The Truffle Hunters
The Truffle Hunters

The Truffle Hunters

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Food Film

The Truffle Hunters

Directed by: Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw

USA/Italy/Greece, 2020, 84m

In Italian and Piedmontese with English subtitles

This film is NOT available virtually and can only be seen at Enzian Theater.

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 fungus at night so as not to leave any clues for others. Still, this small group of irascible old men, living a simple life of modest means, 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, FFF 2018 Special Jury Award for Artistic Vision) follow this maddening cycle from the forest floor to the pristine restaurant plate. With a wily and absurdist flare, this revelatory and delightful real-life fairy tale 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.

preceded by

Personal Story of Chef Tawatchai

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Stunning shots of food prep add to this portrait of Thai-born, Orlando-based chef Tawatchai Chavitranurak, a gastronomic artist with experience in Western cuisine and a love of the culinary arts.

USA/Thailand, 2020, 8m, Directed by Chanarong Buapim