Official Selection


Pietro Marcello | Italy, France | 2019 | 129 min.
O.V in Italian subtitled in English and Spanish
Martin Eden

To say that Martin Eden is an adaptation of Jack London's (autobiographical) novel is to be left alone on the surface of this magnificent, epic and timeless work, a story that swings between radical vitalism and raging nihilism, a love story, a parable about class struggle, a tribute to Naples and to the world of images and words. Martin Eden (Luca Marinelli, Volpi Cup in Venice for this role) is a hustler sailor who one day helps a bourgeois boy in trouble. In this way he comes across a world of wealth and culture, and Elena, who will inspire him to educate himself and strive for the highest standards of literature to be worthy of her love.




Direction: Pietro Marcello
Script: Maurizio Braucci, Pietro Marcello
Cinematography: Francesco Di Giacomo, Alessandro Abate
Editing: Aline Hervé, Fabrizio Federico
Music: Marco Messina and Sacha Ricci for ERA, Paolo Marzocchi
Sound: Stefano Grosso
Cast: Luca Marinelli, Carlo Cecchi, Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato, Marco Leonardi, Denise Sardisco, Carmen Pommella
Production: Pietro Marcello, Paolo Del Brocco, Paola Malanga, Giuseppe Caschetto, Thomas Ordonneau, Michael Weber, Viola Fügen
Production Company: Avventurosa, RaiCinema, IBC, Shellac Sud, Match Factory Productions


Born in Caserta in 1976, Pietro Marcello studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti and was one of the founders of the DAMM community center in the Montesanto district of Naples. In 2007, his film Crossing the Line was screened in the Orizzonti section of Venice. In 2009, he directed his first feature, The Mouth of the Wolf, winner of Turin Film Festival, the Caligari and Teddy Bear prizes at the Berlinale, 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 Venice. In 2015, he directed Lost and Beautiful, which was screened in competition at the Locarno Festival, took home the Göteborg Film Festival’s Bergman Award and the Nastro d’Argento for best documentary. Pietro Marcello’s latest feature, Martin Eden, was screened in competition at Venice, where it won the Volpi Cup (for Luca Marinelli), and in Toronto, where it won the Patform Prize.

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