"The film is a masterpiece, so you should see it any way you can" – Vulture
“Spellbinding. One of the best films of the last decade” – Sight & Sound
“★★★★ – a cinematic knockout” – Rolling Stone
★★★★ – Guardian | ★★★★ – Little White Lies
Skilfully relocating Jack London's most autobiographical novel to Italy, Martin Eden follows a young man struggling to find his place in the world and his voice as a writer.
When sailor Martin Eden saves a young boy from a beating at the docks, he is invited into his bourgeois home as a gesture of thanks. There he falls for the boy's sister, Elena, and is inspired to become a writer, setting him on a journey through an increasingly turbulent and tumultuous world.
Featuring a powerful breakout performance from Luca Martinelli at it’s centre - compared favourably to a young Robert De Niro by critics - and shot on 16mm film, Pietro Marcello's drama is a stunning tour de force.
In Italian with English subtitles.
Dir: Pietro Marcello
Cast: Carlo Cecchi, Luca Marinelli, Jessica Cressy
Ita/Fra/Ger 2020, 129mins