Bold and dazzling, acclaimed writer/director Pietro Marcello’s adapts Jack London’s novel about a self-taught and outspoken writer, provocatively transposing the story into a pivotal moment in Italy’s pre-War history.
Martin Eden

Director: Pietro Marcello
Cast: Luca Marinelli, Carlo Cecchi, Jessica Cressy, Vicenzo Nemolato, Marco Leonardi, Denise Sardisco, Carmen Pommella
Duration: 127 mins
Country of Origin: Italy

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Martin Eden

“A richly involving character portrait and a sprawling intellectual and aesthetic feast. Luca Marinelli gives a star-making turn.”
Justin Chang, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

“An absolute blast. Includes documentary footage, wealthy decadence, left-wing politics, angry speeches (in Italian!), beautiful women, square-jawed men, quotations from Baudelaire and the heroic deployment of manual typewriters, hand-rolled cigarettes, ascots and Volvo sedans. Everything I love in movies, more or less.”
A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Luminous cinema. The tense, emotional energy behind Martin’s archetypal European hero’s journey (think: Faust, Hamlet) is expressive and dynamic. Among all else, Marcello’s re-telling of “Martin Eden” is an indictment of pandering art, much like James Gray or Martin Scorsese’s call to a more challenging, illuminating, and thoughtful expression of filmmaking. And it’s dazzling ambit goes to show that such films aren’t limited by that directive, so much as they are set free by it.”
Luke Hicks, THE PLAYLIST

“One of the most epic-feeling Italian movies in years, a throwback to ’70s-era big-canvas statements. Lead actor Luca Marinelli, rousing in every scene, comes within hailing distance of the young Robert De Niro.”
Joshua Rothkopf, TIME OUT NEW YORK

“Momentous. Distinctly big, dramatic, and affecting.”
Jordan Cronk, CINEMASCOPE

WINNER – BEST ACTOR – 2019 VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – PLATFORM PRIZE (Best Film) – 2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2019 BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTIN – 2019 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

Bold and dazzling, acclaimed writer/director Pietro Marcello’s multi award-winning drama MARTIN EDEN provocatively transposes Jack London’s 1909 novel about a self-taught and outspoken writer out of the American West and into a pivotal moment in Italy’s pre-war history.

Thirty-something sailor Martin Eden (remarkable newcomer Luca Marinelli) is inspired to remake himself as a novelist, following a chance encounter with the sophisticated, wealthy Elena (the luminous Jessica Cressy). She immediately becomes not only the object of his passionate affections, but also the symbol of the status Martin aspires to achieve. Pursuing his newfound social and literary obsessions, Martin abandons his friends and working-class roots without hesitation, but eventually undergoes a political awakening that triggers yet another change.

A passionate and enthralling cinematic achievement in the tradition of Rossellini and Visconti, Pietro Marcello’s enveloping and superbly-mounted fable interweaves historical footage with an extraordinary production design of his own. The film’s ideas are universal and timeless: the hypocrisy of class, the disillusionment of ideologies, the limits of romanticism and realism, and the question of what it means, ultimately, to be an individual.


Martin Eden

NEW ZEALAND PREMIERE SCREENINGS
New Zealand International Film Festival
31 July to 6 August, 2020
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