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The Mouth of the Wolf

October 16 - October 22, 2020

The Mouth of the Wolf

(Dir. Pietro Marcello, 2009)







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From October 16-22, The Mouth of the Wolf will be available to stream via Acropolis Cinema and Grasshopper Film. Acropolis will receive 50% of all revenue.

Winner of major prizes at the Berlin and Turin film festivals, the hauntingly beautiful debut feature from Pietro Marcello (Lost and Beautiful, Martin Eden)  interweaves two love stories: the 20-year romance between a Sicilian  tough guy and a transsexual former junkie whom he met in prison, and a  poetic reverie of the Italian port town of Genoa, depicted in all its  mysterious, fading glory. Commissioned by the Fondazione San Marcellino,  a Jesuit order dedicated to helping society’s poor and marginalized, The Mouth of the Wolf masterfully combines documentary with fiction and melancholy home  movies from the past century with poetic images, sounds, and music of  the waterfront today.

Impressionistic, extravagantly poetic.

- Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Stands as [Marcello's] most aesthetically and structurally complex work.

- Blake Williams, Cinema Scope

Jean Genet meets Pedro Costa. Weaves the love story with stylistic ingenuity and masterful emotional restraint.

- Diego Semerene, Slant Magazine

Immensely powerful... represents a seismic shift in how films negotiate the boundaries between fact and fiction.

- Matthew Joseph Jenner, ICS

Marcello's portrait of great love updates Pasolini's Accattone, contaminating documentary with manufacture, verismo with poetry, brutality with Buxtehude.

- James Quandt, Artforum

(Available to download after screening date)

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