2020 Sundance Film Festival - World Cinema Doc Competition
2020 Cannes Film Festival Selection - Documentary Films

Deep in the forests of Northern Italy resides the prized white Alba truffle. Desired by the wealthiest patrons in the world, it remains a pungent but rarified mystery. It cannot be cultivated or found, even by the most resourceful of modern excavators. The only souls on Earth who know how to dig it up are a tiny circle of canines and their silver-haired human companions—Italian elders with walking sticks and devilish senses of humor—who only scour for the truffle at night so as not to leave any clues for others.

Still, this small enclave of hunters induces a feverish buying market that spans the globe. With unprecedented access to the elusive truffle hunters, filmmakers Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw (The Last Race, 2018 Sundance Film Festival) follow this maddening cycle from the forest floor to the pristine restaurant plate. With a wily and absurdist flare, The Truffle Hunters captures a precarious ritual constantly threatened by greed and outside influences but still somehow protected by those clever, tight-lipped few who know how to unearth the magic within nature.

YEAR 2020
COUNTRY Italy/U.S.A./Greece
RUN TIME 84 min
LANGUAGE Italian/Piedmontese
SUBTITLES English subtitles

: Michael Dweck / Gregory Kershaw
Producers: Michael Dweck / Gregory Kershaw
Executive Producers: Luca Guadagnino / Lance Acord / Leslie Berriman / Jackie Kelman Bisbee / Sam Bisbee / Geralyn White Dreyfous / Christos V. Konstantakopoulos / Nion McEvoy / Wendy Neu / Cameron O'Reilly / Matthew Perniciaro / Patty Quillin / Michael Sherman / Regina K. Scully / Jim Swartz / Susan Swartz / Lynda Weinman / Jamie Wolf
Co-Producers: René Simon Cruz Jr. / Letizia Guglielmino
Associate Producers: Hallee Adelman / Cecilia Luppi / Ivy Herman
Editor: Charlotte Munch Bengtsen

- Academy Awards 2021 - shortlisted for Best Documentary
- BAFTA Awards 2021 - shortlisted for Best Documentary
- Directors Guild of America 2021 - WINNER DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
- American Society of Cinematographers 2021 - WINNER ASC Award Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Documentary Film
- Producers Guild of America Awards 2021 - Nominee Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures 
- Cannes 2020 * - Official Selection
- New York Film Festival - Main Slate
- Sundance Film Festival - World Cinema Documentary Competition, Nominee for Grand Jury Prize
- Toronto Film Festival - Official Selection
- Telluride Film Festival * - Official Selection
- San Sebastian International Film Festival - Culinary Zinema Selection
- International Documentary Association - Nominee for Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Feature
- Helsinki International Film Festival
- Mill Valley Film Festival
- Hamptons International Film Festival
- Aspen Film Festival
- Cinema Eye Honors Awards - Nominee Eye Audience Choice Prize & Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
- Critics Choice Documentary Awards - Nominee Best Cinematography
- London Critics Circle Film Awards - Nominee Documentary of the Year Award
- National Board of Review - Nominee Best Documentary
- SCAD Savannah
- Docville
- Zurich Film Festival
- Calgary International Film Festival
- New Italian Cinema
- Brisbane International Film Festival
- Film Festival Cologne
- La Roche
- Adelaide Film Festival - Nominee for Feature Documentary Award
- Vienna International Film Festival
- El Gouna Film Festival - WINNER Bronze Star Feature Documentary Competition
- Ulju Mountain Film Festival
- Morelia International Film Festival
- Stockholm International Film Festival - Nominee for Best Documentary
- Thessaloniki International Film Festival
- Golden Horse Film Festival
- American Film Festival/New Horizons
- Tallin Black Nights Festival
- Torino Film Festival *
- Singapore International Film Festival
- Around the World in 14 Films Festival
- Tromsø International Film Festival *
- Budapest International Doc Festival
- Vilnius Film Festival
- Capri Hollywood

* did not screen due to COVID19


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