Balancing Act (Gli equilibristi)
Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute
Italy. Dir. Ivano De Matteo. 2012, 107 mins. Digital projection. U.S. premiere. With Valerio Mastandrea, Barbora Bobulova, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers. Following an impulsive extra-marital affair, Roman husband and father Giulio (comedian Valerio Mastandrea, in what Variety dubbed “a superlative, arguably career-best performance”) is unceremoniously thrown out of the house by his wife. So begins his humiliating free-fall into the societal gutter, rendered with unsparing, nigh-documentary realism. This keenly observed, sometimes painfully authentic portrait of tough times amid economic collapse is laced with brash Italianate humor.