Italy, Belgium 2020. 108 Min.
Color. DCP. E/g
Both screenings include lotteries for the Festival bag
She may be the daughter of a great philosopher, but Eleanor Marx was a fighter in her own right. A political thinker, a workers' leader and a feminist who was ahead of her time, and who in Susanna Nicchiarelli's biopic is almost timelessly modern. The Italian director evokes her bold, idiosyncratic and free-spirited sides by starting the film with Miss Marx mourning by her father's grave in 1883 juxtaposed with the powerful sounds of the neopunk band Downtown Boys. By her side are the family friend Friedrich Engels, the loyal housekeeper Helene and the author Edward Aveling, with whom Eleanor will soon live together as if married. The couple's entangled cohabitation serves as a canvas where Nicchiarelli can project the human aspects but also the personal defeats and political disappointments of her dazzling heroine, against the backdrop of the social circumstances of the day.
After her impressive portrait of the artist Nico 1988, the director once again matches the stark contrast between the protagonist's public and private life with a daring and passionate style. The film is a must-see just for its small but splendid dance scene in the final act alone, as well as for the fearless performance by Romola Garai. (pj)
|With||Romola Garai, Patrick Kennedy, John Gordon Sinclair, Philip Gröning|
|Producers||Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa|
|Distribution||Celluloid Dreams, Paris, www.celluloid-dreams.com|