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

CATEGORY World Cinema Documentary Competition

COUNTRY Italy/U.S.A./Greece

RUN TIME 84 min

LANGUAGE Italian/Piedmontese

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Go Gigi Go Productions LLC

EMAIL gregorykershaw@gmail.com

PHONE (315) 272-8045


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Artist Bio

Michael Dweck

Michael Dweck is an award-winning filmmaker and visual artist known for his narrative photographic and film projects, which explore ongoing struggles between identity and adaptation within endangered societal enclaves. His directorial debut, The Last Race, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. In 2019, he was a Sundance Institute Catalyst Forum fellow and Music and Sound Design Lab fellow.

Gregory Kershaw

Gregory Kershaw is a documentary and narrative filmmaker whose work explores the complexity and beauty of humans and their planet. He was recently a producer and the director of photography on The Last Race. In 2019, he was a Sundance Institute Catalyst Forum fellow and Music and Sound Design Lab fellow. He is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA film-directing program.