• Director-Screenwriter

    Marco Bellocchio

  • Producers

    Simone Gattoni, Beppe Caschetto

  • Italy 2021. 95min

  • Sales

    The Match Factory

  • Language

    Italian

    With English subtitles

In 1968, just as Bellocchio’s path as a filmmaker was in the ascendant, his twin brother Camillo committed suicide. This tragedy’s complex repercussions, on Bellocchio, his family and his entire career, forms the basis of this moving, deeply personal film. Largely centred around the director’s Northern Italian birthplace of Piacenza, Marx Can Wait incorporates a rich and insightful trove of archive footage, excerpts from his expansive filmography and contemporary interviews with family members and friends. The result is remarkably frank and frequently revealing. A compelling, soul-searching exploration of his brother’s life – and, by extension, his own – Bellocchio’s documentary resembles a Rembrandt self-portrait in its review of a past shot through with the wisdom of age and tinged with genuine regret.

Adrian Wootton

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