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The Truffle Hunters

Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle-which to date has resisted all of modern science's efforts at cultivation.
(PG-13, 84 min.)

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Monday, May 10, 2021

5:00 PM

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

5:30 PM

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

3:00 PM 7:15 PM

Thursday, May 13, 2021

5:00 PM

Friday, May 14, 2021

6:00 PM

Saturday, May 15, 2021

2:00 PM 6:15 PM

Sunday, May 16, 2021

2:30 PM 4:00 PM

Monday, May 17, 2021

5:00 PM

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

7:15 PM

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

5:15 PM

Thursday, May 20, 2021

7:15 PM

Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle—which to date has resisted all of modern science's efforts at cultivation. They're guided by a secret culture and training passed down through generations, as well as by the noses of their cherished and expertly-trained dogs. They live a simpler, slower way of life, in harmony with their loyal animals and their picture-perfect land, seemingly straight out of a fairy tale. They're untethered to cell phone screens or the Internet, opting instead to make their food and drink by hand and prioritizing in-person connections and community.
The demand for white truffles increases year after year, even as the supply decreases. As a result of climate change, deforestation, and the lack of young people taking up the mantle, the truffle hunters' secrets are more coveted than ever. However, as it soon becomes clear, these ageing men may just hold something much more valuable than even this prized delicacy: the secret to a rich and meaningful life.

Starring: Piero Botto, Sergio Cauda, Maria Cicciù
Director: Gregory Kershaw, Michael Dweck
Genre(s): Documentary

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"It is absolutely sublime."

— Kristy Puchko, Pajiba

"It's a film to leave you with a smile on your face."

— Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

"See this wonderful-looking documentary on a big cinema screen if you possibly can."

— David Stratton, The Australian

"A strange, funny, mysterious and rather beautiful film about an activity that’s recherché to say the least."

— Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"It's a sweet and simple movie with a healthy dose of bittersweet wistfulness for a fading world, and it's beautiful."

— Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

"The film's reminder of the fragility of agrarian traditions in the face of a merciless profit motive is delivered with tact and subtlety."

— Carson Lund, Slant Magazine

"The Truffle Hunters is a charming, life-affirming film, a look at an enduring folkway that brings fun and flavor to Italians every year."

— Joe Blessin, The Playlist

"Watching a gourmet buyer reverently smell and taste a choice example of their finds, shaved over a simple fried egg to strains of Tosca, no less, will have you salivating."

— David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

"There's a dark side to the profession, which the filmmakers acknowledge, but the most valuable thing they capture in their film is the joy of being alive, and finding something you love."

— Karen Han, Polygon

"It’s a complex picture that Dweck and Kershaw navigate with respect, curiosity and a sense of awe, managing to excavate the essence of a tight-knit, lovably atypical commune out of it."

— Tomris Laffly, Variety

"These men have dedicated their entire lives to not only finding these exquisite white Alba truffles but also to the dogs that help them find their way, and to see their culture upturned for selfish reasons is an upsetting thing to witness. That they still have so much personality, joy, and life in them, however, makes The Truffle Hunters a delightful, charming watch."

— Jordan Raup, The Film Stage

"The Truffle Hunters is about sustaining tradition in a world that seems to (d)evolve too fast. It's about mortality, but it's never morbid. It's about fungi, but it's never dull. It takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the contemporary, social-media-driven society and plunges you into the woodsy stillness of Northern Italy. You don't have to love truffles to crave a little bit of that beautiful solitude."

— Alex Saveliev, Film Threat