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Mister Universo

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Director:
Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel
Certificate:
15
Year:
2016
Running Time:
90 mins
Premiere Status:
UK
Showing:
Please see the LIFF30 Guide & Catalogue PDFs for more details about this film or event that was part of the 30th Leeds International Film Festival, 3 - 17 November 2016.
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This gently melancholic paean to circus culture was one of our highlights of this year’s Locarno Film Festival. Returning to one of the subjects of Covi and Frimmel’s docudrama La Pivellina, a LIFF highlight from 2009, Mister Universo follows the travails of the twenty-year old Tairo Caroli: a boisterous but charming young lion-tamer who goes on a quest to replace his stolen good-luck amulet – a piece of iron bent by former Mr Universe Arthur Robin. Subtly engaging and original, Mr Universo adds to one the most underrated bodies of work in contemporary European cinema.

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