IFF20: MARTIN EDEN 127 mins

3693 IFF20: MARTIN EDEN

Screening Fri 2 Oct - Tue 13 Oct at:

Luna Leederville session times.   BOOK TICKETS

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Saturday, 3 October
4:00PM 
Tuesday, 6 October
7:45PM 
Thursday, 8 October
1:45PM 
Sunday, 11 October
1:00PM 
Tuesday, 13 October
3:00PM 

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Friday, 2 October
8:45PM 
Monday, 5 October
1:45PM 
Wednesday, 7 October
1:00PM 
Saturday, 10 October
6:30PM 
Monday, 12 October
6:30PM 

Windsor Cinema session times.   BOOK TICKETS

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Friday, 2 October
11:00AM 
Saturday, 10 October
4:00PM 

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

Bold and dazzling, acclaimed writer/director Pietro Marcello’s multi-award-winning drama Martin Eden provocatively transports 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 a symbol of the status Martin aspires to achieve. Pursuing his newfound social and literary obsessions, Martin quickly abandons his friends and working-class roots, but eventually undergoes a political awakening that triggers yet another change in him.

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.

Festivals & Awards
WINNER: Best Actor, Venice International Film Festival 2019
WINNER: Platform Prize (Best Film), Toronto International Film Festival 2019

Director: Pietro Marcello
Pietro Marcello is a writer/director from Campania, Italy. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts, Naples where he studied painting. Marcello went on to teach in a Naples prison, and make radio and video documentaries. Since 2004, he has directed more than eight documentary films. In 2015 he directed his first fiction film, Lost and Beautiful. Several of his films have been presented at international film festivals, where they received various awards and nominations.

“A richly involving character portrait and a sprawling intellectual and aesthetic feast.”
The Los Angeles Times