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Independent Film Festival Boston • April 25 – May 2, 2018

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Mon, Apr 9, 2018

The DocYard Presents (previous events)Special Events Archive

Spettacolo

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Directors: Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen

Film Details: 1 hour 29 minutes, 2017, USA, color / black & white, Italian with English subtitles

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Filmmaker Jeff Malmberg will attend in person for discussion!

About the Film:

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 villagers of all ages played a part – the role of themselves.

While neighboring villages turned to tourism for survival, Monticchielloʼs annual tradition kept the town together for 50 years, preserved in time.

Every issue the villagers have faced in their history – their near annihilation by Nazis, the womenʼs movement, the struggles of the townʼs independent farmers, the commercialization of their land – every major event has been debated and dramatized by the villagers in the center of town.

Leading this process is Andrea Cresti, a painter and sculptor descended from Italian royalty whoʼs devoted his life to helping his village tell their story. At 75, he still scales scaffolding to adjust lights and pulls the stage apart after midnight rehearsals. But with no qualified heir and a future generation more interested in Facebook than farmers, he struggles to keep their tradition and town from crumbling. “Spettacolo” tells the story of Teatro Povero di Monticchiello, interweaving episodes from its past with its modern-day process as the villagers turn a series of devastating blows into a play about the end of their world.

“Breathtaking. A powerful testament to the ability of art to make sense of the world” – Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest

“So poignant and is so intelligently told that it feels wrong, almost insulting, to call ‘Spettacolo’ charming, even if the movie is often delightful.”- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“Intensely curious and deceptively profound about the ways in which art both liberates and heals its creators, as well as traps and suffocates them” – Nick Schager, Daily Beast

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