In production / Italy, USA

“Mister Wonderland” recounts the remarkable story of Sylvester Z. Poli, a humble artisan who emigrated from Italy to America at the end of the 19th century — only to become the greatest theater impresario of his time. The film chronicles his journey from rural Tuscany to the bright lights of the Roaring Twenties, revealing how a migrant’s ingenuity shaped the movie-going experience as we know it. Crossing continents and generations, “Mister Wonderland” sets out to find what remains today of Sylvester’s theaters and the communities they used to serve.


Grant winner 2017 – APQ Sensi Contemporanei Toscana per il Cinema

IFP Fiscal Sponsorship Program 2018


Directed by Valerio Ciriaci

Written by Valerio Ciriaci and Luca Peretti

Produced by Isaak Liptzin

Producers: Maurizio Bernardi, Cristina Bernardi

Executive Producer: Nicola Borrelli

Co-produced by: Awen Films, Infinity Blue, Fondazione Cresci

In collaboration with Lucca Film Festival & Europa Cinema


Cinematography: Isaak Liptzin, Valerio Ciriaci

Editing: Andrea Fumagalli

Original Score: Francesco Venturi

Animation: Avansguardi


Italian Cultural Institute, New York

Calandra Italian-American Institute (Queens College)

Fondazione Sistema Toscana

Provincia di Lucca

Comune di Coreglia Antelminelli

Fondazione Paolo Cresci

Associazione Lucchesi nel Mondo