Carditello Palace, once owned by the Bourbon dynasty, has been empty for decades. It is in decay and has been stripped clean by plunderers. In recent years, the local farmer Tommaso earned his nickname 'Angel of Carditello' by guarding the estate and restoring it out of his own pocket. Documentary maker Pietro Marcello saw here the start of a journey through the provinces of Italy in which he would examine the state of his country: stunningly beautiful yet in decay.
But when Tommaso suddenly dies, this true-life fairytale comes to an abrupt end. That pushes Marcello in a new direction. He introduces the crazy Pulcinella, a figure from 17th-century commedia dell'arte, anglicised as Punch. He takes care of the buffalo calf Sarchiapone, which Tommaso had given shelter on the estate and sets off on a journey with the animal. A journey that is smaller in scale yet greater in effect than the journey Marcello first wanted to make.


International title
Lost and Beautiful
Filmmaker
Pietro Marcello
Country
Italy
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
87’
Language
Italian
Producer
Sara Fgaier, Pietro Marcello
Production Company
Avventurosa
Sales
The Match Factory GmbH
Writer
Pietro Marcello, Maurizio Braucci
Cinematography
Pietro Marcello
Editor
Sara Fgaier
Sound Design
Riccardo Spagnol
Music
Marco Messina, Sacha Ricci
Cast
Sergio Vitolo, Gesuino Pittalis
Website
http://avventurosa.net/bellaeperduta