27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
director: Ulrich Seidl
original title: Rimini
running time: 114 min.
synopsisRichie Bravo, once a successful pop star, travels from Italy to Lower Austria to bid a final farewell to his late mother and his family home together with his younger brother and his father, who lives in a retirement home. He then returns to Rimini, where he is a charismatic and passionate gigolo, entertaining elderly ladies and groups of pensioners with his touching songs in dingy hotels. Suddenly his daughter comes to see him and demands money, which Richie doesn’t have. With exceptional empathy, Ulrich Seidl has made a bittersweet portrait of a groping, lonely man trying to start a new life, but it might already be too late.
“RIMINI is about the search for happiness and the attempt to leave the past behind. But it catches up with you, that is the bitter or liberating truth that the protagonists finally have to face. It is about the longing for love, sexual bartering and the loneliness that remains.” — Ulrich Seidl
biographyAustrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl (* 1952) creates personal, highly authentic portraits of lonely people by fusing documentary elements and visual stylization, raising questions about the ethics of the film medium. His films Losses Is To Be Expected (1992), Animal Love (1995), and Import/Export (2007) were shown at the 2008 Ji.hlava IDFF with the director in attendance.
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|cast:||Michael Thomas, Tessa Göttlicher, Hans-Michael Rehberg|
|script:||Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz|