The Truffle Hunters

Greece, Italy, 2020 / 84 Mins

Director: Michael Dweck

Starring: Piero Botto, Sergio Cauda

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.


We are delighted to be showing the short film The Spark (PG) before the main feature, in association with Making Waves.

Directed by: Anastasia Lobkovski
Finland, 9 mins 36s

Raimo (65) takes his date Birgitta (63) to a summer place, which is already set for the winter. While Birgitta flirts and plays, Raimo seems to have an underlying agenda for the visit.