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Lost and Beautiful

Pietro Marcello
Bella e perduta
Italy, France 2015 / 87’
Letters Minotaur

Based on local folklore, this story by Pietro Marcello, thedirector ofThe Mouth of the Wolf (New Horizons 2010 competition) is full of raw beauty and reaches into Italy's past. Pulcinella is sent on a mission: to fulfill the last wish of a shepherd named Tommaso and to take care of a bull, Sarchiapone, found in the area during its journey north. Tommaso is a real person, a man who, as a volunteer, saved the neglected royal estate of Carditello from ruin. The director mixes documentary and fiction, amateur actors and characters taken from commedia dell'arte, as well as symbolic and real time, creating parallels between human and animal life. The sudden death of the subject of the director's documentary about dedication and the organic work of ordinary people who understand the importance of their country's heritage push him to make a melancholy elegy in which he presents the emotional relationship between nature and culture. Floating above this his strange, complex story is the ghost of Tommaso, and in the depths of his gray-blue eyes there lurks a sense of inevitability.

Agnieszka Szeffel


Locarno IFF 2015 - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention; Munich Film Festival 2016 - CineVision Award - Honorable Mention; Göteborg Film Festival 2016 - International Debut Award

Pietro Marcello

Pietro Marcello was born in Caserta in 1976 and attended the Accademy of fine arts, where he studied painting. Self-taught, he was a teacher in a prison in Naples, he worked as the organiser and planner of the Cinedamm film season between 1998 and 2003 at the Damm in Montesanto, Naples. Meanwhile he started to make video documentaries (CartaScampiaIl cantiereLa baracca). In 2007 he realized the documentary Crossing the Line, presented at the Venice International Film Festival, which revealed him internationally as author. In 2009 he has directed the award-winning film The Mouth of the Wolf (Best movie and Fipresci award at the 27th Turin Film Festival, the Prix International de la Scam at the Festival Cinéma du Réel in Paris, the Caligari Preis at the Berlinale and the International Jury Prize and Signis Prize at BAFICI and many others). In 2011, he made The silence of Pelešjan, presented as a special event at the 68th Venice film Festival, it participated at many international festivals.

Selected filmography

2003 Carta (short)

2005 La baracca (short)

2007 Crossing the Line

2009 W paszczy wilka / La bocca del lupo / The Mouth of the Wolf

2010 Napoli 24 (episode Rettifilo, short)

2011 Marco Bellocchio, Venezia 2011 (short)

2011 Il silenzio di Pelešjan / The Silence of Pelešjan

2013 Venice 70: Future Reloaded - Untitled (episode, short)

Cast & Crew

director Pietro Marcello
screenplay Maurizio Braucci, Pietro Marcello
cinematography Salvatore Landi, Pietro Marcello
editing Sara Fgaier
music Marco Messina, Sacha Ricci
cast Tommaso Cestrone, Sergio Vitolo, Gesuino Pittalis, Teresa Montesarchio, Raffaele Montesarchio
producer Sara Fgaier, Pietro Marcello
production Avventurosa, Rai Cinema, Istituto Luce Cinecittà
sales Match Factory
language Italian
colouration colour