The Mouth of the Wolf

    La bocca del lupo

    • Pietro Marcello
    • Italy
    • 2009
    • 76 min
    • Top 10

    Enzo looks handsome but dangerous, an impression that is backed up by the fact that he has spent much of his life behind bars. Yet he also has a soft side, says his wife Maria. She could see it in his eyes when she first met him.

    Enzo and Maria proved to be a wonderful match. The rough, Italian macho man and the kind-hearted transsexual fell in love while they were in the same prison, and they are still together 20 years later. Their love is at the forefront of Pietro Marcello’s docudrama; in the turbulent background is the hard life in a poor neighborhood in Genoa, the history of the port city, and a past in Sicily.

    Excerpts read from letters, archival footage of life in Genoa, and reenacted scenes combine to produce a raw but romantic portrait of a city and a couple. For director Marcello, who made his reputation with a number of documentaries, The Mouth of the Wolf marked a transition to a more hybrid narrative form. He has since made the award-winning feature films Bella e perduta (2015) and Martin Eden (2019).


    • 76 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Italian
    • Subtitles in: English
    Pietro Marcello
    Nicola Giuliano / Indigo film, Francesca Cima / Indigo film, Dario Zonta / L'Avventurosa Film
    Pietro Marcello
    Sara Fgaier
    Emanuele Vernillo

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