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.

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Jeff Malmberg

Chris Shellen



Directors: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen
Producer: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen, Matt Radecki
Cinematographer: Jeff Malmberg
Editor: Jeff Malmberg
Sound Designer: Lawrence Everson
Music: Lele Marchitelli
Principal Cast: Andrea Cresti, Chiara Del Ciondolo, Arturo Vignai, Alpo Mangiavacchi, The townspeople of Monticchiello, Italy


Public Film Contact
Jeff Malmberg
Open Face
Publicity Contact
Jim Dobson
Sales Agent
Andrew Herwitz, Film Sales Company
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2017
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Spotlight
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: Italian with English Subtitles
Runtime: 89 mins