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“Transcendent. Deeply humanist and romantic” – Cinema Scope
After the critical breakthrough of Martin Eden, revisit the second film from director Pietro Marcello – a fable-like tale of a foolish servant who, tasked with carrying out the dying wishes of a shepherd, embarks on an odyssey across an almost-mythic Italy.
Despite death threats from the Mafia and his country’s general apathy Tommaso, a humble shepherd, 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 suffers a heart attack and dies, but not before making a final wish. He summons a masked character named Pulcinella to rescue a buffalo calf from the forsaken palace. Together, man and beast embark on a journey through a lost and beautiful Italy, searching for something which may no longer exist.
Dir: Pietro Marcello
Cast: Tommaso Cestrone, Sergio Vitolo
BBFC certification: PG
Italy 2015, 1hr 27 mins, Italian with English subtitles