The Spring 2018 series of screenings from Cambridge-based The DocYard continues this Monday (4/9) with the critically-acclaimed film Spettacolo. Here’s the official synopsis from the organization’s website:
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 villagers of all ages played a part – the role of themselves. While neighboring villages turned to tourism for survival, Monticchielloʼs annual tradition kept the town together for 50 years, preserved in time. Every issue the villagers have faced in their history – their near annihilation by Nazis, the womenʼs movement, the struggles of the townʼs independent farmers, the commercialization of their land – every major event has been debated and dramatized by the villagers in the center of town.
Director Jeff Malmberg will be on hand for a discussion after the screening.
Screening begins at 7 PM at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge. Tickets can be purchased from the theater website or box office.
For those unfamiliar with The DocYard, their mission statement, listed on their website says “Established in 2010, The DocYard celebrates what is innovative and inspiring in documentary and brings filmmakers and audiences together to explore the craft of non-fiction storytelling. Building on Boston’s rich legacy in documentary, the goal of the screening series is to continue to grow a vibrant, creative community of media-makers and film lovers in the region.”
Films in the Spring Series run every other Monday at 7 PM at the Brattle Theater. Because it falls in our Boston Springs A Fethival coverage, we also include the organizations entire lineup in our annual Boston Springs A Fethival Superguide, due in early May, and will also cover the films showing during the series on Subject:CINEMA‘s extensive coverage of the season in May! Be sure to check out eCinemaBoston regularly for all the info!