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Saturday, May 8, 2021
Saturday, May 8th screening has been cancelled due to inclement weather / Deep in the forest of Italy, a handful of seventy and eighty years young men - and their trusty dogs - hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle.
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Presented in partnership with the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department

Inaugural year design, engineering and construction support from RDG Planning & Design, Raker Rhodes Engineering and McComas Lacina Construction

The Truffle Hunters is sponsored by Blank and McCune

Nominee: Audience Choice Prize - Cinema Eye Honors
Nominee: World Cinema - Documentary - Sundance

"This endearing, thoroughly entertaining movie might be what we all need right now: an invitation to stop and smell the roses - or, if you're lucky, their far less showy fungal cousins." —Washington Post

"Teaches you to pay attention to the world, all of it all at once." —New York Magazine

"A sweet and simple movie with a healthy dose of bittersweet wistfulness for a fading world, and it's beautiful." - Vox

Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for a rare and expensive white Alba truffle - which to date has resisted all of modern science's efforts at cultivation. They're guided by a secret culture and training passed down through generations, as well as by the noses of their cherished and expertly-trained dogs. They live a simpler, slower way of life, in harmony with their loyal animals and their picture-perfect land, seemingly straight out of a fairy tale. They're untethered to cell phone screens or the internet, opting instead to make their food and drink by hand and prioritizing in-person connections and community.

The demand for white truffles increases year after year, even as the supply decreases. As a result of climate change, deforestation, and the lack of young people taking up the mantle, the truffle hunters' secrets are more coveted than ever. However, as it soon becomes clear these ageing men may just hold something much more valuable than even this prized delicacy: the secret to a rich and meaningful life.

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating will be first-come-first-served for all FilmScene in the Park screenings, with movies beginning at sunset. Healthy and safety protocols will be in place including social distancing aided by painted markers on the lawn. The city-wide mask mandate will be enforced when moviegoers are not eating or drinking. FilmScene's indoor restrooms will be available for use, and concessions will be available for purchase at all FilmScene in the Park screenings.

Series Info
Series:FilmScene in the Park
Film Info
Runtime:84 minutes
Director:Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw
Year Released:2021
Production Country:Italy