Italian Susanna Nichiarelli vindicates the modernity of a woman overshadowed by her father figure in a biopic set to punk music
Bright, intelligent, passionate and free.
So was Eleanor ‘Tussy’ Marx (Romola Garai), the youngest daughter of Karl Marx and one of the first feminists to carry on the legacy of her father and her partner Engels. A tireless fighter for workers’ rights, for the abolition of child labor, for women’s rights and in general for many injustices, Eleanor Marx suffered from the attraction she felt for an aspiring playwright, womanizer and opium user named Edward Aveling (Patrick Kennedy).
«The story of Eleanor Marx, with its incongruity between public and private life, gives us an idea of the complexity of the human being. It reveals the fragility of our illusions and the lethality of certain romantic relationships, ”says director Susanna Nichiarelli. ‘Miss Marx’ was one of the few titles that participated in the official section of the Venice Film Festival last year. He went through the Perlas section of the Zinemaldia and closed the Barcelona Author Film Festival (D’A). In addition, it garnered 11 nominations for the David Di Donatello Awards, the Italian Goya, and won three: best music, costumes and production design.
Nichiarelli signs a non-canonical ‘biopic’,
to the rhythm of the music of the New York punk group Downtown Boys. The director not only intends to vindicate a woman overshadowed by her father figure, but to demonstrate the validity of her political struggle.