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New Authors of Italian Cinema

Balancing Act (Gli Equilibristi)

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Thursday 12/5
8:30 pm
Ibrahim Theater
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dir. Ivano De Matteo, Italy, 2012, 105 min.

Giulio (Valerio Mastandrea) is forty years old and leads a seemingly quiet life. He has a house for rent, a steady job, a car purchased in installments, a rebellious but nice daughter (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers), a sweet and dreamer son (Lupo De Matteo), and a wife (Barbara Bobulova) who loves him and that he cheats on. When Giulio is caught out and dumped, his perfect life suddenly collapses. The film deals with what happens to a couple that in our days “dares” to separate. Through a series of sometimes tragic sometimes ironic events, Balancing Act takes us by the hand into the world of a man who suddenly discovers how easy it is to get on the verge of losing everything.

The 2013 edition of New Authors of Italian Cinema is presented by the Cinema Studies Program and the Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia, N.I.C.E. New Italian Cinema Events, and International House Philadelphia. This four-day festival has been curated by Nicola M. Gentili (Penn, Cinema Studies) and aims at promoting new Italian Cinema abroad. Recently released feature films directed in the past two years by Italy’s most promising filmmakers will be presented and discussed by our Penn’s Italian Ph.D. students. The final remarks will be addressed by Stefania Benini, Professor of Italian Cinema at the University of Pennsylvania.