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Lost and Beautiful begins as a gently unfolding documentary about Tommaso Cestrone, a farmer in Italy’s southern Campania region who dedicated his own money and time to caring for an abandoned and derelict 18th-century Bourbon palace. When his subject suddenly dies, director Pietro Marcello introduces a mythical new character: the commedia dell’arte masked figure Pulcinella, who wanders the Italian countryside in search of a home for the buffalo calf that belonged to Cestrone. At times neorealist, at others transporting fantasy, Lost and Beautiful is
a moving contemporary example of cinema as pure poetry.
Sunday 1st July