Pietro Marcello has always worked both in "fiction cinema" and "documentary," but with his filmography these labels are riskily inaccurate: because this alternation can be found even in the same film.
Marcello in his works has, in fact, always tried to experiment new languages: staging reality, using archival materials in narrative or poetic form, playing with epochs. Even in his costume films, the tale is mixed with moments that we perceive as cinema of reality.
We chose three exemplary films from these twenty years of activity to try to summarize his path in a small retrospective, and invited him to talk to us about his cinema.
Pietro Marcello (Caserta, 1976) studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples.
In 2007 Il Passaggio della linea, is at the Venice Film Festival.
In 2009 The Mouth of the Wolf won the Turin Film Festival, the Caligari Prize and the Golden Bear at the Berlinale.
In 2011 The Silence of Pelešjan, is a special event at the Venice Film Festival. In 2015 Bella e perduta is at the Locarno Film Festival.
In 2019 Marcello’s first fiction film Martin Eden, wins the Coppa Volpi in Venice for Luca Marinelli's performance and the Platform Prize Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2021 Per Lucio is at the Berlin Film Festival in the Berlinale Special section.
In the same year the film Futura, a collective investigation made by Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi and Alice Rohrwacher, is presented at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight.
In 2022 The Scarlet Sails is at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7
16.30 - Il passaggio della linea
Italy, 2007, 60'
In Italy at the pace of long-distance express trains, between narrow corridors and tired, plenty of absorbed faces. Outside, beyond the windows, are landscapes sometimes painfully scarred by human intervention, sometimes untouched in their overpowering beauty.
17.45 - La bocca del lupo
Italy, 2009, 68'
Enzo is sentenced to a long prison term. In Genoa prison he falls in love with a transsexual woman, Mary Monaco, who has a history of heroin addiction. Mary will wait for him for the next ten years that he spends in prison serving his sentence, and finally they will be reunited.
19.00 - CONVERSAZIONE CON PIETRO MARCELLO
21.30 - Le vele scarlatte
Italy, 2022, 100'
Juliette, a young motherless girl, lives with her father, Raphaël, a soldier who survived World War I. A sorceress predicts that one day some scarlet sails will come to take her away from her village. Juliette will never stop believing in the prophecy.