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The Clown

(O Palhaço)
Brazil, 2011

Director: Selton Mello Producers: Vânia Catani, Carlos Eduardo Rodrigues Screenplay: Selton Mello, Marcelo Vindicato Cinematographer: Adrian Tejido Editors: Selton Mello, Marilia Moraes Sound: George Saldanha Original Music: Plínio Profeta Principal Cast: Paulo José, Selton Mello, Larissa Manoela, Giselle Motta, Teuda Bara

In this lighthearted and nostalgic tale, Valdemar and Benjamin are the fabulous father/son clown duo of Puro Sangue (Thoroughbred) and Pangaré (Mangy Horse). They make their living travelling the Brazilian countryside with the Circo Esperança (Hope Circus). They have no fixed address. Benjamin begins to grow tired of the road and worries he is no longer funny. With only his birth certificate in hand, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery to claim a life he has for so long only dreamed of knowing.

"A movie of inexhaustible visual inventiveness, gloriously precise comic timing, and dryly droll set-ups that ape Wes Anderson in all the best ways.  Actually, Selton Mello’s style could best be described as the result of some miraculous alchemy mixing Anderson, Jeunet, and Fellini." ~G Clark Finfrock, Film Misery

Valdemar e Benjamim, pai e filho, formam o fabuloso duo de palhaços Puro Sangue e Pangaré. Sem endereço fixo, ganham a vida viajando com o Circo esperança pelo interior do Brasil até que o cansaço da vida nômade ataca Benjamim, que começa a duvidar de sua própria graça. em Palhaço, um leve conto nostálgico, ele embarca em uma jornada de auto-descoberta, com nada mais que sua certidão de nascimento em mãos, rumo a uma vida que ele somente sonhara em conhecer.

7:00 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Selton Mello was born in Passos, Brazil in 1972. In addition to being an award-winning actor, he directed Feliz Natal which screened in many international film festivals. O Palhaço, his second feature film, won the São Paulo Association of Art Critics Award for Best Director, among 28 other international prizes. It was a box office hit in Brazil and was Brazil's Official Entry for "Best Foreign Language Film" for the 85th Academy Awards.