Directors Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel have dedicated their latest film to “everyone who has lost his job owing to the digitisation of cinema.” This has nothing – and also everything – to do with the film’s story, which is about dissatisfied lion tamer Tairo who takes the loss of his talisman – a horseshoe – as a reason to set off on a journey through a drab, grey Italy. Here too, we see how ‘progress’ is having devastating consequences all over.
Tairo is caught up in an economic system that is pushing him to the margins. Superstition gives him hope of escaping this. He travels a rainy Italy looking for Arthur Robin, the former Mister Universe who once formed the horseshoe he has lost. Along the way, he meets old friends and members of his family, who show us a cross-section of a subculture surviving on the cusp of poverty. The result is a highly humane portrait of the circus life Covi and Frimmel have been involved with in the past, with real circus artists playing fictionalised versions of themselves. Prefer to watch the film online? Check live.IFFR.com

Filmmaker
Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel
Country
Austria, Italy
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
90’
Language
Italian
Producer
Rainer Frimmel
Production Company
Vento Film
Sales
Be For Films
Writer
Tizza Covi
Cinematography
Rainer Frimmel
Editor
Tizza Covi
Cast
Tairo Caroli, Wendy Weber, Arthur Robin, Lilly Robin
Website
https://www.facebook.com/misteruniversofilm/?fref=ts