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

Cannes 2020 *
Toronto Film Festival
Helsinki International Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival - World Competition
New York Film Festival - Main Slate
Mill Valley Film Festival
Hamptons International Film Festival
IDA Documentary Screening Series
Aspen Film Festival
SCAD Savannah
Telluride Film Festival *
San Sebastian International Film Festival
Zurich Film Festival
Calgary International Film Festival
New Italian Cinema
Brisbane International Film Festival
Film Festival Cologne
La Roche
Adelaide Film Festival
Vienna International Film Festival
El Gouna
Ulju Mountain Film Festival
Morelia International Film Festival
Stockholm International Film Festival
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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