69th Venice International Film Festival
Director: Alberto Barbera
Out of Competition
The film is a warm, funny and life-affirming story about how, just when you think it’s all over, it just might be about to begin. With warmth, affection and confidence, Susanne Bier has shaken a cocktail of love, absurdity, humor, raucous dialog and delicately drawn characters that will leave no heart untouched. Two very different families meet in a beautiful, old Italian villa, in the middle of a lemon grove. The occasion is a romantic wedding, meticulously planned to the smallest detail. Of course, nothing goes according to plan and yet everything works out in the end. Den skaldede frisør is a liberatingly different comedy, which will inspire hope in anyone with their heart in the right place.
language: Danish, English, Italian - s/t English, Italian
Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Sebastian Jessen, Molly Blixt Egelind
I wanted to make a film about vulnerable people; about the things in life we’d rather suppress but, if depicted with humour, might lift our spirits. In Ida and Philip we found main characters whose vulnerability carried both the weight of the subject matter and the lightness of a humorous touch. We transported them to the most romantic place imaginable, alongside a host of comedic characters. We used humour and romance as means, not of softening their hardship, but of demarcating it more clearly, to allow the contrasting universes to emphasize each other. That way we could portray each of our characters, in all their fortune and misfortune, with the precision and tenderness they deserve.