Italian Film Festival


Info: USA, 2017, 91 mins, DCP, 19+

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen


  • Sunday January 7, 2018 - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday January 9, 2018 - 2:50 pm

"Theater lovers and Italophiles alike should savor the documentary Spettacolo , an engaging and wistful look at the tiny Tuscan village of Monticchielloand its longtime tradition of producing "autodramas," works crafted by, starring and thematically inspired by its residents." Gary Goldstein, LA Times

"So poignant and is so intelligently told that it feels wrong, almost insulting, to call Spettacolo charming, even if the movie is often delightful." Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"Truly poetic and delicately beautiful." Francesca Bezzone, L’Italo-Americano

Once upon a time there was a tiny hill town in Tuscany that found a remarkable way to confront their issues – they turned their lives into a play. Spettacolo is a portrait of this 50-year-old tradition, where their piazza becomes their stage and every villager from 6 to 90 plays a part – the role of themselves.