Winner of major prizes at the Berlin and Turin film festivals, the hauntingly beautiful debut feature from Pietro Marcello (Martin Eden) is the story of a Sicilian tough guy and a transsexual former junkie whom he met in prison. 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 fictional film techniques, melancholy home movies from the past century, and poetic images, sounds, and music of the waterfront today. Set against the crumbling splendor of the Italian port city of Genoa—which becomes a character unto itself—The Mouth of the Wolf is a stirring essay on human connection. (Italy, 2009/2020, 68 min)
Co-feature: Martin Eden
“Critic’s Pick! Impressionistic, extravagantly poetic.” — Stephen Holden, The New York Times
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