Film - CineRebels Competition Filmfest 2022


Directed by Pietro Marcello


Director: Pietro Marcello
Section: CineRebels Competition
Country: Germany, France, Italy
Year: 2022
Language: French
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Raphaël Thiéry, Juliette Jouan, Louis Garrel, Noémie Lvovsky, Yolande Moreau


An epic folk tale, a love story, and a fable full of music and magic.

Juliette lives with her father Raphaël, a veteran of the First World War, in a small village in northern France. Rebellious and headstrong, she loves music and singing in particular. One summer, she meets an old woman who predicts that one day she will be carried away from the village by purple sails. The years go by, but Juliette never stops believing in the prophecy. Loosely basing his film on Aleksandr Grin’s novel “The Purple Angel”, director Pietro Marcello tells a story of emancipation in the period between the great wars.

Meet the director


Pietro Marcello

Pietro Marcello was born in Caserta, Italy, in 1976. He studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples and was one of the founders of DAMM, a social and cultural center in the district of Montesanto in Naples. After making several short films, he released his first documentary, CROSSING THE LINE, in 2007; it premiered in the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival and received the main prize at the Bellaria Film Festival. LOST AND BEAUTIFUL (2015) was screened in competition at the Locarno Film Festival and received the CineVision Award at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN. Marcello’s first fully fictional film, MARTIN EDEN (2019), received the Platform Prize of the Toronto International Film Festival and the David di Donatello Award for best adapted screenplay, and was nominated for four European Film Awards.


Screenplay: Pietro Marcello, Maurizio Braucci, Maud Ameline mit Unterstützung von Geneviève Brisac
Director of Photography: Marco Graziaplena
Film Editor: Carole Le Page, Andrea Maguolo
Composer: Gabriel Yared
Production Designer: Christian Marti
Costume Design: Pascaline Chavanne
Sound: Erwan Kerzanet, Bruno Reiland, Olivier Guillaume
Make-up artist: Sylvia Carisolli
Casting director: Annette Trumel - ARDA - csa / Karen Hottols - ARDA
Production Company: CG Cinéma, Avventurosa mit Rai Cinema
Co-Production Company: Match Factory Productions, Arte France Cinéma, Les films du Losange
World Sales: Orange Studio
Distributor: Piffl Medien GmbH