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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Martin Eden

2019, Pietro Marcello, Italy, 128 min.
With Luca Marinelli, Jessica Cressy

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 14th 5:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 18th 7:45pm

"MARTIN EDEN is momentous…Pietro Marcello's decade-long evolution from idiosyncratic film essayist to grand narrative storyteller represents one of the most significant artistic flowerings in contemporary cinema."—Jordan Cronk, Cinema Scope

"A spectacular performance…[Luca Marinelli] is clearly destined for great things."—Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

Previously known for experimental work in documentary and docu-fiction, director Marcello moved into the limelight with this adventurous adaptation of Jack London's 1909 novel, garnering praise, controversy, and awards at major film festivals (including Best Actor at Venice and the Platform Award for "bold directorial vision" at Toronto). London's semi-autobiographical bildungsroman traces the artistic and political development of an uneducated seaman who makes a hard climb to self-education and literary success, only to be undone by the widening gulf between his socialist ideals and his commitment to rugged individualism. Although MARTIN EDEN falls closer to the mainstream than Marcello's earlier films, it retains an invigorating experimental edge, transposing the novel's setting from Oakland to Naples, mixing signifiers from different time periods, and lacing the narrative with snippets of archival (and faux-archival) footage that expand its poetic and historical dimensions. The eclecticism of the film's style and the contradictions of its central character are anchored by the charismatic lead performance of rising star Luca Marinelli. In Italian, Neapolitan dialect, and French with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of Kino Lorber. (MR)

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