Get ready to meet a woman who is going to teach you a thing or two about optimism. In “Queen Mimi,” we meet Marie “Mimi” Haist, a woman who chose life on the streets over a life being stuck with her cheating husband. The film tells the story of how an already battered soul struggled to find shelter in California until she was eventually taken in by the owner of a laundromat. One year soon turned into twenty, and Mimi’s life eventually became populated by a motley crew of new friends, including some very recognizable Hollywood stars.
The film’s official synopsis reads: “When you feel like a queen, even a laundromat can be a palace. Marie ‘Mimi’ Haist defied her adulterous husband and moved onto the streets in her 50s, living in parking lots and doorways until finding her ‘home’ one stormy night between rows of washers in a Californian laundromat. Encouraged to stay by a more than generous laundry owner, Mimi’s ‘the past is the past’ philosophy endeared her to regular fluff and fold clients and, after more than 20 years, Mimi has made some unlikely friends, ranging from local loves to Hollywood A-listers Zach Galifianakis and Renee Zellweger. Filmed over 5 years by barista/actor/director Yaniv Rokah while he worked at a cafe across the street, Queen Mimi is the story of an unlikely hero. Now 90, Mimi reminds us to never give in and never give up, and that if you ever find yourself in the gutter, to never stop looking at the stars.”
Rokah’s “Queen Mimi” hits theaters on April 15. Watch our exclusive new trailer for “Queen Mimi” above.