Archive of films The Mouth of the Wolf / La bocca del lupo
2009, 76 min
Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Using unique archive footage, Italian documentarist and Genoese native Pietro Marcello has succeeded in brilliantly reviving the unique atmosphere of Genoa’s port quarter, which he then uses as a backdrop to unfold a singular love story between a tough but goodhearted Sicilian named Enzo and transsexual Mary. Best Film at the Torino FF.
It would be difficult to find any place that radiates an atmosphere more particular than Genoa’s port quarter. Or rather "radiated” because the magic of its narrow dilapidated streets, full of drunken sailors, faded prostitutes, and haunting ambience, is slowly and irrevocably disappearing. With the help of unique archives, director Pietro Marcello brilliantly succeeded in reviving its atmosphere, which he then used as a backdrop to unfold a singular love story between a tough but goodhearted Sicilian named Enzo and transsexual Mary. Their love speaks to the viewer by means of the tapes they passed back and forth in the Genoese prison where heroin addict Mary and Enzo met. The creator of this supra-generic film, awarded at the Berlin and Torino festivals, investigates the story of Mary and Enzo through natural dramatic episodes that inventively combine contemporary and archive footage. In this way the director managed to capture the unique genius loci of the town.
About the director
Pietro Marcello (b. 1976, Caserta, Italy), studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Napoli. Filmography – Carta (2003), Scampia (2003), Il cantiere (2004), La baracca (2005), and Crossing the Line (Il passaggio della linea, 2007). The documentary The Mouth of the Wolf (2009) is his feature-length debut.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||Documentary Films - Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Pietro Marcello|
|Producer:||Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, Dario Zonta|
|Production:||Indigo Film, L’Avventurosa Film|