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Deep in the forest of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle – which to date has resisted all of modern science’s efforts at cultivation.
“NYT Critic’s Pick! An enchanting documentary … charming and slyly poignant.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times
They’re guided by a secret culture and training passed down through generations, as well as by the noses of their cherished and expertly-trained dogs. They live a simpler, slower way of life, in harmony with their animals and their picture-perfect land, seemingly straight out of a fairy tale. They’re untethered to cell phone screens or the Internet, opting instead to make their food and drink by hand and prioritizing in-person connections and community. The demand for white truffles increases year after year, even as the supply decreases. As a result of climate change, deforestation, and the lack of young people taking up the mantle, the truffle hunter’ secrets are more coveted than ever. However, as it soon becomes clear, these ageing men may just hold something more valuable than even this prized delicacy: the secret to a rich and meaningful life. (Dir. by Michael Dweck/Gregory Kershaw, 2020, Italy/Greece/USA, in Italian with English subtitles, 84 mins., Rated PG-13)
Closed Captions and Audio Description Available.