed the celebrated theatre director Luca Ronconi while Il paese dove gli alberi volano focused on the director Eugenio Barba and his Odin Teatret theatre ensemble. Lorello e Brunello won the Cipputi Award at the 2017 Torino Film Festival.


1997 Saharawi, voci distanti dal mare 1998 La terra trema 1999 Statici 2000 Un posto al mondo · Marisa 2014 La scuola d‘estate 2015 Il paese dove gli alberi volano 2017 Lorello e Brunello

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018