The Cinema Made in Italy program promotes and distributes contemporary Italian films to theaters in the United States, insuring that the best of Italian cinema is always available to fans, no matter where they live in the country. The series is an initiative sponsored by Istituto Luce Cinecittà and the Italian Trade Commission, and is managed by Deutchman Company Inc, which handles the marketing and distribution of the films. In previous years, the initiative has released or supported such films as Paolo Sorrentino’s Academy Award winning Best Foreign Language Film,“The Great Beauty,” Valeria Golino’s “Honey,” Marco Bellochio’s “Dormant Beauty,” Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Me and You,” Nanni Moretti’s “Mia Madre” and Gianfranco Rosi’s Academy Award nominated Best Documentary, “Fire at Sea” among others.
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.
“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
“One of the most epic-feeling Italian movies in years, A THROWBACK TO ’70s-ERA BIG-CANVAS STATEMENTS. Lead actor Luca Marinelli, rousing in every scene, comes within hailing distance of the young Robert De Niro.” – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
“A KALEIDOSCOPIC HISTORICAL FANTASIA that seems possessed by the ghosts of Italian cinema.” – Imogen Sara Smith, Film Comment
“This could be the INTERNATIONAL BREAK-OUT OF THE SEASON.” – Jordan Raup, The Film Stage
Opens October 16 – In Theaters
Hollywood FL, Cinema Paradiso Ft. Lauderdale FL, Savor Cinema Sarasota FL, Burns Court
Opens October 16 – Virtual Cinema New York City, Film at Lincoln Center TICKETS Brooklyn NY, BAM Cinema TICKETS Los Angeles CA, Laemmle Theaters TICKETS Los Angeles, CA, Acropolis, TICKETS Ashville, NC, Fine Arts Theatre, TICKETS Austin, TX, Austin Film Society, TICKETS Baltimore, MD, Charles Theater, TICKETS Brookline, Coolidge, TICKETS Buffalo, NY, North Park Theatre, TICKETS Burlington, VT, Vermont International Film Festival, TICKETS Cleveland, OH, Cleveland Cinematheque, TICKETS Cleveland, OH, Cleveland Cinemas, TICKETS Columbus, OH, Wexner Center, TICKETS Concord, NH, Red River Theatres, TICKETS Detroit, MI, DIA, TICKETS Detroit, MI, Film Lab, TICKETS Durham, NC, Carolina Theatre, TICKETS Fayetteville, NC, Cameo Art House Theatre, TICKETS Florence, OR, City Lights Cinemas, TICKETS Gettysburg, PA, Majestic Gettysburg, TICKETS Hudson, NY, Time & Space Limited, TICKETS Huntington, NY, Cinema Arts Centre, TICKETS Iowa City, IA, Film Scene, TICKETS Ithaca, NY, Cinemapolis, TICKETS Kansas City, Tivoli / Nelson-Atkins, TICKETS Lambertville, NJ, Acme Screening Room, TICKETS Louisville, KY, Speed Art Museum, TICKETS Nashville, TN, Belcourt, TICKETS Oklahoma City, OK, OKCMOA, TICKETS Omaha, Film Streams Palm Springs, CA, Palm Springs Cultural Center, TICKETS Patchogue, NY, Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center, TICKETS Pensacola, FL, Pensacola Cinema Art, TICKETS Philadelphia, PA, Philadelphia Film Society, TICKETS Pleasantville, NY, Jacob Burns Film Center, TICKETS Port Townsend, WA, Rose Theatre, TICKETS Portland ME, Portland Museum of Art, TICKETS Sag Harbor, Sag Harbor Cinema, TICKETS Salt Lake City, Broadway San Diego, CA, Cinema Society – San Diego, TICKETS San Rafael, CA, Rafael Film Center, TICKETS St. Helena, CA, Cameo, TICKETS Summit, NJ, Film Society of Summit, TICKETS Tampa, Tampa Theater, TICKETS Tucson, AZ, The Loft, TICKETS Vancouver, BC, Vancouver International Film Festival, TICKETS Winston Salem, NC, Aperture Cinema, TICKETS