Director - Pietro Marcello
Script - Pietro Marcello, Maurizio Braucci
Camera - Alessandro Abate, Francesco Di Giacomo
Music - Marco Messina, Sacha Ricci
Cast - Luca Marinelli, Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato, Marco Leonardi, Carlo Cecchi
Producers - Dario Zonta, Michel Merkt, Alessio Lazzareschi, Beppe Caschetto, Viola Fügen, Pietro Marcello, Thomas Ordonneau, Michael Weber
Production - Avventurosa

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.

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Venice ’19 – Volpi Cup – Best Actor Toronto ’19 – Platform Prize


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