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Year of Production
Pietro Marcello
35 mm
76 min

The Mouth of the Wolf

by Pietro Marcello


A man returns home after a long absence. He gets off the train in a grey port city. He crosses the town in search of places of times gone by, now in decline, straining to uphold their former ancient glory.
In a modest apartment in the Ghetto of the old quarter, waiting for him for years is a cold dinner and his life companion.Mary and Enzo have been waiting and wanting each other since they first met behind bars, when they sent each other silent messages, recorded on hidden tapes.  
Their dream is a small house in the countryside overlooking the city and the sea, far from the pressures of present times, suspended in another time of never ending happiness. Now and again they divide their furtive destiny with their companions in the labyrinth of Croce Bianca, via Pré, Sottoripa… ancient names in a place untouched by modern age where the twentieth century has run aground like a ship without an anchor.

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  • Director Pietro Marcello
  • Director and D.O.P. Pietro Marcello
  • Editor and archive research Sara Fgaier
  • Sound Emanuele Vernillo
  • Sound Editor Riccardo Spagnol
  • Music ERA
  • Producers Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, Dario Zonta
  • Production Indigo Film, l’Avventurosa Film
  • In collaboration with Rai Cinema
  • In collaboration with Babe Films
  • Supported by Fondazione San Marcellino ONLUS
  • With contribution from Provincia di Genova
  • In collaboration with Mediateca Regionale Ligure (La Spezia)
  • Distribution BIM


Release Date:

February 23rd 2010 (Italy)

June 23rd 2010 (France)


  • Torino Film Festival Best Film, Fripresci Prize
  • Berlinale Caligari Award, Teddy Award
  • Vittorio De Seta Prize Best Documentary Director
  • Cinéma du Réel Prix International de la Scam
  • Bozner Filmtage Best Documentary, Jury Prize, SIGNIS Prize - BAFICI
  • David di Donatello Best Feature Documentary
  • Nastro d'Argento Best Documentary

Festival Participations

  • Torino Film Festival
  • Filmmaker Doc Film Festival
  • BiF&st Film & Tv Festival
  • Berlinale - Forum
  • Historier fran Italien - Stoccolma
  • Cinéma du Reél
  • Festival Histoires d'It.Le Nouveau Documentaire Italien
  • Astra Doc
  • Indie Lisboa
  • Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independente
  • Era New Orizon Film Festival
  • Lincoln Center Open Road
  • Festival dell'Asinara - Pensieri e Parole
  • Flaiano Film Festival
  • Premio Sergio Amidei
  • Edimburgh International Film Festival
  • Midnight Sun Film Festival
  • Ischia Film Festival
  • Bobbio Film Festival
  • Clorofilla Film Festival
  • Cinema del Reale
  • Salina Doc Festival
  • 8 e 1/2 Festa do Cinema Italiano
  • Cinéma Européen de Les Arcs
  • Cinéma Italien à Voiron
  • International Documentary Film Festival Jihlava
  • Mostra Internacional de Cinema de Sao Paulo
  • Frameline - San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
  • HotDocs Toronto
  • Italian Cinema London
  • Human Rights Film Festival Zagreb
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijòn
  • International Film Festival Bratislava
  • Festival do Rio
  • Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Cali
  • Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya
  • Kaunas International Film Festival
  • Labour Film Festival
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • Melbourne Intl Film Festival
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival