March 13, 2017
Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen’s ‘Spettacolo’ is an elegiac testament to the power of art.
Of all the virtues of art, perhaps the least celebrated is its ability to provide catharsis. In his 2010 Spirit Award-winning documentary Marwencol, Jeff Malmberg told the story of a veteran who returned home only to suffer a brutal attack at a local bar. He processes the trauma of the assault, which left him with severe brain damage, by building a miniature fictional town in his backyard in which he enacts complex theatrical narratives. Malmberg is at SXSW 2017 with Spettacolo, another documentary that examines art’s therapeutic capacity. But this time, it’s not just one man—it’s an entire village.