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This limited event screening is only available to start watching between the hours of 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM on September 24th. Once you have clicked watch, you will have 1 hours and 54 minutes to view the film before the watch window ends.

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. 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.

Ce documentaire de Michael Dweck et Gregory Kershaw (The Last Race, 2018) part sur les traces de la truffe blanche d’Alba, dans la région du Piémont en Italie, une gourmandise mythique, rarissime et très prisée des grands chefs et des bien nantis de ce monde. Seuls quelques aînés, accompagnés de leurs chiens et simplement armés de bâtons, savent la trouver en arpentant la forêt la nuit, question de ne laisser aucune trace et de bien préserver le secret. The Truffle Hunters nous fait découvrir une tradition ancestrale menacée, confrontée au mercantilisme contemporain. Il nous amène du fin fond de la forêt jusqu’aux tables de restaurants parmi les plus huppés de la planète. Le spectateur ne manquera pas de tomber en amour avec ces octogénaires au sens de l’humour malicieux qui se consacrent à cette recherche fabuleuse, obstinée et quelque peu insensée.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    84 minutes
  • Language
    In Italian and Piedmontese with English subtitles
  • Country
  • Note
    Mongrel Media
  • Director
    Michael Dweck & Gregory Kershaw