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Martin Eden (15)

Luca Marinelli stands in muted clothes in front of people and red flags in a field in the film Martin Eden

A story about class, justice and impossible romance, rising star Luca Marinelli is the titular hero of this Jack London adaptation, relocated to a bustling Naples.

Martin is a sailor and born fighter. After rescuing a teenager from a bully, he goes on to meet the boy’s well-to-do family, including his sister Elena (Jessica Cressy), to whom Martin has an immediate attraction. Determined to better himself, Martin begins his education, leading to a fervent passion for writing and eventually, fame and fortune as an author.
Shot on 16mm and shown in gorgeous colour, Pietro Marcello’s adaption is an epic exploration of both cinematic and political history, as restless as its central character. Untied to a particular time, mixing its music, props and costumes from different eras, the film brings home the point that the big questions, about life and how we should live it, never really go away. 

Tagged with: Cinema New releases

Italy/France/Germany 2019 Dir Pietro Marcello 129 min 

Cinema Summer Special

Throughout July and August, on Thursdays and Fridays, you can book a film and enjoy a beer, wine or soft drink for the combined price of £13, plus 60p booking fee per online transaction. 

How to redeem

  • Select any film showing on a Thursday or Friday in June, July and August valid for this deal (excludes 3D films, ScreenTalks, Festivals and Event Cinema)
  • When purchasing your ticket, select 'Summer Drinks Offer' when prompted to select your ticket type
  • Present your e-ticket at the Cinema Cafe and Bar on Beech Street or Cinema 1 bar in the Centre to redeem


1) Bookable online only (not available at Barbican Cinema Box Office or over the phone).

2) Drink must be redeemed on the same day as the film is attended.

3) Not available for 3D films, ScreenTalks, Festivals or Event Cinema, Cinema On Demand or film screenings held outside of Cinema 1, 2 or 3. 

4) One drink (glass of house red or white wine, bottle of beer or soft drink) per ticket.

5) Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

6) Non-transferable and has no equivalent cash value.

7) Valid from Thu 1 Jul 2021 until Fri 27 August 2021 . 

8) £13 price excludes a 60p booking fee per transaction.

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