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.

Around The World in 14 Films 2019, presented Hannah Pilarczyk – in the presence of the director Pietro Marcello


+++ Berlin Premiere +++

OT: Martin Eden
Director: Pietro Marcello
Screenplay: Maurizio Braucci, Pietro Marcello, based on a novel by Jack London
Country: Italy, Germany, France 2019
Production: Avventurosa, IBC Movie, Rai Cinema, Shellac Sud, Match Factory Productions
Cast: Luca Marinelli, Jessica Cressy, Denise Sardisco, Vincenzo Nemolato, Carmen Pommella
Length: 129 min.
Language: Italian OV / English subtitles
Distribution Germany: Piffl Medien
Festivals: Venice, Toronto, Hamburg, Busan, New York, BFI, Gent, La Roche-sur-Yon, Sevilla etc.
Awards: Venice Best Actor Copa Volpi, Toronto Platform Prize, Gent Spezial Jury Prize, Sevilla Giraldillo de Oro