MARTIN EDEN
2019, Kino Lorber, 129 min, Italy/France/Germany, Dir: Pietro Marcello

Based on Jack London’s classic novel of the same name, MARTIN EDEN transports the turn-of-the-century Oakland-based tale to postwar Naples, where class conflict is even more prominent. Caught between his working-class upbringing and the bourgeois world of his love interest, Elena (Jessica Cressy), Martin (Luca Marinelli) hopes to climb the social ladder by becoming part of the literary elite. Winner of the Platform Prize for Directing at the Toronto International Film Festival 2019 and the Best Actor Award for Marinelli at the Venice Film Festival 2019. “The tense, emotional energy behind Martin’s archetypal European hero’s journey (think: Faust, Hamlet) is expressive, dynamic, and experimental at times. Marinelli’s performance is immaculately layered and positions him in the spotlight as the upcoming sensation he is.” - Luke Hicks, The Playlist


BLACK SOULS
ANIME NERE
2014, Rai Com, 103 min, Italy, Dir: Francesco Munzi

Calabria’s 'Ndrangheta is among the world’s most powerful criminal organizations, yet Luciano (Fabrizio Ferracane) has turned his back on it to herd goats in the Southern town of Africo. But his teenage son Leo (Giuseppe Fumo) is enamored with his drug-running uncles (Marco Leonardi & Peppino Mazzotta). The youth's reckless actions ignite a long-simmering blood feud between the Carbones and another local clan. Based on real events described in Gioacchino Criaco’s novel, ANIME NERE.

“Munzi focuses on incongruous leftovers from a benighted past, where kinship and blood feuds in a marginalized corner of rural Italy fester until entire communities are drawn into a whirlpool of intimidation and violence. This is the film’s strong suit, uncovering the feudal nature of honor and the ways in which a rash act precipitates not just one murder but a never-ending string of killings passed from generation to generation.” - Jay Weissberg, Variety.

“Munzi peels remorselessly away the layers of his plot in this timeless fable of pride and power, of youth and experience, of father and son, and brother against brother. Anime Nere is far more than a gangster movie set in the Italian south: it becomes a morality tale about breaking cycles of violence and finding a new way. This is its true strength, and Munzi does a superb job of detailing the various forces at work. Dark and sinister, full of foreboding and twists, his elegant film tells the story of a man's struggle to escape his past with integrity and force.” PIERS HANDLING, TIFF

In Italian with English subtitles.


THE INTERVAL
L'INTERVALLO
2012, Rai International Sales, 90 min, Italy, Dir: Leonardo Di Costanzo

In an abandoned building in the suburbs of Napoli, teen boy Salvatore (Alessio Gallo) is told by the local crime boss to guard wild child Veronica (Francesca Riso); as the day progresses, they explore the giant building and develop an unusual rapport. The debut feature from documentarian Leonardo Di Costanzo earned the David di Donatello for Best New Director. In Italian with English subtitles.


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