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Martin Eden

Opens Friday, April 17

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 political awakening and destructive anxiety in this enveloping, superbly mounted bildungsroman.

Official selection: New York Film Festival; Winner – Coppa Volpi Award for Best Actor (Luca Marinelli), Venice Film Festival; Winner – Platform Award, Toronto International Film Festival

“An absolute blast. Includes documentary footage, wealthy decadence, left-wing politics, angry speeches (in Italian!), beautiful women, square-jawed men, quotations from Baudelaire and the heroic deployment of manual typewriters, hand-rolled cigarettes, ascots and Volvo sedans. Everything I love in movies, more or less.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times



  • Country Italy
  • Language In Italian with English subtitles.
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil
  • Running Time 129 minutes
  • Director Pietro Marcello
  • Cast Luca Marinelli, Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato, Carlo Cecchi