The Last Shepherd
In this beautiful and touching documentary, Renato Zucchelli, the last shepherd in Lombardi, Italy, hopes to share the wonders of his work by parading his flock into nearby Milan.
May 22, 2013
|6:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival||Date has passed|
May 24, 2013
|4:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival||Date has passed|
High on a hill lives a lone shepherd (apologies to Rodgers & Hammerstein). Renato Zucchelli is the last man to tend sheep in the region of Lombardy, an area increasingly overrun by urban sprawl. Although blessed with family and friends, Renato has a dream: to introduce the children of Milan to the all-but-forgotten joys of his profession. With his comrade Piero in tow, Renato brings his flock to the center of the city, where the intersections and espresso stands lie wholly unprepared. Melding reality with flights of fancy, director Marco Bonfanti's film is an utterly charming concoction, with gorgeous scenery and a beautiful soundtrack providing the trimmings to this modern Don Quixote tale. Enchanting as the developing journey becomes, however, the irresistible main draw remains Zucchelli himself, a giant of a good-humored man whose ebullience spills over the borders of wherever his fairy tale mission takes him. Funny, touching, and ultimately thought-provoking, The Last Shepherd is a warmly endearing portrait of a man who conquers a city with nothing more than the power of imagination.
Marco Bonfanti was born in Milan, Italy in 1980. After graduating with a degree in Cultural Heritage Sciences, he directed his first short, The Words of Stockhausen, in 2008.
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|Running Time:||76 minutes|
|Producer:||Anna Godano, Franco Bocca Geisi, Marco Bonfanti|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|
|International Sales:||Visit Films|