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Adapted from a 1909 novel by Jack London yet set in a provocatively unspecified moment in Italy’s history, Martin Eden is a passionate and enthralling narrative fresco in the tradition of the great Italian classics. Martin (played by the marvelously committed Luca Marinelli) is a self-taught proletarian with artistic aspirations who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his station and marry a wealthy young university student (Jessica Cressy). The dissatisfactions of working-class toil and bourgeois success lead to his political awakening. Winner of the Best Actor prize at the Venice Film Festival. Italian with subtitles. (129 mins)
“Critic’s Pick! Audacious and thrilling. An ingenious adaptation of the Jack London novel. pure cinema.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“A kaleidoscopic historical fantasia that seems possessed by the ghosts of Italian cinema.” –Imogen Sara Smith, Film Comment
“A spectacular performance. Marinelli is a force of nature in every scene and doesn’t play Eden so much as inhabit him.” – Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter