The Last Italian Cowboys (Gli ultimi butteri)


Vogue Theatre Sat, Dec 1, 2018 3:45 PM
Film Info
Category:Special Screening
Running Time:95 min.
Director:Walter Bencini
Producer:Insekt Film
Screenwriter:Walter Bencini
Cinematographer:Walter Bencini
Editor:Walter Bencini


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Walter Bencini’s beautifully shot documentary, a love song to the Maremma region of Italy, profiles the butteri, or cowboys, who work on one of the last ranches that breeds cattle and horses in the wild. Shot over the changing seasons in an area that stretches between southern Tuscany and northern Lazio, the film chronicles the lives of these amiable weather-beaten wranglers, their synchronicity with the rhythms of the land, and their relationship with the animals they steward. From the veteran cowpoke who doesn’t want to be known as one of the last of a breed, to the young men who are learning the trade and wondering if there is enough money in riding the range to support a family, The Last Cowboys celebrates the camaraderie of this rugged band. For anyone who loves the Tuscan countryside or simply seeks escape from everyday office routine, this film’s exquisite lensing provides a close-up of sweeping vistas of the Tyrrhenian Sea, bucolic shots of cows (and the cowboys reciting their names), and a unique perspective on how an organic, free-range ranch carries out Italy’s slow food traditions.

Additional Information

Walter Bencini is a documentary producer, director and cinematographer. In 1997 he founded the production company Insekt Film, and over the years he has created documentaries and TV series for Italian and international broadcasters, encompassing subjects relating to art, history, architecture, landscapes, food and social issues. His collaboration with Slow Food in recent years has inspired his latest works, which have received special mentions, awards and prizes and been screened at major Italian and international festivals, including the Berlinale, the Al Jazeera Documentary Film Festival.