Opening Night Film: GFF On Demand
Only available on GFF On Demand, July 12-13

dir. Michael Dweck / Gregory Kershaw
2020 | Italy / United States / Greece | 84 min
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Deep in the forests of Northern Italy resides the prized white Alba truffle. Desired by the wealthiest patrons in the world, it remains a pungent but rarified mystery. It cannot be cultivated or found, even by the most resourceful of modern excavators. The only souls on Earth who know how to dig it up are a tiny circle of canines and their silver-haired human companions—Italian elders with walking sticks and devilish senses of humor—who only scour for the truffle at night so as not to leave any clues for others. Still, this small enclave of hunters induces a feverish buying market that spans the globe. With unprecedented access to the elusive truffle hunters, filmmakers Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw (The Last Race, 2018 Sundance Film Festival) follow this maddening cycle from the forest floor to the pristine restaurant plate. With a wily and absurdist flare, The Truffle Hunters captures a precarious ritual constantly threatened by greed and outside influences but still somehow protected by those clever, tight-lipped few who know how to unearth the magic within nature.

Opening Night Film : GFF Live Stream
FRIENDLY MANITOBA: MB150 Commissioned Films
Monday, July 12, 2021, 7pm on GFF Homepage

GFF is proud to present the first-ever collection of short films commissioned by the Gimli Film Festival, in celebration and reflection of MB150. Eleven short films by local filmmakers were commissioned by GFF in late 2019, with the support of MB150the Canada Council for the Artsthe Thomas Sill Foundation and the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba. The films were initially destined to screen as part of the 20th annual GFF in 2020. But fate had other plans…

FRIENDLY MANITOBA presents a diverse and eclectic vision of Manitoba’s collective self-consciousness, as told by a motley crew of Manitoba’s finest. Who will complete their films to premiere at this year’s Gimli Film Festival? Well you’ll have to tune in to find out, because WE don’t even know at this point.

The completed films will kick-off the 21st annual Gimli Film Festival via free live stream on GFF’s Homepage on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 7pm. The films will also be available to Passholders and Individual Ticket Buyers on GFF On Demand for the entire duration of the Festival, July 12-25.