Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank



Year: 2017
Country: USA, ITALY
Run Time: 89 minutes



Imagine if we could solve our problems as a community using theater by not simply watching a play, but by making one with our neighbors. By acting out our joys, fears, and frustrations with each other, we could find common ground and empathy. Through the process of writing, acting, and directing, we would form intimate bonds, learning what makes one another tick. In today’s partisan climate, such an idea sounds impossible. But for more than 50 years, the people in a small farming village in Italy have been doing just that. Turning their piazza into a stage each year, the citizens pour their hearts into this experiment—a badge of honor for a people who’ve endured poverty, illiteracy, and war. This is a town of survivors who bravely avoided being wiped out by the Nazis. As a younger generation emerges, though, interest in maintaining their tradition is waning. Competing with cell phones and tablets, the elders fight to keep the youth invested in their history. There’s a lot to be learned from SPETTACOLO, a subtle and beautiful documentary about simple people with an ingenious approach to problem solving. (In Italian with subtitles) —E.F.


CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, April 07, 2017 at 7:40 PM

Saturday, April 08, 2017 at 11:20 AM


Recommended for High School Students +

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen

Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen, Matt Radecki

Jeff Malmberg

Jeff Malmberg

Director Bio
Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen are documentary filmmakers from Los Angeles, California. They also run their own production company Open Face. Malmberg directed and Shellen produced "Marwencol," the winner of the Nesnadny + Schwartz Documentary Competition at the 34th CIFF.

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Great Lakes Theater

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La Gazzetta Italiana

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