“A work of manic perfection.”
Maurizio Porro, Corriere della Sera

“There is enormous artistry – as well as altogether mind-boggling logistical maneuvering – to be found in Marionette Macbeth, the hugely complex world-premiere production created by the Compagnia Marionettistica Carlo Colla e Figli of Milan, Italy,” Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times


Pulling the strings is the Collas’s family business. Founded in the early 1800s in Milan, Italy, Carlo Colla & Sons is one of the most respected puppet theater companies in the world. They have brought their shows (ambitious productions of revered classics such as Macbeth and Aida) on tour across the United States and around the world’s capitals of culture such as Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Saint Petersburg, Caracas, Seoul and Sidney: a global success rooted in the centuries-old tradition of the Colla family. Their shows look effortless, but it takes a whole lot of work to get them done. What happens in the backstage? This film documents the painstaking craftsmanship involved in the creation and maintenance of each marionette, reveals the secrets of puppet acting and shows the daily life of the little community that constitutes this unusual and exceptional theater company.