Bennie Gaza is the owner of Cabaret Maxime, a nightclub in an old
red-light district, where a group of colorful performers create musical
acts, burlesque numbers and strip tease. Bennie runs the cabaret like a
tight family, dealing with each artist’s unique personality and taking
care of his performer wife Stella who suffers from manic depression.
When the once decadent neighborhood starts to become gentrified, Bennie
struggles to keep his club afloat. As the residents are being bought up
and forced out, Benny is violently threatened when he refuses to sell out.
The pressure builds to a dramatic climax as Benny is forced to take a stand
against the powers that be.
95 minutes. 35mm/5.1. Portugal-USA 2018
Michael Imperioli, Ana Padrão, John Ventimiglia, David Proval, Nick Sandow, Mike Starr, Drena De Niro, Manuel João Vieira, Sharon Angela, Suzie Peterson, John Frey, Selma Uamusse, Arthur Nascarella, Celeste Rodrigues, Tony Brum, Anthony Siciliano, Meital Dohan, Leandro De Niro Rodriguez.
Directed by Bruno de Almeida
Written by Bruno de Almeida, John Frey
Produced by Bruno de Almeida, Jason Kliot, Michael Imperioli
Director of Photography Lisa Rinzler
Production Designer João Torres
Costume Designers Miss Suzie, Silvia Grabowski
Editing Bruno de Almeida, Pedro Ribeiro
Musical Director Manuel João Vieira
Sound Pedro Melo, Miguel Martins
Produced by BA Filmes
in association with Open City Films, Archangela Productions