36th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 25-29, 2023

Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams

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In the early 20th century, a young, impoverished Italian cobbler sailed from Naples to the United States to build a better life. Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams tells the humble origins of the famed shoemaker Salvatore Ferragmo, tracing his journey from his childhood in Bonito, to his days as an apprentice shoemaker in Naples, his experience as an owner of the Hollywood Boot Shop in Santa Barbara, California, and his return to Italy, where he founded his namesake luxury shoe brand in Florence.

Narrated by Michael Stuhlbarg with commentary from Martin Scorsese and Christian Louboutin, this documentary chronicles Ferragamo’s life story, including exclusive images and stories from the members of the Ferragamo family and tales of his lasting impression not only on Hollywood but on the entire fashion world.
Introduction by Harry Chotiner (VAFF)


Sunday, November 6


5:00 PM


Violet Crown 6 & 7

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Film Info

Director: Luca Guadagnino

Runtime: 110 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2020

Country: Italy

Language: English, Italian

Featuring: Michael Stuhlbarg, Martin Scorsese

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