Marx can wait

Marco Bellocchio
Italy | 2021 | 95 min
Swiss Premiere
Language : Italian
Subtitles : French, English

Camillo Bellocchio took his own life in 1968, shortly after alerting his twin brother Marco to his distress, inviting him to take a step back from his political struggle: “Marx can wait”. The filmmaker confronts his family with this deep-seated wound during a gathering that holds the key to reading a body of work that has never ceased to converse with reality.

Marx può aspettare (Marx can wait) is the phrase uttered by Camillo Bellocchio that his filmmaker-twin Marco, intoxicated by the radicalness of his Maoist struggle, was unable to understand as a forewarning of his distress. The tragic peak of 1968 - a year that was gratifying because marked by revolutionary episodes - Camillo’s suicide is the deep-seated wound of a director who had already placed fraternal conflict at the heart of his first films (twinship even being the implicit subject of I Pugni in tasca and La Cina è vicina). The filmmaker seizes the opportunity of an octogenarian family reunion to confront the Bellocchio dynasty with their guilt, with the help of a device that mixes contemporary shots and historic archives. The film is filled with quotations from his previous films, thereby enriching our perception of a body of work that has never ceased to converse with reality, while supporting the characteristic themes of his filmmaking: mistrust vis-à-vis the the family and its vampirism and the dismantling of mechanisms of enslavement, whatever they may be. An intimacy which Bellocchio asserts more forcefully than ever before.

Pierre Guidez

Editing
Francesca Calvelli
Production
Michel MerktSimone GattoniKavac Film s.r.lBeppe CaschettoAlessio Lazzareschi

Guest of Honour Marco Bellocchio

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