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One of world cinema’s most exciting working directors, Pietro Marcello has spent the last 15 years crafting a filmography that straddles past and present, documentary and fiction, folklore and political intervention. His idiosyncratic use of archival materials paired with his penchant for capturing, enlarging, and exalting the sensuous details of the physical world yields films that have distinguished themselves within today’s Italian cinema, or indeed, world cinema at large. In Marcello’s work, history, mythology, and the political situation of today cohere to forward a by-turns neorealist and fabulist image of the modern world as one shaped by invisible metaphysical and economic forces. On the occasion of the release of his latest feature, Martin Eden (NYFF57), join us for a look back at the most striking films to date by a contemporary Italian master.