Spettacolo is described as a documentary fairy tale directed by Jeff Malberg (Marwencol) and Chris Shellen, about a tiny Italian farming village that turns their lives into a play. The film which had it’s world premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, will open in theaters in New York on September 6th, 2017.
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.