Lost and Beautiful
by PIETRO MARCELLO
From the bowels of Vesuvius, Pulcinella, a foolish servant, is sent to present-day Campania to grant the last wish of Tommaso, a simple shepherd: he must rescue a young buffalo called Sarchiapone. In the Royal Palace of Carditello, an abandoned Bourbon residence in the heart of the 'Land of Fires' whose remains were looked after by Tommaso, Pulcinella finds the young buffalo and takes him towards the north. The two servants, man and beast, embark upon a long journey throughout a lost and beautiful Italy, at the end of which they will not find quite what they had expected.
Born in Caserta in 1976, he attended the Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied painting. Self-‐ taught, he has worked as a teacher in a Naples prison, and he organised and planned the CineDamm film season between 1998 and 2003 at the Damm in Montesanto, Naples. During that period he started making radio programmes (Il tempo dei magliari) and documentaries. In 2003 he made his first short films, Carta and Scampia. The following year he completed Il Cantiere, a documentary that won the 11th edition of Libero Bizzarri. In 2005 he made the documentary La Baracca, which won the public prize at Videopolis. That year he also collaborated as a volunteer with an NGO in Ivory Coast to create the documentary Grand Bassan. In 2007 he made the documentary Il Passaggio della Linea (Crossing the Line), which was presented at the 64th Venice International Film Festival, and brought him international acclaim. In 2009 his first feature, La bocca del lupo (The Mouth of the Wolf), won Best Film and the FIPRESCI Prize 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, the International Jury Prize and the Signis Prize at BAFICI and many others. In 2011, he made Il silenzio di Pelešjan (The Silence of Pelešjan), which was presented as a special event at the 68th Venice International Film Festival and participated at many international festivals.
Directed by Pietro Marcello
Produced by Sara Fgaier, Pietro Marcello
Delegate Producer Dario Zonta
Written by Maurizio Braucci, Pietro Marcello
Cinematography Pietro Marcello, Salvatore Landi
Edited by Sara Fgaier
Produced by Avventurosa With Rai Cinema
In Association with Mario Gallotti
In Collaboration with Istituto Luce Cinecittà and Fondazione Cineteca Di Bologna
Supported by Mibact - Direzione Generale Per Il Cinema
Supported by Rolex Mentor And Protégé Arts Initiative
Scam - Bourse Brouillon D'un Rêve
Format: DCP / 1.85:1 / color / 5.1
Length: 87 min.
Original Language: Italian
ORIGINAL TITLE: Bella e Perdutta