27° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

LA BOCCA DEL LUPO

by Pietro Marcello
Country: Italy
Year: 2009
Duration: 67'


THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF
Enzo returns to Genoa after a lengthy absence. He crosses the city in search of places he remembers from before but they have been inexorably changed by passing time. He finds Mary waiting for him at the small house in the ghetto of the old city. His life-long companion, she has been waiting for Enzo to return from the prison where he was serving time.

“I didn’t know Genoa well before making the film. My only memories of the city were stories that my father used to tell me. He was a sailor from southern Italy and he would make port calls there. Throughout his entire youth Genoa was his ideal city. He would always tell me how beautiful it was, about the places where he would eat tripe and about the sky. I saw a different Genoa that is full of blind alleys, where – like most of the cities in the North – the social fabric is disappearing and memory is impressed in the stones of Sottoripa. I tried to show the present situation around me, while the nostalgia for the twentieth century is represented by archive footage, clips from amateur and professional movies, made by the people of Genoa a long time ago.”

Biography

film director

Pietro Marcello

Pietro Marcello (Caserta, Italy, 1976) debuted in 2003 with the shorts Carta and Scampia. In 2004, he directed the documentary Il cantiere and the next year he made the short La baracca. In 2007, he directed Il passaggio della linea, which was entirely shot on express trains crossing Italy; presented at the Venice Film Festival, it won the Pasinetti Doc Award and a special mention for the Doc/it Award. La bocca del lupo, his first feature film, won Best Film and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2009 Torino Film Festival, and the Caligari Film Award and the Teddy at the Berlin Film Festival. In 2011, the Armenian director Artavazd Pelešjan was the subject of his film-portrait Il silenzio di Pelešjan, presented in the Orizzonti section in Venice. 

FILMOGRAFIA

Carta (cm, 2003), Scampia (cm, 2003), Il cantiere (mm, doc., 2004), La baracca (cm, doc., 2005), Il passaggio della linea (mm, doc., 2007), La bocca del lupo (2009), Il silenzio di Pelešjan (2011), Venice 70: Future Reloaded - Unitled (cm, 2013), 9x10 (ep. L’umile Italia, 2014), Bella e perduta (2015).

Cast

& Credits

regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura, fotografia/director, story, screenplay, cinematography
Pietro Marcello
montaggio/film editing
Sara Fgaier
musica/music
Era
suono/sound
Manuele Vernillo
interpreti/cast
Vincenzo Motta, Mary Monaco
produttori/producers
Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, Dario Zonta
produzione/production
Indigo Film, l’Avventurosa Film

TFF

prizes

TORINO 27

Best Film

FIPRESCI AWARD 2009

Torino 27 Best Film

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