The Truffle Hunters

  • Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw
  • Italy, United States, Greece
  • 2020
  • 84 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests

Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a dwindling group of joyful old men and their faithful dogs hunt for the world’s most expensive ingredient: the white Alba truffle. They are the last of their kind, carrying on a way of life that is rapidly disappearing in the modern world.

With its luscious cinematography and immersive soundscape, Sundance hit The Truffle Hunters provides a stylish and sometimes humorous glimpse into a world of obsessions and well-guarded secrets. From wealthy gourmets to hard-working laborers, and from seasoned truffle veterans to the newbies just starting out, everyone is fixated on the delicacy.

Filming in bright autumn colors, directors Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw create a fairytale atmosphere—but at times permeated by a harsh reality. With increasing scarcity due to climate change, toxic rivalries between hunters, and slick traders reaping big profits, there is also a darker side to the story. Nevertheless, truffle fever is infectious, thanks to the finely paced storytelling and the use of every perspective—even the dogs have been fitted with cameras.


  • 84 min
  • color
  • DCP
Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw
Michael Dweck / Beautiful Stories, Gregory Kershaw / Beautiful Stories
Executive producer
Geralyn Dreyfous, Luca Guadagnino for Frenesy Film, Matthew Perniciaro for Bow and Arrow Entertainment, Michael Sherman for Bow and Arrow Entertainment, Lance Acord for Park Pictures, Sam Bisbee for Park Pictures, Wendy Neu for Park Pictures, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos for Faliro House Productions, Regina K. Scully for Artemis Rising Foundation, Patty Quillin, Melony Lewis, Adam Lewis, Leslie Berriman, Nion McEvoy, Cameron O'Reilly, Jim Swartz, Susan Swartz, Lynda Weinman, Bruce Heavin, Jamie Wolf
Punti di vista
Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw

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Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
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