Spettacolo

Dirs. Jeff Malmberg and Christina Shellen
Documentary | U.S.A. / Italy | 2017 | 89 min.
Italian, with English subtitles 


Discussion to follow with director Jeff Malmberg

Sunday, March 19, 9:30 AM - Chilmark Community Center

 
 

This is the true story of a tiny Tuscan town that confronts its issues by turning them into a play. For fifty years, the villagers have transformed their piazza into a stage, taking on roles of themselves in an alternate, theatrical reality in which they discuss their difficulties and explore solutions. Filming entirely in Italy, MVFF alumnus Jeff Malmberg (Marwencol) weaves present-day verite footage with 46 years of archival film and photographs. As in a novel, every chapter functions as a puzzle piece, filling in the details of each character, illuminating hidden facets, and finally telling a story about the importance of culture, community, and everything we leave behind as we move forward.

 

Jeff Malmberg  is a documentary filmmaker whose previous film Marwencol  won over 25 international awards, including two Independent Spirit Awards. For his current film Spettacolo, he received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEH, the Sundance Documentary Fund, Creative Capital, and the Tribeca Film Institute.

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Thank you to the screening sponsor