Preceded by the short film, Dear Mr. Shakespeare.

Once upon a time, villagers in a tiny hill town in Tuscany came up with a remarkable way to confront their issues: they turned their lives into a play. Every summer, their piazza became their stage and residents of all ages played a part – the role of themselves. Monticchiello’s annual tradition has attracted worldwide attention and kept the town together for 50 years, but with an aging population and a future generation more interested in Facebook than farming, the town’s 50th anniversary performance just might be its last.

“Charming … filled with breathless beauty … a touching document of seemingly regular people who yearn to keep an artistic tradition alive.” – Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

Featuring gorgeous cinematography capturing the visual splendor of rural Italy, Spettacolo, from filmmakers Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen (co-directors of the acclaimed 2010 documentary, Marwencol) tells the story of Teatro Povero dii Monticchiello, interweaving episodes from its past with its modern-day process as the villages turn a series of devastating blows into a new play about the end of their world. (Dir. by Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen, 2017, USA, in Italian with English subtitles, 91 mins., Not Rated)

Other Festival Appearances: SXSW; Hot Docs

Dear Mr. Shakespeare is a reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Othello.

An exploration of Shakespeare’s intentions when writing Othello, exploring the play’s racial themes in a historical and contemporary setting and drawing wider parallels between immigration and blackness in the UK today. (Dir. by Shola Amoo , 2016, UK, 5 mins., Not Rated)

Thanks to our community partner, University of Arizona, Dept of French and Italian, College of Humanities.