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Lost and Beautiful

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Lost and Beautiful (Bella e perduta)

Directed by Pietro Marcello

  • Italy 2015; 87 min
  • Original version: Italian
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Special Mention Ecumenical Prize - FF Locarno
    • Best Film - La Roche-sur-Yon IFF
    • Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award - Göteborg FF
    • Love & Change Award - !f Istanbul
    • Special Mention (International Competition) - FICUNAM
    • Special Mention (CineVision Award) - Filmfest München

  • Karlovy Vary IFF

  • From the director of MARTIN EDEN presented at CineMart


The foolish servant Pulcinella is sent from the depths of Mt. Vesuvius to present-day Campania to honor the last wishes of the poor shepherd Tommaso: his mission is to save a young buffalo called Sarchiapone. Pulcinella finds the animal at the former royal palace of Carditello, where Tommaso had looked after the ruined Bourbon estate in the heart of the Land of Fires. He takes the buffalo off to the north and the two servants, man and beast, travel through a beautiful and lost Italy, but their long journey’s end does not bring what they were hoping for.

Director's Statement

I learnt to look at Italy contemplating its landscape from trains, rediscovering time after time its beauty and its ruin. I have often thought about making an itinerant film that would cross the provinces to describe Italy: beautiful, yes, but lost. Leopardi described it as a woman crying with her head in her hands due to the burden of history, the atavistic evil of being too beautiful.

When I chanced upon the Royal Palace of Carditello and the fairy tale—because it really is a fairy tale—of Tommaso, the ‘Angel of Carditello’, a shepherd who sacrificed everything to dedicate many years of his life to look after this abandoned artistic asset, I saw a powerful metaphor for what I felt compelled to describe. Following the premature and sudden death of Tommaso, Bella e perduta—initially conceived as a ‘journey through Italy’ intended to touch upon other regions—became a different film, marrying fairy tale and documentary, dream and reality.

Carditello is the symbol of a lost beauty and the struggle of an individual, an orphan who refuses to surrender to a rotten mechanism of destruction and decay. And at the same time this story, deeply rooted in our country’s history, examines a subject which has never been so universal: the relationship between man and nature.



    Simona Agnoli 





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