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
In English


CABARET MAXIME opens theatrically at the Metrograph in New York City on February 21st ahead of a North American multi-platform rollout on March 3rd.
2020. US Distribution by Giant Pictures


Best Feature Film - SPA Authors Awards 2019
Best Actress Ana Padrão - SPA Authors Awards 2019
Grand Prix Best Feature - Caminhos do Cinema Português 2018
Best Director Bruno de Almeida - Caminhos do Cinema Português 2018
Best Supporting Actor John Ventimiglia - Caminhos do Cinema Português 2018
Best Production Design João Torres - Caminhos do Cinema Português 2018
Best Original Music Manuel João Vieira - Caminhos do Cinema Português 2018
Best Production Design João Torres - CinEuphoria Awards 2019
Best Original Music Manuel João Vieira - Sophia Awards 2019


"Cabaret Maxime: Reality Stripped Bare" by Frank Coelho 12.3.19


PRESS QUOTES (in English)
Quotes from European reviews


PRESS ARTICLES (in Portuguese)
"Quando os sítios acabam fica a alma" Vasco Câmara, Público 05.30.18
"O Elogio da Decadência" Manuel Halpern, Jornal Letras Artes e Ideias 05.23.18
"Cabaret Maxime" Aldomino Silveira, CA Notícias, 04.24.18
"Cabaret Familiar de Imperioli e Ventimiglia" Rodrigo Nogueira, Público 05.30.18
"Noites Passadas" Manuel Hapern, Visão, 05.31.18
"Nostalgia em 35mm" João Lopes, Diário de Notícias, 05.30.18
"Cabaret Maxime" Sérgio Alves, Metropolis, 04.18
"O Mundo da noite na cidade imaginária" Jorge Leitão Ramos, Expresso 06.02.18
"Entrevista a Michael Imperioli" Fábio Martins, MAGG, 05.28.18
"No Bairro Alto" Rui Tendinha, DN, 05.31.18
"Entrevista Michael Imperioli" Ricardo Farinha, NIT, 05.29.18
"Cabaret Maxime" Rafaela Andrade, Playboy Portugal, 05.30.18
"Sintra, Infinite Journey" João MacDonald, UP Magazine, 11.01.18


DVD (Portugal only)


(Distributor: NOS Audiovisuais)
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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

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
with the support of Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual,  RTP
and Câmara Municipal de Lisboa
Official sponsors TAP Air Portugal and Hotel Tivoli




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Maio 7, 2018