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Film Description: A passionate and enthralling narrative fresco in the tradition of the Italian classics, Martin Eden is sure to be a landmark film in Pietro Marcello's already bright career. A captivating and unconventional adaptation of the 1909 novel by American writer Jack London, Marcello's film transposes the story of a striving autodidact to an unidentified Italian port city, removing precise temporal cues to create an elegance rare in cinema today.

An epic story of amour fou played out against an (a)historical backdrop of shifting values, Martin Eden is a cinephile's dream. Shot on Super 16mm with echoes of Rossellini's search for truth and Visconti's nihilistic decadence (Ludwig in particular), the film's formal brilliance includes intermittent use of archival footage as a living, breathing, haunting pulse beneath the film's celluloid surface. In the hands of Marcello, a largely independent and political filmmaker, this quintessential tale of an individual torn between ideals and ambitions becomes a clarion call in the face of today's dogmatic posturing.

Director Biography: Pietro Marcello is an Italian film director. He has directed more than eight documentary films since 2004. In 2015 he directed his first fiction film, Lost and Beautiful. Several of his films have been presented at international film festivals and have received various awards and nominations, including the Bellaria Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, CPH:DOX, TIFF, the Venice Film Festival, and the Munich Film Festival.  

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  • Runtime
    129 minutes
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  • Director
    Pietro Marcello
  • Screenwriter
    Maurizio Braucci, Pietro Marcello
  • Producer
    Pietro Marcello
  • Executive Producer
    Dario Zonta
  • Cast
    Luca Marinelli, Carlo Cecchi, Jessica Cressy, Vicenzo Nemolato, Marco Leonardi, Denise Sardisco, Carmen Pommella