Cinema Releases - Martin Eden
The sailor, Martin Eden (Luca Marinelli), descends from Naples, working class, but his fate is changed forever when he defends a young boy from a beating by a security guard on the docks. The boy repays him for his kindness by inviting him into his bourgeois home, and it is there that Eden meets Elena (Jessica Cressy), the daughter of an upper-crust industrial family. It is love at first sight for Eden. He resolves to become an accomplished writer to elevate himself to the family’s social standing and eventually marry her. He proves himself quickly as an autodidact, but grapples with social politics. His pursuit of his individual success is in conflict with his humble origins and the proletariat’s cause. Left-wing journalist, Russ Brissenden (Carlo Cecchi), guides him deeper into socialist circles, resulting not only in a political reawakening and destructive anxiety, but also to a severing with Elena and her elite world.
Venice International Film Festival World Premiere 2019 (Official Competition)
Venice International Film Festival Winner – Best Actor, Luca Marinelli
Toronto International Film Festival Winner – Platform Prize
129 min/Italy/France/Italian with English subtitles/2019/Cert. 15
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Born in Caserta on July 2, 1976, Pietro Marcello studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti and was one of the founders of the DAMM community centre in the Montesanto district of Naples. In 2007, Pietro’s Crossing the Line was screened in the Orizzonti section of the 64th Venice International Film Festival. In 2009, he directed his first feature, The Mouth of the Wolf, winner of the 27th Turin Film Festival, the Caligari and Teddy prizes at the Berlin International Film Festival and the David di Donatello and Nastro d’Argento awards for best documentary. In 2011, he directed The Silence of Pelesjan, which was presented at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. In 2015, he directed Lost and Beautiful, which was screened in competition at the Locarno Festival and took home the Goteborg Film Festival’s Bergman Award and the Nastro d’Argento for Best Documentary. Pietro Marcello’s latest feature, Martin Eden, screened in competition at the 76th Venice Film Festival and Luva Marinelli received the award for Best Actor.
2019: Martin Eden
2015: Lost and Beautiful (Bella E Perduta)
2014: L’umile Italia (Short)
2011: The Silence of Pelešjan (Il Silenzio di Pelešjan)
2009: The Mouth of The Wolf (La Bocca del Lupo) (Documentary)
2007: Crossing the Line (Il Passaggio della Linea) (Documentary)
2005: La baracca (Short)
2004: Il cantiere (Short)
2003: Scampia (Short)
2003: Carta (Short)
|Martin Eden||LUCA MARINELLI|
|Russ Brissenden||CARLO CECCHI|
|Screenplay||MAURIZIO BRAUCCI, PIETRO MARCELLO|
|Editor||ALINE HERVE, FRABRIZIO FEDERICO|
|Cinematographer||FRANCESCO DI GIACOMO, ALESSANDRO ABATE|
|Music||MARCO MESSINA E SACHA RICCI (ERA)|
|Sound Editor||STEFANO GROSSO|
|Executive Producers||DARIO ZONTA, ALESSIO LAZZARESCHI|
|Co-Production Companies||SHELLAC SUD, MATCH FACTORY PRODUCTIONS|
|In Co-Production with||BAYERISCHER RUNDFUNK|
|In association with||ARTE|
|Supported by||MIBAC - DIREZIONE GENERALE CINEMA|
|FILM COMISSION REGIONE CAMPANIA|
|REGIONE LAZIO - FONDO REGIONALE PER|
|II CINEMA E L'AUDIOVISIVO|
|L'AIDE AUX CINEMAS DU MONDE|
|CENTRE NATIONAL DU CINEMA|
|ET DE L'IMAGE ANIMEE - INSTITUT FRANCAIS|
|FONDO BILATERALE PER LO SVILUPPO DI OPERE CINEMATOGRAFICHE|
|DI OPERE CINEMATOGRAFICHE|
|ITALO-FRANCESI MIBAC - CNC|
|THE REGION SUD PROVENCE ALPES COTE D'AZUR|
|In participation with||CON CNC
129 min/Italy/ France/Italian with English subtitles/2019/1.85:1/5.1
"A Cinematic Knockout"
"Pietro Marcello’s adaptation of Jack London’s 1909 novel is the sort of movie that restores your faith in an art form — or, at the very least, in the craft of turning a bygone era’s paragraphs on a page into an urgent, pomo mix of sound and vision."
"It feels like some lost Italian masterpiece from the 1970s unearthed from a locked vault after decades of gathering dust and slotted into the middle of a late De Sica/mid-period Francesco Rosi triple feature"
David Fear, ROLLING STONES
"Critic’s Pick! Audacious and thrilling. An ingenious adaptation of the Jack London novel. Pure Cinema.”
"The entirety of the 20th century — its promises, illusions and traumas — sweeps through the audacious and thrilling “Martin Eden.”“The book is a stunning heartbreaker, and Marcello — who transports this very American story to Italy — follows its sweep. The true miracle of this film is how Marcello translates both London’s scabrous tone and his lush, character-revealing prose into pure cinema.”
Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“An adaption that is both scrupulously faithful and wildly, almost insanely inventive. When I first saw the movie…I almost lost my mind.’
A O Scott, NEW YORK TIMES
“An Enrapturing Italian Saga”
“A film like “Martin Eden” is a refreshing tonic in its tones, style and maturity. It is poetic and relatable, with people who feel true to life. Marcello is not just telling the story of a writer, but a story about ideas and how they can change us. There is a scene of Martin lounging by the sea, in the background Mussolini’s Black Shirts begin to roam. Ideas are not just words, they can come powerfully, and dangerously, to life.”
“An Italian cinematic reverie, where personal drama and politics collide.”
"If you have never read Jack London’s novel it won’t matter in the least. Marcello transforms his vision of the story into first a rich tribute to a long tradition of Italian cinema. He shoots in film stock, giving the movie a dreamlike feel, as if it were an artifact from another era."
Alci Rengifo, ENTERTAINMENT VOICE
“Spellbinding. One of the best films of the last decade.”
SIGHT & SOUND
★★★★“Luca Marinelli’s (The Old Guard) charismatic, gradually darkening performance beat Joaquin Phoenix to 'Best Actor' at last year’s Venice Film Festival; ironic, as Pietro Marcello’s film is practically an arthouse Joker. Poverty, politics and poetry drive the titular anti-hero, a self-taught writer determined to overcome the odds, only to find his own demons harder to conquer.
'...a timely parable of curdled disaffection.”
Simon Kinnear, TOTAL FILM
“Martin Eden Might Be the Best Film of the Year. The film is a masterpiece, so you should see it any way you can.""...agonizingly beautiful"
“Absolutely wiped the floor with me.”Bilge, Ebiri, NEW YORK, Vulture
“In a cooped-up age, the great escapes and far-off horizons of Jack London’s fiction feel resonant.”
As on the page, the hero is Martin Eden. He first went to sea at the age of eleven, and we sense that he’s consumed a large slice of the world before the tale begins. Onscreen, played with bullish vigor by Luca Marinelli, he’s a handsome devil, though his looks don’t weather well. More hungry than happy, he is a creature of salty appetites, his entrance into the movie marked by sex and violence. On dry land, he is all at sea."
The New Yorker, Anthony Lane
"Pietro Marcello’s latest Is Luminous Cinema…"Luca Marinelli is A Star In The Making"
"Marcello brilliantly captures the circular nature of the perpetual expanse between the working class and the elite in the dense characterization of his subjects. The incredible depth of character, theme, and tone sweeping viewers across a wide range of thought and emotion. The quixotic, frequently angry and even epic tale of “Martin Eden” is the tale of artistic comeuppance, a rags-to-riches rise that’s somewhat autobiographical for Marcello, a self-taught filmmaker in his own right.'
Luke Hicks, PLAYLIST
"Jack London's 1909 novel is transported from California to Naples in Pietro Marcello's full-blooded, ambitious film adaptation."
Imogen Sara Smith, FILM COMMENT
'With the unexpected scope and audacity of his latest, Marcello proves that he has no intention of resting on his laurels.'
"Recently unveiled in competition at Venice, the Italian filmmaker’s fifth feature, Martin Eden, is momentous in ways that many Marcello enthusiasts may not expect: distinctly big, dramatic, and affecting, it confirms Marcello’s burgeoning talents and marks the belated arrival of a singular artist to the international art-house stage. More impressively, it does so without sacrificing the beauty, rigour, and intelligence that has built Marcello’s reputation as one of European cinema’s foremost fusionists.'
Jordan Cronk, CINEMA SCOPE
"Marcello has crafted a visual delight and Marinelli brilliantly brings a complex character with a captivating arc to life."
Brent Goldman, FILM INQUIRY
"Pietro Marcello’s soaring melodrama, Martin Eden, is a sinking portrait of an unravelling autodidact writer in Naples —tragic and beautiful all the same. Unquestionably arthouse, Marcello's cinematic language swells with a gritty and melancholic look into the plight of the dreamer."
'Combined with a conglomeration of archival footage and Italian swing music, Martin Eden is an aesthetic marvel to watch. Marcello captures memories in a way that’s indescribable to the writer, there’s a sense of almost diseased nostalgia through the film."
Monique Vigneault, FILM INQUIRY
"Poetic Mastery and an Enigmatic Performance…the film as a whole is beautiful to look at and unique in its artistry of bringing archival old footage into an already gorgeous movie.
"Martin Eden is a movie worth seeing on the big screen as it's both beautifully crafted and features wonderful performances. It will likely move you more than you’re expecting."
Emily Kubincanek, FILM SCHOOL REJECTS
"Martin Eden does what few artists or commentators care to do: attempt to grasp, rather than capitalize on, the fraught humanity and circumstances that lead to self-defeating political ideologies."
Kevin Ritchie, NOW Toronto
"Blinding good looks of Luca Marinelli...devastatingly handsome. Anyone with two eyes and a pulse could tell the man was destined for continued stardom."
Read Interview with Luca Marinelli, LITTLE WHITE LIES