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Five recent documentaries will be presented in our Documentary Series: Focus on Italy, taking you on a journey to five different Italian regions.

TITLE: Wine Roads. Along the cycling paths of South Tyrol Sulle Srade
DIRECTOR: Paolo Casalis
PLOT: A group of friends vacation along the bike paths of South Tyrol becomes an opportunity to tell the stories of a land and culture through its wines. Nell'era del turismo lento e di prossimità, Sulle strade dei vini è un viaggio nella regione più bike-friendly d'Italia: quasi 500 chilometri di piste ciclabili, il sogno di ogni cicloturista. Director Paolo Casalis, whoalso gave us the film Barolo Boys, returns to tell the world of wine throught a trip of winery visits, meetings with more than twenty wine producers, toasts and tastings. Biodynamic and resistant vineyards, international grapes and autoctone varieties, tradition and innovation. if it is true that the world of wine can take a wide variety of different paths, even the less traveled or ones that others will only take in the future.. here they are really trying it all with courage and determination. Whether we like it or not.
CAST: Adrian Tudose, Lidia Dalla Libera, Marco Dal Bo, Carmelo Messina
YEAR: 2021
SOURCE: Produzioni Fuorifuoco, Strada Montelupa 6c, Bra
TIME: March 13, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time til 3:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on March 14

TITLE: Stracci Stracci
DIRECTOR: Tommaso Santi
PLOT: Stracci is a documentary that starts from Prato and travels around the world, addressing the issue of the environmental impact of the fashion industry. The heart of the documentary is the story of an extraordinary, ancient and highly topical circular economy experience: that of the recycling of wool by the textile industries of the Prato district, an example to follow;
CAST: Claudio Calabresi, Daniela Gori, Federico Gualtieri, Giuseppe Guanci, Sauro Guerri, Gabriele Innocenti, Juliet Lennon, Hasnain Lilani, Matteo Mantellassi, Fabio Marso, Riccardo Matteini Bresci, Massimo Paolieri, Liz Ricketts, Alessandro Sanesi, Fabrizio Tesi, Francesco Truscelli
YEAR: 2021




Kove Srls, Via Mino da Fiesole 28, Prato

TIME: March 20, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time til 9:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on March 21

TITLE: Spicy Calabria Calabria
DIRECTOR: Giacomo Arrigoni
PLOT: A road trip across the Calabrian region to discover traditions, legends, artistic masterpieces and natural landscapes linked by the red thread of spiciness. Along an ideal route that leads from the burning chili peppers to the pungent 'nduja, passing from the hints of the bergamot to the flavors of the typical sardella, Esmeralda Spadea, a journalist in search for inspiration, leads us in an on-the-road documentary drama that explores the spicy culture of Calabrian living: a manifesto of the most authentic Italian way of life in the world.
CAST: Esmeralda Spadea, Giovanni Pellegrino, Bruno Amantea, Lea Corigliano
YEAR: 2021


Courtesy Esmeralda Spadea
TIME: March 27, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time til 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on March 28

TITLE: Artisanal Cheese CHeese
DIRECTOR: Marco Leopoldi

This documentary tells the story of small dairymen and cheesemakers of the Alta Val Brembana, an Alpine area near Bergamo. Our journey starts in the stables and production facilities during winter. Then we travel to the storage areas where the cheese is kept to age. The dedication, antique traditions and love for cheese is extraordinary and the results are the famous cheeses of the area—Agrì, Stracchino all'Antica and others—along with local culinary specialties, such as polenta taragna and nosècc, that you will want to try next time you're in Italy!


the Monaci Family, and Francesca, Francantonio, Abramo

YEAR: 2018
SOURCE: Courtesy of Terra Srl. Via Monte Giberto, 15, Rome
TIME: April 3, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time til 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on April 5

TITLE: Pupus Pupus
DIRECTOR: Miriam Cossu Sparagano Ferraye
PLOT: Borgo Vecchio, Palermo: we are in the great universe of the Puppets’ Opera from the Sicilian tradition, we are in the small theater-laboratory of the Mancuso family. Carmelo, son of a master puppeteer, lives in this place full of fantasy and imagination. He plays with the verses he has heard so many times during the shows: trying to imitate the grown-up tone of his father’s voice, he gives life to the puppets with arcane dexterity. His eyes shine in that fairy tales’ world, where raw pieces of wood take shape to narrate, as in an eternal return, the chivalrous stories of love and war. Here’s how a young man just at the beginning of a great knowledge makes his way towards his future.
CAST: Carmelo Mancuso, Antonio Mancuso, Vincenzo Mancuso, Amelia Bartolone Mancuso, Antonino Guarino, GIovanni Battista Rappa, Nausica Sferlazzo
YEAR: 2021
SOURCE: Courtesy of Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Sede Sicilia, Palermo
TIME: April 10, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time til 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on April 12