The Mouth of the Wolf (2009 film)

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The Mouth of the Wolf
Directed byPietro Marcello
Produced byFrancesca Cima
Nicola Giuliano
Dario Zonta
Written byPietro Marcello
StarringMary Monaco
Vincenzo Motta
Music byMarco Messina and Massimiliano Sacchi for Era
CinematographyPietro Marcello
Edited bySara Fgaier
Distributed byBIM Distribuzione
Release date
  • November 16, 2009 (2009-11-16) (Turin Festival)
  • February 19, 2010 (2010-02-19) (Italy)
Running time
68 minutes

The Mouth of the Wolf (original title: La bocca del lupo) is a 2009 biographical drama/documentary film written and directed by Pietro Marcello. It premièred at the 2009 Torino Film Festival in Turin, and won the FIPRESCI Prize for 'Best Film'[1] and the Prize of the City of Torino. In 2010 it appeared at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Caligari Film Award and the Teddy Award for 'Best Documentary'.[2]


According to a reporter for Metro, the film "straddles the line between documentary and drama".[1] It follows an Italian man named Vincenzo Motta (also known as Enzo) who is serving a long sentence in a Genoa prison. He meets and falls in love with a transsexual woman named Mary Monaco who promises to wait for Enzo when she gets out of prison. When she is released, Mary finds a home for them to share, but in the meantime, she becomes addicted to heroin.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Italian film scoops home award", Metro, Associated Newspapers, 23 November 2009, retrieved 17 June 2010
  2. ^ "Lesbian Film Takes Home Berlinale Gay Prize", On Top, On Top Media, 20 February 2010, retrieved 17 June 2010
  3. ^ Deming, Mark, "La bocca del lupo > Overview", Allmovie, Rovi Corporation, retrieved 17 June 2010

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