Sun 1 August 3:15pm
Wed 4 August 6:30pm
PLEASE NOTE: all screenings of this title have socially distanced seating plans.
Director: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw
Beautifully captured and as richly fulfilling as a truffle-laden dish, The Truffle Hunters presents a transporting portrait of Italy’s expert foragers. With their subjects’ endlessly watchable, charming eccentricities, Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw (The Last Race) have created a mesmerising documentary that stays with you long after the credits roll.
Deep in the forests 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. 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 loyal animals and picture-perfect land, seemingly straight out of a fairy tale. They’re untethered to mobile phones or the Internet, opting instead to make their food and drink by hand and prioritising 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 hunters’ secrets are more coveted than ever.
However, as it soon becomes clear, these ageing men may just hold something much more valuable than even this prized delicacy: the secret to a rich and meaningful life.
In Italian with English subtitles
★★★★★ “DOCUMENTARIES DON’T COME MUCH MORE DELIGHTFUL” Eye For Film
★★★★ “LEAVE[S] YOU WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian