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Piccolo Fratello: Seidl’s Wicked Games Project Spawned “Rimini” and then… “Sparta”

Piccolo Fratello: Seidl’s Wicked Games Project Spawned “Rimini” and then… “Sparta”

Minutes before Ulrich Seidl‘s is set to premiere his long-awaited feature, we now learn that there is a companion film that is in the can and to possibly look forward to (we predict as early as Cannes this year). When the comp line-up was unveiled we learned that Wicked Games (a project that shot between April of 2017 to May of 2018) was now being called Rimini and now we learn that perhaps the long delay might in fact been due to there being more film item in the oven.

Variety reports that Sparta is next in line – essentially each feature focuses on separately on two adult brothers. Rimini focuses on the character of Richie Bravo played by Michael Thomas, while this second film (which Seidl just completed) would focus on Georg Friedrich’s character of Ewald. While now specific synopsis as been revealed, the Austrian filmmaker says that “both protagonists are caught up by their past.”

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include 1976 (Manuela Martelli), Godland (Hlynur Pálmason), Corsage (Marie Kreutzer), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen).

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