| || || |
|Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel
Austria, Italy 2016
In Italian with English subtitles
For all audiences
|A young Italian lion tamer goes in search of the hulking man who gave him a talisman years earlier in Mister Universo, the latest docu-fiction hybrid featuring Italian circus performers from Italo-Austrian filmmaking duo Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel. For audiences who have seen the directors' previous films - most notably The Shine of Day and La Pivellina - this will be an overly familiar affair in which the documentary aspects of the film again prove to be more interesting than the pair's shaky hold on their fictional overlay.
That said, newcomers to the universe of Covi and Frimmel, who not only helmed but between themselves again did everything from the sound to the camera and editing, might be able to overlook the jerry-rigged nature of the narrative and be touched by the authentic-feeling characters.
Boyd van Hoeij / The Hollywood Reporter
Director: Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel
Tizza Covi (born in 1971) and Rainer Frimmel (born in 1971) are a Italian-Austrian director duo who have worked together since 1996. Their debut La Pivellina (2009) was chosen as the Best European Film at Cannes and it was also Austria's nominee for the 2011 Oscars.
|Screenplay: Tizza Covi
Cast: Tairo Caroli, Wendy Weber, Arthur Robin
Production: Rainer Frimmel / Vento Film
Sales: Be for Films