Wed 9 Oct

Martin Eden

Cert. 15

Festivals & Series

63rd BFI London Film Festival


With English subtitles (EST)

Italy-France-Germany | 2019 | Dir Pietro Marcello | Prod Pietro Marcello, Beppe Caschetto, Thomas Ordonneau, Michael Weber, Viola Fügen | Scr Maurizio Braucci, Pietro Marcello | With Luca Marinelli, Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato

© Francesca Errichiello

Martin Eden is the kaleidoscopic, brilliantly rendered account of one man’s spiritual, philosophical, artistic and political journey through life and Italian society, as he strives to discover his sense of identity. A tough sailor, Martin’s chance introduction to the upper echelons of middle-class life and a meeting with a beautiful young woman inspire him, against all odds, to teach himself to become a writer. This bold adaptation of London’s novel, transposed from the US to Naples, mixes drama with archive footage to create a unique fable that demonstrates the imaginative vision and creative skill of director Pietro Marcello, who follows up his impressive 2015 feature debut Lost and Beautiful with a work that is no less engaging.

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