Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw spent three years capturing the day to day existence of The Truffle Hunters. The documentary, now out on Blu-ray and DVD, is a pleasure to watch. The filmmakers talked about immersing themselves into the lives of these Piedmond, Italy denizens and why one, according to Kershaw, is simply “lifted up by them.”
Running at 84 minutes, The Truffle Hunters brings viewers into the world of several elderly men whose main passions are their dogs and their daily search for truffles.
Directors Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw did not employ a run and gun approach to production. Instead they lived amidst the Piedmont inhabitants and gradually gained their trust. Patience is a virtue, and the filmmakers spent several months without using their camera.
Check out my podcast interview w/ Dweck and Kershaw on Find Your Film:
The documentary captures the hunters’ deep bond with their dogs, and some of them hunt for truffles during the dead of night. Instead of employing voiceovers to spell out the narrative, The Truffle Hunters takes on a more observational approach to the material.
This aesthetic, coupled with the hunters’ likability and the visual beauty of the environment, are just a few reasons to check out this documentary.
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