Crossing the Line
Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

Director Pietro Marcello

Production year 2007

Length 60min.

Country Italy


A journey across Italy set to the rhythm of long-distance express trains, long abandoned to a destiny of slow decay, as they cross the Italian peninsula from South to North and back again, in a trip spanning night and day. It is a succession of landscapes, buildings, faces, dialects, voices and lives which blend together onboard the trains.


Special Mention | Venice IFF, Italy, 2007


Pietro Marcello
Pietro Marcello



Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima


Pietro Marcello

Director of Photography

Daria d’Antonio

Music by

Mirko Signorile, Marco Messina


Michele Caruso


Aline Herve

Production company(ies)

Indigo Film, LOGO, Rai Tre, Mercurio Cinematografica

Pietro Marcello

Born 1976, Caserta, Italy. Between 1998 and 2003 Marcello worked in organizing and planning the Cinedamm screening sessions at the Damm centre in Montesanto, Naples. He has worked as an assistant director on a number of Italian films. In 2004, he directed the documentary film, Il cantiere,which was awarded at the Festival Libero Bizzarri. His film Crossing the Line, selected in 2007 for the Orizzonti section of the Venice IFF, gained him international recognition, along with his other documentaries.


Map (2003, short), Scampia (2003, short), Il cantiere (2004. short), The Hovel (2005, short), Crossing the Line (2007), The Mouth of the Wolf (2009), Napoli 24 (segment Rettifilo, 2010,), .Marco Bellocchio,Venezia 2011 (2011, short), The Silence of Peleshyan (2011).

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