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Bella e Perduta


filmmaker : Pietro Marcello
Composer : Marco Messina
Italy, 2015
Production : Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Avventurosa Films

87'
Italian
French


Synopsis


Pulcinella, the idiot servant, is sent from the depths of Vesuvius to today's Campania to fulfill the last will of Tommaso, a simple shepherd: to save a young buffalo named Sarchiapone. In the Carditello estate, a ruined Bourbon residence which Tommaso cared for, abandoned in the heart of the "Land of Fire", Pulcinella finds the little buffalo and takes him north with him. The two servants, man and animal, undertake a long journey to a beautiful and lost Italy.

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Tënk's film review


With "Bella e Perduta", the inevitable reminder of Verdi's "Va, Pensiero", the slave choir ("Oh mia patria sì bella e perdta!" - "Oh my country so beautiful and lost!"), the director of Caserta makes an unprecedented pastoral journey through the Italian countryside, the last vestige of a possible salvation for the country. It is a film marked by a deep wound, that of the decadence of the South but above all by the disappearance of the heroic protagonist, Tommaso. A constant presence, a look and a face of unequalled dignity, with eyes that seem to cry out an imperative: not to surrender. His work as guardian of the Reggia di Carditello, one of the many abandoned beauties, turns into a fight against a progress that has mortified humanity, starting from the relationship established with animals. The soul of the film becomes the buffalo Sarchiapone, fleeing a fate of death. Even more than the previous films, "Bella e Perduta" strongly affirms the idea of a cinema fighting against oblivion.

Daniela Persico
Programmer and critic

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filmmaker

Pietro Marcello

After studying painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Pietro Marcello made his debut in 2000 as assistant director for the documentary "Gennarino" by Leonardo Di Costanzo and directed the short documentary film "La Baracca" (2005). In 2007 he shoots "Il passaggio della linea", a documentary shot at night on Italian express trains. In 2009 he directed the dramatic documentary "La Bocca del lupo", which won the Torino Film Festival and then the Nastro d'Argento, the David di Donatello for best documentary and the Vittorio De Seta prize at the Bif&st 2010 for best documentary. In 2011 he presents two documentaries at the Venice Film Festival: "Il silenzio di Pelešjan", about the avant-garde director Artavazd Pelechian, and "Marco Bellocchio, Venezia 2011", a short portrait of the director Marco Bellocchio. In 2015 Pietro Marcello presents the feature film "Bella e perduta" at the Locarno and Toronto festivals. In 2019 he directs his first feature film, a project he has been working on for a long time, "Martin Eden" - based on the novel by Jack London - which was presented in Venice (where actor Luca Marinelli received the Coppa Volpi) and in Toronto where it won the Platform Award".

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