Those with a high opinion of themselves spend their evenings at the Rossini restaurant. And they're all there: authors, directors, producers, actors, journalists... eating and drinking into the night. Beneath the façades, desires simmer. Time after time, the complicated relationships that connect everyone get in the way of director Uhu Zigeuner and producer Oskar Reiter's next big project. The screenplay to the best-selling novel "The Loreley" must be acquired, a film must be funded, and the cast for it must be found, but the frenzy of people's libidos causes some of the plans to evolve in a totally different direction.
With ROSSINI, Helmut Dietl made his favorite Munich restaurant, "Romagna Antica", an icon. Recreated in the smallest detail, the imitation on screen calls to mind numerous real filmmakers, such as Dietl himself, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Volker Schlöndorff, and Bernd Eichinger, who regularly frequented the original. Dietl's biting satire about filmmaking is a homage to both a lifestyle and to Schwabing's high society.
Meet the director
Helmut Dietl was born in Bad Wiessee in 1944. After studying theater and art history at the University of Munich, he became a unit manager for television and an assistant director at the Münchner Kammerspiele theater. His work on the television series MÜNCHNER GESCHICHTEN (1974–1975) and DER GANZ NORMALE WAHNSINN (1979) enabled him to break through. He is also known for MONACO FRANZE – DER EWIGE STENZ (1983) and KIR ROYAL (1986), which also deal with his favorite subject, life in Munich. His later works include SCHTONK! (1992), LATE SHOW (1999), and VOM SUCHEN UND FINDEN DER LIEBE (2005). Dietl died of lung cancer in 2015.