Centered around an extensive interview with Jose “Pepe” Mujica, the former President of Uruguay who gained notoriety on the world stage as a rare politician: one that lives according to the ideas and principles he preaches, Delicate Balance is a contemplative essay on the everyday reality of globalization.
Mujica’s ideas about modern society, where economic interests prevail over human values, are used to connect three stories: A Japanese salaryman in Tokyo, a sub-Saharan community trying to cross the borders into Europe, a family evicted from their own home in Spain. Three stories intertwined on three different continents.
The words of the President Mujica — a humble, soft-spoken figure who looks like a retired farm laborer rather than a retired politician — structure this clear-sighted documentary about the socio-economic mess we’re making of our world, but it also comes with suggestions from Mujica about how to change it for the better.
Ultimately, Delicate Balance is a proposal for change, from the particular to the general, that offers a powerful message of optimism for the future. This film is a reflection on the path that the human race is taking, on its habits and its relationship with the world.
Directed by: Guillermo García López
Awards & Nominations:
Goya Academy Award Winner: Best Documentary
Goya Academy Award Nomination: Best Original Song
Official Selection IDFA 2016, (Netherlands)
DOC España Award at Seminci (Valladolid International Film Festival): Best Documentary
Jury & Audience Awards at Cine Las Américas Film Festival 2017, Austin (Texas)
Platino Awards Nomination: Best Documentary
Audience Award Cinemambiente Torino 2017 (Italy)