Martin Eden

Martin Eden

Lightly based on Jack London’s 1909 novel, Pietro Marcello’s sweeping narrative is rooted in the same socialist concerns as its source material, analyzing the access that wealth can unlock, and the power bestowed by proximity to it. Winning Luca Marinelli the best actor award at the 76th Venice International Film Festival for his portrayal of the striving titular character, this timeless tale brought restored attention to Italian cinema on its festival run. The film was never released in the United States due to the pandemic, making this theatrical occasion a rare opportunity to witness this new classic on the big screen. 

DIRECTED BY: Pietro Marcello. WRITTEN BY: Maurizio Braucci, Pietro Marcello. WITH: Luca Marinelli, Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato, Marco Leonardi. 2019. 129 min. Italy/France/Germany. Color. Italian, Neapolitan, French. Rated PG. DCP. Courtesy of Cinecittà.

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