Rialto

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OFFICIAL SECTION: FEATURE FILMS

Title: Rialto
Direction: Peter Mackie Burns
Cast: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Tom Glynn-Carney, Monica Dolan, Sophie Jo Wasson, Scott Graham
Production: Marcie Films Limited
Distribution: Le Bureau Films
Genre: Drama
Duration: 90’
Country: Ireland
Year: 2019

Festivals: Busan, Goteborg, London (BFI), Thessalonica, Venice

First showing in Spain

Colm, mid-40s, has a comfortable life: a managerial job in Dublin’s docks, two teenage children, and a kind, loyal wife in Claire. After the death of his father, a destructive figure, Colm’s emotional life cracks open, and his downward spiral continues when he is made redundant. Drinking heavily and unable to confide in Claire, Colm finds himself drawn to Jay, a 19-year-old who dabbles in prostitution. He finds a comfort in Jay that no one else can provide. Their sexual encounters and tentative friendship become Colm’s only solace – but this recklessness puts his family-life at risk. Rialto builds an intimate portrait of masculine crisis, illuminated by two extraordinary central performances, full of truth, tear and despair.

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