The village of Monticchiello is one of the ancient Italian hill towns (typically overlooked by tourists) that requires you to leave your car at the bottom, follow a path, and enter through the Gothic gate of an original medieval defense wall—these walls and several of the town’s stone buildings are 900 years old. The townspeople of Monticchiello, sensing the fragility of their architecture and way of life, have in recent years tackled their problems by turning their lives into theater. Every year they produce a town play—and everyone is invited to participate. Piazza del Teatro is where the production happens. Known as teatro povero (folk theater), the residents write, produce, and perform a theatrical version of their own village life—and everyone plays themselves. Past productions have focused on things like memories of Fascism, the trouble with tourists, increasing commercialization, even women’s rights. Will their tradition continue with the next generation? The filmmakers follow the creation of one spettacolo—forming a portrait of a remarkable town where theater and real life coincide. Sponsored by Blue Mingo Grill (Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen, 2017, Italy, subtitled, 90 minutes)
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