When I first read the story of Maurizio Paganelli, Andrea Riceputi and Enrico Boschi, I realized it was one that would resonate with audiences today. When an individualistic society gets to the point that it seems to have no time to lend a hand to a person in need, that's when it's time to stop, take a step back, and think things over. […] Like the rest of the world, Italy pretends it knows nothing about the Rumanian government today, or its past. Using the film medium, that history can be retraced in the eyes of three young Italians, and becomes universal: a metaphor for how little it takes to change one's point of view. It's a window on the ironic fact that what we take for granted every day is nothing more, for most of the world's population, than a magnificent spread just glimpsed from the back row - on tiptoe.
Antonio Pisu took up acting in 2002. Two years later, he landed his first role in Come prima, a medium-length film by Mirko Locatelli, and then starting racking up acting credits in film, television and on the stage. In 2014 he created and starred in the TV series Low Budget. In 2016, with Paolo Rossi Pisu, he co-founded the production company Genoma Films, for which he directed his first film, Nobili bugie, the following year, to critical acclaim. Est is his second feature film.