Once upon a time there was a tiny hill town in Tuscany that found a remarkable way to confront their issues - they turned their lives into a play. Every summer for the past 50 years, their piazza becomes their stage and villagers from 6 to 90 play a part - the role of themselves.
Every issue the town has faced in its history - their near annihilation by Nazis, the disappearance of their farming heritage, the commercialization of their land - has been dramatized and debated by the villagers in the center of town.
"Spettacolo" tells the story of Teatro Povero (“Poor Theatre”) as the villagers turn a series of devastating blows into a new play about the end of their world.
Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen
Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen are documentary filmmakers whose previous film “Marwencol” has won over 25 international awards, including two Independent Spirit Awards. Their current film "Spettacolo" has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, NEH, Sundance Documentary Fund, Creative Capital and the Tribeca Film Institute.