69th Venice International Film Festival
Director: Alberto Barbera
Out of Competition
“How does one make theater real? It is so easy to fall into tragedy or comedy. What is important above all is to be on this strict razor edge of the tightrope...” For the very first time in 40 years, Peter Brook, one of the major directors of contemporary theater, has agreed to raise the curtain and allow his son Simon Brook to film behind the scenes and to reveal the secrets of his approach. This unique and personal film takes us beyond the intimacy of a workshop, into a philosophical experience, on a tightrope.
language: French, English - s/t English, Italian
Peter Brook, Yoshi Oida, Shantala Shivalingappa, Marcello Magni
When my father Peter Brook finally agreed to let me fi lm what goes on during his rehearsal period with his actors, I thought: “How can I show that magical intangible moment when theater becomes alive and interesting? And how to go about it in a way that is neither boring nor predictable, because there is nothing as deadly and stale as filmed theater?” The starting point was to create an environment where the actors and musicians taking part would feel safe. Safe to try things. Safe to take risks. Safe to fail. The next was to devise a hidden multi-camera setup that would allow us to be in the immediacy of the moment, bringing the viewer into the process, walking the tightrope with us.