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THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF

Italy, 2009 (MIFF 2010, Documentaries)

Director: Pietro Marcello

Documentary and fiction is blurred to striking effect in this love story between a macho ex-con and a transsexual, former drug addict.

Mary and Enzo's unusual union commenced behind prison bars and now plays out against the bruised backdrop of Genoa. The memories of this fading world - beautifully captured through a wealth of vintage footage of the waterfront city - act as a poetic counterpoint to a relationship as fractured as its setting.

Drawing comparisons to Terence Davies' Of Time and the City and Peter Schreiner's Toto, Pietro Marcello's debut exudes a maturity that belies his young age. Winner of multiple awards, including Best Documentary at this year's Berlin Film Festival

“I had just come out of a bakery and met this man [Enzo]. We began chatting and he shows me the bullet hole marks in his leg. The film was born from that conversation.” - filmmaker Petro Marcello

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