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The Truffle Hunters

An eccentric world you've never heard of nor seen.

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 truffle at night so as not to leave any clues for others.

Still, this small enclave of hunters 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, 2018 Sundance Film Festival) follow this maddening cycle from the forest floor to the pristine restaurant plate. With a wily and absurdist flare, The Truffle Hunters 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

Source: Sundance Institute

“A scrumptious cinematic journey. Try not to fall hard for the joy it spreads”– Tomris Laffly, VARIETY

"A strange, funny, mysterious and rather beautiful film"- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"the truffle hunters are so colorful that it seems nigh impossible that they would be real figures rather than characters pulled out of a Pixar movie"- Karen Han, Polygon

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Directed by: 
Michael Dweck
Directed by: 
Gregory Kershaw
Running Time: 
84 minutes
Italian and Piedmontese (with English subtitles)
Paulo Stacchin
Piero Botto
Carlo Gonella
Sergio Cauda

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