69th Venice International Film Festival
Director: Alberto Barbera
Giulio is forty and lives a seemingly quiet life: a rented house, a permanent job, a car paid for by instalments, a rebellious but nice daughter, a sweet dreamy son and a wife he loves and cheats on. Giulio is caught out and dumped. His perfect life suddenly falls apart. So what happens to a couple that “dares” to separate these days? Through a series of sometimes tragic, sometimes ironic events, Gli equilibristi takes us by the hand into the world of a man who suddenly discovers how easy it is to be one step away from losing everything.
language: Italian - s/t English
Valerio Mastandrea, Barbora Bobulova
I wanted to make this fi lm because it’s the story of lots of people—too many, in fact. It’s about men who want to lead a simple life with dignity but they don’t know how to walk the line. Just a breath of air could make them fall. The worst thing is that these men don’t have anyone to lean on. Suddenly emptiness is all around them. Our society does not have money to spend on the ones who fall behind, who do not manage to keep up. But we are all tightrope walkers. All it takes is a gust of wind... and then there is emptiness.