Martin Eden

Friday, March 19 - Thursday, March 25, 2021

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

All screenings of MARTIN EDEN feature an exclusive video introduction from filmmaker Pietro Marcello, recorded to welcome back audiences to IFC Center for our reopening.



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

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