Film Screening of SPETTACOLO Villagers in a tiny Tuscan town come up with a remarkable way to confront their issues: they turn their lives into a play. Every summer, their piazza
Film Screening of SPETTACOLO
Villagers in a tiny Tuscan town come up with a remarkable way to confront their issues: they turn their lives into a play. Every summer, their piazza becomes a stage and residents of all ages play a part — the role of themselves. Monticchiello’s annual tradition has attracted worldwide attention and kept the town together for 50 years, but with an aging population and a future generation more interested in Facebook than farming, the town’s 50th-anniversary performance might be its last.
Length: 1hr 31 min
Director: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen
“It feels wrong, almost insulting, to call “Spettacolo” charming, even if the movie is often delightful” -NYTimes
“An engaging and wistful look at the tiny Tuscan village of Monticchielo and its longtime tradition of producing “autodramas,” works crafted by, starring and thematically inspired by its residents.” -LATimes
“Spettacolo serves as a hymn to the creative process, but also as a eulogy of sorts to the let’s-put-on-a-show spirit of pre-digital times. Come for the drama, stay for the gorgeous scenery.” -Toronto Star“[An]engaging documentary” -NPR
This film is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Janet Ruttenberg: Beholder, which opened on Sept 15 and will be on view through December 29, 2019.
Her hybrid painting-projection piece, Tango, will be available for viewing in the theater before and after the screening.