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The Villains (U*) + ScreenTalk 

Eat The Screen

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Meet four Italian holdouts against commercial farming and the homogenization of food culture – all “villains” in the eyes of corporate agribusiness and EU lawmakers. 

Salvatore farms his market garden organically and is reviving an ancient local wheat variety. Luigina sells fresh vegetables and preserves at a local farmers’ market. Modesto runs his dairy farm on traditional lines, milking his small herd by hand, and making his own ricotta and caciocavallo cheeses. The Galasso brothers, from a long line of fishermen, farm mussels off the coast of Puglia.  

All find inspiration in the traditional practices of previous generations and see themselves as upholding a kind of excellence in food that falls outside, or is threatened by, the EU’s many laws and food quality schemes. At stake, ultimately, is Italian cooking itself, as it has come down to us: will it survive, or disappear?  

Followed by a discussion with director Daniele De Michele hosted by Nicola Gallani, International Manager, BFI.

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Italy 2018 Dir Daniele De Michele 74 min digital 

With thanks to the support of the Italian Cultural Institute.

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