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Rainer Frimmel (Austria)

Rainer Frimmel (born in 1971 in Vienna) studied at Graphische Lehranstalt in Vienna, together with Tizza Covi and received scholarships in Rome, Paris and New York. In 2002, he and Covi founded the independent production company Vento Film. They received numerous awards for their documentaries That's All, Babooska, Notes from the Underworld.

Their first fiction film La Pivellina (2009) premiered at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes where it was awarded with the Europa Cinemas Label. The film was screened worldwide at over 170 film festivals, received over 30 awards and was Austria's official submission to the Foreign Oscar.

Their second feature film The shine of the day (2012) received the Silver Leopard for best actor in Locarno and the Max Ophüls Prize in Saarbrücken.

Their third feature film Mister Universo (2016) also premiered in Locarno where it received the Fipresci Award. Like all their films it was realised with non professional actors and it was shot on Super 16mm film.

Currently they are working on their new film project VERA.


  • Notes from the Underworld
  • Mister Universo
  • The shine of the day
  • La Pivellina
  • Babooska
  • That’s All
  • Aufzeichnungen aus dem Tiefparterre
  • Wien: 7 Szenen
  • Che bella é la vita
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