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BFF21 Miss Marx

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A richly shot biopic, Miss Marx is an audacious retelling of the life of Eleanor Marx, Karl Marx’s youngest daughter, from Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli.

Tracing Eleanor Marx’s (Romola Garai, Emma) life from the death of her father onwards, through her politics and activism as well as her personal life, Miss Marx paints a fascinating portrait of the socialist and feminist. Romola Garai shines as Eleanor, amongst the first women to link the themes of feminism and socialism, as she takes part in the workers’ battles and fights for women’s rights and the abolition of child labor.

Creating a visually stunning representation of Victorian Britain, from factory gates to lavish living rooms, Nicchiarelli captures the domestic reality of Victorian life, shifting between activism, day to day life with friends including Friedrich Engels (John Gordin Sinclair, Nico 1988) and her difficult relationship with Edward Aveling (Patrick Kennedy, The Queen’s Gambit).

This is a bold portrait of a Victorian woman torn between her public and private lives, her intellect and her heart.


WINNER – Venice Film Festival 2020, FEDIC Award Best Film, La Pellicola D’Oro Award Best Dressmaker, Soundtrack Stars Award 

WINNER – David di Donatello Awards 2021, Best Music, Best Costume Design  

WINNER – Golden Globes Italy 2021, Italians in the World Award 

WINNER – Nastro d’Argento Awards 2021, Silver Ribbon of the Year 

NOMINEE – San Sebastián International Film Festival 2020, Best Film 

NOMINEE – Venice Film Festival 2020, Best Film 

NOMINEE – David di Donatello Awards 2021, Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Make-Up, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Hair Design/Styling 


"Garai commands attention as a defiant woman who was punkishly far ahead of her time. "

- Screen International

"An audacious retelling."

- The Guardian

"Richly shot…(Nicchiarelli’s) fourth narrative feature confirms her as an auteur of distinctive thematic and aesthetic preoccupations."

- Variety

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Release date

Wednesday 3rd November
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107 min




Romola Garai, Patrick Kennedy, John Gordon Sinclair


Susanna Nicchiarelli


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Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Pentridge Cinema, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Raine Square