The Last Shepherd at the Slamdance Film Festival
by Camillo De Marco
- Marco Bonfanti’s documentary sold by New York-based Visit Films awaits its Italian release in March with the Luce Cinecittà Institute
A flock of sheep in the Duomo square in Milan. The news story spun the world, from the Washington Post to Argentina’s Liberal. The scene was the last from Marco Bonfanti’s debut film The Last Shepherd, the incredible story of Renato Zucchelli, the last nomad shepherd in a city conquered with the unique force of his imagination.
The world premiere of the documentary took place at the Tokyo International Film Festival where the film attracted a record audience turnout and regional news coverage described it as “the festival’s jewel.” Selected for the Dubai International Film Festival in the Cinema of the World section as the only Italian choice together with Bernardo Bertolucci’s Me and You, it was also presented in Turin this November.
The film is now arriving in the United States at the Slamdance Film Festival, which will run from tomorrow to January 24. The festival, dedicated to independent movies, will take place in Park City, Utah, in parallel to the Sundance Film Festival. It chose Marco Bonfanti’s film to enter the festival’s competition from a selection of over 5,000 other titles.
The Last Shepherd was bought by New York sales company Visit Films which will take care of its global distribution. Release in Italy will take place this coming March through the Luce Cinecittà Institute.
(Translated from Italian)