Two Films by Pietro Marcello: The Mouth of the Wolf and Lost and Beautiful

Two Films by Pietro Marcello: The Mouth of the Wolf and Lost and Beautiful

Pietro Marcello / 2021 / 68 + 87 minutes / Spine #41




The Mouth of the Wolf (2009 / 68 minutes / Italy)
Winner of major prizes at the Berlin and Turin film festivals, the hauntingly beautiful debut feature from Pietro Marcello interweaves two love stories: the 20-year romance between a Sicilian tough guy and a transsexual former junkie whom he met in prison, and a poetic reverie of the Italian port town of Genoa, depicted in all its mysterious, fading glory. Commissioned by the Fondazione San Marcellino, a Jesuit order dedicated to helping society’s poor and marginalized, The Mouth of the Wolf masterfullly combines documentary with fiction and melancholy home movies from the past century with poetic images, sounds, and music of the waterfront today.


Lost and Beautiful (2015 / 87 minutes / Italy)
Despite death threats from the Mafia and his country’s general apathy, 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 something which may no longer exist. Shot on expired 16mm stock, Lost and Beautiful is a ravishing film.




Theatrical trailer for Lost and Beautiful
*BLU-RAY ONLY* Discussion with Pietro Marcello and editor Sara Fgaier at the Frames of Representation Film Festival, London, 2015 (53 minutes)



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  • "Critic's Pick! Mr. Marcello tells a simple, touching tale that seems to contain a whole cosmos of meaning."

    — A.O. Scott, The New York Times (on Lost and Beautiful)
  • "Critic's Pick! Impressionistic, extravagantly poetic."

    — Stephen Holden, The New York Times (on The Mouth of the Wolf)

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