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Rimini

Directed by Ulrich Seidl
2022
Austria, France, Germany
114 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Michael Thomas is dynamite as washed up pop star Richie Bravo in a darkly comic drama from Ulrich Seidl (In the Basement, SFF 2015). In competition, Berlinale 2022.
Richie Bravo can just squeeze into the garish outfits he’s been wearing since the ’80s. During the Italian city of Rimini’s rainy off-season, Richie sings schmaltzy German schlager to tourists taking cut-price holidays in tatty hotels. To make ends meet he also has paid sex with ageing female fans. He’s not exactly the picture of a high class escort, but there’s something weirdly endearing about this guy who never stops performing. Everything changes when Richie’s confronted by Tessa, the adult daughter he hasn’t seen in 12 years. Tessa doesn’t want reconciliation. She wants lots of money to make up for everything she’s missed out on. Federico Fellini’s birthplace is the perfect setting for Seidl’s bittersweet tale of faded glory and family ties.
A chilling parable about the sins of the father becoming the punishments of the son, and about the moral arc of the universe bending.
Jessica Kiang, Variety
What gives Rimini its unifying comic vigour and pathos is the central performance by Michael Thomas.
Jonathan Romney, Screen International

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Thu 16 Jun
8:45pm
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 9
Past Event Cancel
Sat 18 Jun
8:15pm
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 3
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Features
Year
2022
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
Austria, France, Germany
Language
In German, English and Italian with English subtitles
Director
Ulrich Seidl
Producer
Ulrich Seidl, Philippe Bober, Michel Merkt
Cast
Michael Thomas, Georg Friedrich, Hans-Michael Rehberg
Screenwriter
Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
Cinematographer
Wolfgang Thaler
Editor
Mona Willi
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Music, Off-Beat, Cinephile
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Coproduction Office
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