About this film

Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, 70 or 80 years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle — which to date has resisted modern science’s efforts at cultivation. They’re guided by a secret culture and training passed down through generations, as well as by the noses of their cherished and expertly trained dogs. They live a simpler, slower way of life, in harmony with their loyal animals and their picture-perfect land, seemingly straight out of a fairy tale.

The demand for white truffles increases year after year, even as the supply decreases. As a result of climate change, deforestation, and the lack of young people taking up the mantle, the truffle hunters’ secrets are more coveted than ever. However, as it soon becomes clear, these ageing men may just hold something much more valuable than even this prized delicacy: the secret to a rich and meaningful life.

With the film: This film is being presented in collaboration with Frame as a Dinner and a Movie experience. It will include a luxe truffle dinner with Old World Truffles by Chef Joseph VanWagner. All the menu details are below the trailer on this page.

“The Truffle Hunters” Dinner by Chef Joseph VanWagner

(( Amuse ))
Marsala Gel, Diced Perigord Truffle, Roasted King Trumpet,
Truffle Sabayon, Banyuls Wine Vinegar, Shaved Summer Truffle

(( 1 ))
Beef Tartare
Chive, Roasted Onion, Roasted Mushroom, Caper, Truffle Emulsion

(( 2 ))
Sunchoke Puree, Morel Mushroom, Sunchoke Chip,
Summer Truffle Coin, Parmesan-Perigord Truffle Foam

(( 3 ))
Lamb Saddle
Bone Marrow Perigord Truffle Sauce, Truffle Emulsion,
Roasted Maitake Cluster, Parsley Puree, Tempura Ramp

(( Pre Dessert ))
Paw Paw IC, Truffle Salt

(( 4 ))
Truffle Meuille Fuile
Caramelized White Chocolate, Roasted Walnut, Whey Caramel, Shaved Truffle


5:30 p.m. Sat., April 13, Frame

($125 plus taxes and fees, includes dinner)

Not available virtually


Michael Dweck,
Gregory Kershaw

Michael Dweck,
Fabio Ferraro,
Gregory Kershaw



Michael Dweck,
Gregory Kershaw

Charlotte Munch Bengtsen

Ed Côrtes

Executive producer:

Running time:
1 hour, 24 minutes

Country of origin:
Mostly Italian, with English subtitles


Film website

Festival history:
Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival