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Lost and Beautiful

January 13, 2017 - January 28, 2017

Jan 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29    Scroll down for times and locations

Individual Tickets: $5 ♦ Semester Passes $30 


Lost and Beautiful blends fable and reality. A humble shepherd, Tommaso, takes it upon himself to look after the abandoned Bourbon palace of Carditello, deep in the heart of the ‘Land of Fires.’ One day, Tommaso is seized by a heart attack and dies; but not before making a final wish. He summons a masked character named Pulcinella to rescue a buffalo calf called Sarchiopone from the forsaken palace. Together, man and beast embark on a long journey through a lost and beautiful Italy, searching for the old customs and values which may no longer exist.

Director Pietro Marcello initially conceived of Lost and Beautiful as a a non-fiction portrait of the real-life Tommaso Cestrone, the heroic farmer popularly known in Italy as the Angel of Carditello because he risked his life to take care of the long-neglected 18th-century Royal Palace of Carditello. But after Cestrone died of a heart attack, Marcello reimagined his film as a docu-fiction hybrid. Using local, nonprofessional actors, he shot the film on expired 16-millimeter film stock.

Lost and Beautiful is narrated by the buffalo calf Sarchiopone; if you don’t believe in talking animals, this may not be the film for you.

Italy / 87 minutes

Lost and Beautiful is funded in part by grants from the French & Italian Enrichment Fund and the Olga Ragusa Fund for the Study of Modern Italian Culture, administered through the IU Department of French & Italian.

It’s the curious virtue of this singularly original film that Lost and Beautiful manages to tell a truth that’s not just poetic, but political too, not just animal, but profoundly human. -Film Comment

Lost and Beautiful has the beauty of a Romantic painting, and it allows us to hear the voice of the buffalo’s thoughts as it contemplates the fate of beasts and men in this troubled world. I haven’t seen anything like it this year. –from the Toronto Film Fesival

Pietro Marcello continues his intrepid work along the borderline of fiction and documentary with this beautiful and beguiling film, by turns neorealist and fabulist, worthy of Pasolini in its matter-of-fact lyricism and political conviction. -Film Society of Lincoln Center

Part documentary, part beast fable, Pietro Marcello’s “Lost and Beautiful” is a loving act of cultural preservation.  Mr. Marcello tells a simple, touching tale that seems to contain a whole cosmos of meaning. -The NY Times


Fri and Sat, Jan 20 and 21
Seasons 6:30 and 8:15 @ IU Fine Arts
Lost and Beautiful 7pm @ IU Woodburn
The Brand New Testament  8:45 @ IU Woodburn

Sun, Jan 22
Lost and Beautiful 5:30 @ IU Bear’s Place
The Brand New Testament 7:30 @ Bear’s Place

Fri and Sat, Jan 27 and 28
Starless Dreams 6:30 @ IU Fine Arts
Lost and Beautiful 7pm @ IU Woodburn – Last Chance!
The Brand New Testament 8pm @ IU Fine Arts
Seasons  8:45 @ IU Woodburn

Sun, Jan 29
Seasons 2pm @ IU Fine Arts
The Brand New Testament @ 4pm IU Fine Arts – Last Chance!
Starless Dreams 5:30 @ Bear’s Place – Last Chance!
Seasons 7:30 @ Bear’s Place


Tue, Jan 31
Starving the Beast – 7pm – Free – Campus screening location tba





January 13, 2017
January 28, 2017
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