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Martin Eden

Venezia 76 Competition

Director:
Pietro Marcello
Production:
Avventurosa (Pietro Marcello), RaiCinema (Paolo Del Brocco, Paola Malanga), IBC (Giuseppe Caschetto), Shellac Sud (Thomas Ordonneau), Match Factory Productions (Michael Weber, Viola Fügen)
Running Time:
129’
Language:
Italian, various Italian dialects, French
Country:
Italy, France
Main Cast:
Luca Marinelli, Carlo Cecchi, Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato, Marco Leonardi, Denise Sardisco, Carmen Pommella
Screenplay:
Maurizio Braucci, Pietro Marcello
Cinematographer:
Francesco Di Giacomo, Alessandro Abate
Editor:
Aline Hervé, Fabrizio Federico
Production Designer:
Roberto de Angelis, Luca Servino
Costume Designer:
Andrea Cavalletto
Music:
Marco Messina and Sacha Ricci for ERA, Paolo Marzocchi
Sound:
Stefano Grosso
Visual Effects:
Luca Bellano

Synopsis

After saving Arturo, a young scion of the industrial middle class, from a beating, the sailor Martin Eden is invited to the boy’s family home. Here he meets Elena, Arturo’s beautiful sister, and falls in love with her at first sight. The cultured and refined young woman becomes not only the object of Martin’s affections but also a symbol of the social status he aspires to achieve. At the cost of enormous efforts and overcoming the obstacles represented by his humble origin, Martin pursues the dream of becoming a writer and—under the influence of the elderly intellectual Russ Brissenden— becomes involved in socialist circles, bringing him into conflict with Elena and her bourgeois world.

Director’s Statement

Martin Eden tells our story, the story of those of us who were molded not in the family or at school, but through what we encountered along the way. It is a novel of the self-taught, of those who believed in culture as a means of emancipation and were, in part, disappointed. A book of great political relevance that reveals Jack London’s ability to glimpse the dark side of the future, the perversions and torments of the twentieth century. We have imagined our Martin living through the 20th century, or rather a ‘fusion,’ a dreamy transposition of that period, freed from temporal coordinates and no longer set in the California of the novel but in a Naples that could be any port city (or for that matter any city) in Italy.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Pietro Marcello - Avventurosa s.r.l.
Viale Carlo Felice 89
00185 – ROMA, Italy
Tel. 0687655957
info@avventurosa.net
http://www.avventurosa.net

PRODUCTION 2: RaiCinema
Piazza Adriana 12
00193 – Roma, Italy
Tel. 0633179601
bianca.giordano@raicinema.it
http://www.rai.it/racinema/

PRODUCTION 3: Beppe Caschetto – IBC
Viale XII Giugno 26
40124 – Bologna, Italy
Tel. 0513397712
a.michelagnoli@itc2000.it
http://www.itc2000.it

PRODUCTION 4: Thomas Ordonneau – Shellac Sud
41 Rue Jobin
13003 – Marseille, France
Tel. 04 95 04 95 92
toma@shellac-altern.org
http://www.shellac-altern.org

OTHER COPRODUCTIONS: Michael Weber e Viola Fügen - Match Factory Productions

WORLD SALES: Michael Weber - The Match Factory
Domstrasse 60
50668 – Cologne, Germany
Tel. 0049221539709-0
info@matchfactory.de
http://www.the-match-factory.com

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: 01 Distribution
Piazza Adriana 12
00193 – Roma, Italy
Tel. 0633179601
annalisa.paolicchi@raicinema.it
http://www.01distribution.it

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Gabriele Barcaro
Tel. +39 340 5538425
Gabriele.barcaro@gmail.com

PRESS OFFICE: Gordon Spragg, Laurin Dietrich, Michael Arnon - WOLF Consultants
+49 157 7474 9724
hello@wolf-con.com
www.wolf-con.com


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