THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS || Now Playing @ Sag Harbor Cinema
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The Truffle Hunters
Directed by: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw
Italy, Greece, USA, 2021; 84mins, Italian with English subtitles
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, guided by a secret culture and training passed down through generations, as well as by the noses of their cherished and expertly-trained dogs. Like in a fairy tale, they live a simpler, slower way of life, in harmony with their animals and their picture-perfect land, untethered to cell phone screens or the Internet.
As the demand for white truffles increases and the supply decreases, the hunters’ secrets are more coveted than ever. As it soon becomes clear, these ageing men may just hold something much more valuable than the prized delicacy: the secret to a rich and meaningful life.