A film by Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen
2017, 91 minutes
No. 098

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Once upon a time, villagers in a tiny hill town in Tuscany came up with a remarkable way to confront their issues – they turned their lives into a play. Every summer, their piazza became their stage and residents of all ages played 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 just might be its last.

Spettacolo tells the story of Teatro Povero di Monticchiello, interweaving episodes from its past with its modern-day process, as the villagers turn a series of devastating blows into a new play about the end of their world.

Official Selection, South by Southwest
Winner, Audience Award, Biografilm Festival
Winner, Special Mention, Biografilm Festival
Official Selection, Hot Docs
Official Selection, AFI Docs

"Lovely and elegiac." — The Hollywood Reporter

"Grade: A+. An achingly beautiful documentary." — Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Resonates with profound themes that relate to us all. Spettacolo is spectacular. — Nonfiction Film