- Wed 31 Aug 2022
- Len Lye Cinema
- Rating: Exempt
- In line with current New Zealand restrictions for cinemas, conditions of entry to all Cinema screenings under the Covid-19 Protection Framework are:
- o Face coverings to be worn
- General $14.00
- Concession $10.00 for seniors, students and community service card holders (with valid ID)
- Booking recommended
- As there is no allocated seating doors open 15 minutes before screenings, please come early to avoid disappointment
- To minimise disruption no admittance to cinema 10 minutes after session starts
- Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
- Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years old, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle-which to date has resisted all of modern science's efforts at cultivation.
In Piemonte in northern Italy, a rare wild white truffle is valued for its exceptional flavour. Truffles can’t be grown commercially or farmed, and consequently, the best ones are incredibly valuable.
But this is the story of the talented, eccentric, lovable people that possess the age-old skills and knowledge to find these elusive fungi. We are immersed deep into the process, from digging to the dinner table, and what makes this film such a festival favourite are the real life characters that dedicate their lives to the hunt.
The truffle hunters’ world is convoluted and political. They squabble among themselves, bargain, pray, curse, and devote themselves to the truffle in a fanatical way. In a world that seems dominated by progress and technology, The Truffle Hunters is a refreshing reprieve. Here nature, dogs, the community, and passion are celebrated with an unassuming charm that will leave you happier.
- Paolo Rotondo
2020 | Documentary | 84 min | Dir. Michael Dweck & Gregory Kershaw | In Italian with English subtitles
Winner/Winner ASC Award, Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
Nominated/Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival
Nominated/Documentary of the Year, Cinema Eye Honors
“A strange, funny, mysterious and rather beautiful film... It’s a film to leave you with a smile on your face”
- Peter Bradshaw. - The Guardian