Martin Eden

by Pietro Marcello

Martin Eden


When unskilled laborer Martin Eden meets Elena, the daughter of a wealthy industrial family, it’s love at first sight. The well-educated, refined young woman soon becomes an obsession for Martin who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his humble origins to be able to marry Elena. With determination and at the cost of great hardship, Martin sets out to get the education that his class has never allowed him to receive. Finding support in an older friend, left-wing intellectual Russ Brissenden, Martin soon gets involved in socialist circles, leading not only to political reawakening and destructive anxiety, but also to a conflict with Elena and her bourgeois world.


Pietro Marcello (Italy, 1976) attended the Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied painting. In 2007, he realized the documentary CROSSING THE LINE, which was presented at the 64th Venice International Film Festival. In 2009 his first feature, THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF, won Best Film and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 27th Turin Film Festival, the Caligari Preis at the Berlinale, the Signis Prize at BAFICI, and many others. In 2011 his documentary THE SILENCE OF PELEŠJAN was presented as a special event at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. In 2015, LOST AND BEAUTIFUL won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention at the Locarno Film Festival.


2019: Martin Eden
2015: Lost and Beautiful (Bella E Perduta)
2014: L’umile Italia (Short)
2011: The Silence of Pelešjan (Il Silenzio Di Pelešjan)
2009: The Mouth of The Wolf (La Bocca Del Lupo) (Documentary)
2007: Crossing the Line (Il Passaggio Della Linea) (Documentary)
2005: La baracca (Short)
2004: Il cantiere (Short)
2003: Scampia (Short)
2003: Carta (Short)


Luca Marinelli
Jessica Cressy
Denise Sardisco
Vincenzo Nemolato
Carmen Pommella
Carlo Cecchi


Director Pietro Marcello
Scriptwriter Pietro Marcello, Maurizio Braucci
Editor Aline Herve, Fabrizio Federico
Cinematographer (Young Martin) Francesco Di Giacomo
Cinematographer (Older Martin) Alessandro Abate
Archive Alessia Petitto
Music Marco Messina E Sasha Ricci (Era), Paolo Marzocchi
Sound Editor Stefano Grosso
Executive Producer Dario Zonta, Alessio Lazzareschi, Michel Merkt
Production Companies Avventurosa, Ibc Movie With Rai Cinema
Co-Production Companies Shellac Sud, Match Factory Productions
In co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk in association with arte

Technical Data

format DCP / colour / 5.1
length 129 min.
original language Italian, French

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