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The Mouth of the Wolf  (Dir. Pietro Marcello, 2009)

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. Click here to rent.


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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

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