SCARLET / L’ENVOL
The director of ‘Martin Eden’ adapts the similarly titled book by Alexander Green, moving the action to France during the interwar period, following the story of Juliette, a girl who transforms from the village pariah into a beautiful and cultured dreamer. With a sophisticated cinematic style, reminiscent of Jacques Demy, Marcello fills his heroine’s universe with prophecies, music, romantic poetry and other elements of classic fairytales. As a result, the director’s second feature-length film, appears to bloom, not unlike its heroine, as in its optimistic course it tells the sweetest story, while hiding at its core the quintessence of contemporary cinema.
FRANCE, ITALY, GERMANY/ 2022/ COLOR/ DCP/ 100’ / FRENCH
Coming back after the end of World War I a heavyset carpenter finds out that he has become father of Juliette. At the same time secrets that are bound to be revealed lead to tensions that make him and his family the focus of the local society. Pietro Marcello remains a director of substance. But in this case he insists on the moments that intensify eloquence, the style becomes more ethereal, reminiscent of Jacques Demy. ‘Scarlet’ resembles an impressionistic painting, which despite its heavy frame tells the sweetest story. It begins in darkness and becomes a wonderful story, carrying inside a lot of cinema and also the essence of the modern. Th.K.
DIRECTOR: Pietro Marcello
SCREENWRITERS:Pietro Marcello, Maurizio Braucci, Maud Ameline, Geneviève Brisac
MUSIC: Gabriel Yared
EDITORS: Carole Le Page, Andrea Maguolo
PRINCIPAL CAST: Lorena Comparato, Sol Miranda, Lucas Andrade, Isabella Mariotto
46 year-old Italian director and screenwriter with an honoured presence at international festivals. Devoted to documentaries, here he writes and directs his third fiction feature film. Two years ago his multi-honoured ‘Martin Eden’ was screened at AIFF.
2019 Martin Eden
2015 Lost and Beautiful