Toronto, Sept 14 (Canadian-Media): Pietro Marcello’s Martin Eden was announced winner of the 2019 Toronto Platform Prize on Sept 12 by Toronto International Film Festival 2019 at a reception at the Bisha Hotel, hosted by Joana Vicente, TIFF’s Executive Director and Co-Head, TIFF reported.
Joana Vicente/Courtesy of TIFF
Pietro Marcello’s Martin Eden as awarded $20,000.
“Our main prize goes to a thrilling and eloquent work of art that we agreed on unanimously and instantaneously,” said the jury. “A politically and philosophically provocative story told with extraordinary cinematic invention and grace, this film reaffirms a faith that is easy to lose in 2019: that the cinema we know is an iceberg with nine-tenths still remaining to be discovered. This is a classic story told in a novel manner that dips below the surface to find highly unconventional, often archival modes of expression that are irreverent and anachronistic and yet that honour and participate in the history of cinema.”
Image: Martin Eden/Courtesy of TIFF
The film is based on the Jack London novel of the same name and follows a sailor (Luca Marinelli) trying to remake himself as a writer, in this passionate and timeless story of class consciousness and failed ideals.
The cast of the film is Luca Marinelli, Carlo Cecchi, Jessica Cressy, Vicenzo Nemolato, Marco Leonardi, Denise Sardisco, Carmen Pommella.
Italy-born Pietro Marcello's documentary features include Crossing the Line (07), The Mouth of the Wolf (09), and The Silence of the Pelesjan (11). He made his fiction feature debut at the Festival with Lost and Beautiful (15). Martin Eden (19) is his latest film.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)