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Annemarie Jacir is watching "Martin Eden"

What are you watching?

Martin Eden, Pietro Marcello, 2019

Why did you decide to watch or re-watch this movie now?

Ever since I served on the Berlinale jury with actor Luca Marinelli, I have been meaning to see it. I was listening to Tom Waits the other day, and I heard the mention of Martin Eden in his song "Shiver Me Timbers". So I knew it was a sign to finally sit down and watch it.

How you watched the movie?

In bed, on my laptop with a cup of tea and Petit Beurre biscuits. And our new cat asleep at my feet.

Were there specific moments in the movie that made you think: "Dang, I wish somebody was watching this with me?" What were those moments and why? If not, why was it suited to watching solo?

This is the kind of film that I'd love to talk to someone about right after watching. Luca's performance, which is incredible, for example. Or the dreamy and strange doc images between scenes. Or how much it is different than the Jack London novel. If I had seen this in the cinema, I'd have been with one or two good friends, and then we'd have gone to a bar afterwards to have a drink and discuss.

Is there a Covid-19 relief fund or organisation you'd encourage people to give to/and or support?

MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians) has launched an emergency coronavirus response in Palestine and Lebanon. Details here.

Tell us about yourself!

Annemarie Jacir has written, directed and produced over sixteen films. Two of her films have premiered as Official Selections in Cannes, one in Berlin and in Venice, Locarno, and Telluride. All three of her feature films were Palestine's official Oscar entries. With a commitment to teaching, training and hiring locally, Annemarie also curates and mentors, actively promoting independent cinema in the region. Founder of Philistine Films, she collaborates regularly with fellow filmmakers as an editor, screenwriter and producer. In 2018, she was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and also served on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival. She is a cofounder of Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research in Bethlehem, an artist-run space in her hometown of Bethlehem, Palestine.

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