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The Truffle Hunters

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Italy, United States, Greece · 2020
Rated PG-13 · 1h 24m
Director Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw
Starring Carlo Gonella, Sergio Cauda, Aurelio Conterno, Angelo Gagliardi
Genre Documentary

In the deep forests of Northern Italy grows the rare white Alba truffle. A group of elderly men and their faithful dogs ventures across Piedmont, a forgotten land frozen in time, to find the rare and expensive ingredient that defies all efforts of human cultivation.

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Film Threat by Alex Saveliev

The Truffle Hunters is about sustaining tradition in a world that seems to (d)evolve too fast. It's about mortality, but it's never morbid. It's about fungi, but it's never dull. It takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the contemporary, social-media-driven society and plunges you into the woodsy stillness of Northern Italy. You don't have to love truffles to crave a little bit of that beautiful solitude.

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Slant Magazine by Carson Lund

The film’s reminder of the fragility of agrarian traditions in the face of a merciless profit motive is delivered with tact and subtlety.

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The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw (The Last Race) directed, produced and shot this captivating vérité documentary, which finds humor, charm and poignancy in the crusty eccentrics and their adored canine companions who sniff out the aromatic tubers, usually under the secretive cloak of night.

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The Playlist by Joe Blessing

The Truffle Hunters is a charming, life-affirming film, a look at an enduring folkway that brings fun and flavor to Italians every year.

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The Film Stage by Jordan Raup

These men have dedicated their entire lives to not only finding these exquisite white Alba truffles but also to the dogs that help them find their way, and to see their culture upturned for selfish reasons is an upsetting thing to witness. That they still have so much personality, joy, and life in them, however, makes The Truffle Hunters a delightful, charming watch.

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LarsenOnFilm by Josh Larsen

The Truffle Hunters has a great subject—aging Italian foragers and their dogs, carrying on the storied tradition of searching forests for the rare fungi—but its true strength is in its compositions.

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Variety by Tomris Laffly

It’s a complex picture that Dweck and Kershaw navigate with respect, curiosity and a sense of awe, managing to excavate the essence of a tight-knit, lovably atypical commune out of it.

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