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SPETTACOLO

Directed by Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen

USA, 2017, 1h 31min, Digital

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There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

“Spettacolo stands as a testament to making art in the face of general indifference and worldly decline and the belief that a can-do spirit and deep-seated cynicism are not mutually exclusive ideas.” – Vikram Murthi, AV Club

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 residents of all ages played a part – the role of themselves. Monticchiello’s annual tradition has attracted worldwide attention and kept the town together for 50 years, but with an aging population and a future generation more interested in Facebook than farming, the town’s 50th–anniversary performance just might be its last. 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 new play about the end of their world.

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