[:en]An intimate look at the lives of circus performers from the Cirque Du Soleil.
Director Horacio Alcalá follows eight different acrobats from all over the world, intercutting interviews with artfully staged footage of his subjects performing breathtaking feats with poise and grace. Alcalá, who has been involved with the circus arts for seven years, including with Cirque du Soleil, travelled to 11 different countries over the course of five years to capture these stories.
He finds a new reality where aspiring circus performers can learn their craft in specialized schools rather than through family apprenticeships. The trapeze becomes a metaphor for life ambitions, given contrast and poignancy by the ever-present risk of a fall.
[:it]L’arte millenaria del circo, ma anche lo sforzo che talvolta sembra disumano dei giovani che si accingono a farne il proprio mestiere: 8 storie che attraversano il mondo e 11 differenti paesi, dalla Palestina a Grugliasco (Torino), sede del Circo Vertigo, punto di riferimento italiano per l’arte circense, a Bruxelles, sede del celeberrimo Cirque du Soleil.