70th Venice International Film Festival
Director: Alberto Barbera
Biennale College - Cinema
Yuri Esposito is a 40-year-old man who lives in a state of perpetual slowness that he keeps under control by taking a daily vaccine which makes him move at a fifth of the speed of normal people. Without the vaccine, discovered by Vittorio, the father of his wife Lucia, he would slow down to the point of complete immobility. Notwithstanding this “syndrome,” he leads a happy life: he has a wife who loves him, an excellent job as a restorer and a great passion for the discipline of static apnea. Lucia tells Yuri she is pregnant. Yuri, believing himself incapable of being a good father, decides to try an experimental treatment to change his condition: to speed him up. For this he puts himself in the hands of Vittorio who, brushing up his knowledge, succeeds in finding a cure, turning him into a “normal” person. But the treatment fails. Yuri is unable to come to terms with this. Seized with anguish decides, he doesn’t want to become a father. Lucia, distraught, leaves. Yuri now is alone and slow and he understands that, to be happy and overcome his fears, he just has to learn to accept himself. So he tapes a message on a recorder that he leaves in front of the door of Vittorio’s house. Lucia finds the recorder and listens to the message. Several months later, Lucia and Yuri are in the water with their baby. Happy.
language: Italian - s/t English
Matteo Lanfranchi, Beatrice Cevolani, Claudio Morganti, Max Speziani, Michele Di Mauro, Tommaso Banfi
Yuri Esposito is a modern fable that brings us face to face with our limitations and with the fear of not being able to cope with what life has in store for us: acceptance of ourselves is the most important way of being happy. It is a reflection on time, a journey that overturns the schemes of contemporary society, so rooted in a frantic pace of life. I’ve always imagined Yuri’s world as a perfect world, a “proper” and refined world: I’ve tried to convey the fascination of his movements and his life, so beautiful but so different from our own. It’s an aesthetic that changes with him, his elegance is transformed into a more fragmented point of view precisely in the way in which his life changes.