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Czech Republic | 2014 | 120 minutes | Viktor Tauš

After thirty years, retired clown Oskar returns to his hometown of Prague and reunites with the other two-thirds of his estranged clowning trio for a final show. Clownwise offers a darkly comic look at taking chances late in life and having the last laugh. Actress Eva Jenickova in attendance.

May 16, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Actress Eva Jenickova scheduled to attend

May 17, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 23, 2014
Lincoln Square Cinemas  
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If you’re looking for a film about the art of clownery, you are looking in the wrong place. While clowning can be a surprisingly noble art, you’ll find that Clownwise dives much deeper than pieing someone in the face or making balloon animals. Oskar (Didier Flamand) is a famous, and now retiring, clown who returns home to Prague after immigrating to France 30 years ago. This event inspires a student of comedy to write his thesis about Oskar and his two former partners, Max (Oldrich Kaiser) and Viktor (Jirí Lábus). With death looming on the horizon, these three aging clowns will attempt to reconcile their differences and rediscover past relationships. Viktor Tauš’ Clownwise delivers a subtly hilarious outlook on some deeply grave subjects. The film shows an honest portrayal of people dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and death, but also never blocks out the lighter side of life. The film wants us to know that despite what is inevitable to us all, we have to find a way to laugh.

Director Biography

While still enrolled as a student of FAMU, the Prague film school, Victor Taus directed his first feature film My Detox to high critical acclaim. He then spent a number of years working as one of the most succesful directors of comercials in the country, shooting over 70 ads for such prestigious clients as Renault, Vodafone, 02, and Nestle. In 2007, he co-founded the production company Fog’n’Desire with partner Michal Kollar. In 2010, his second feature, The Great Thaw, was released, reaching 650,000 admissions in the Czech Republic alone.

Sponsored by Eurochannel

Director: Viktor Tauš
Principal Cast: Didier Flamand, Oldrich Kaiser, Jirí Lábus, Kati Outinen, Eva Jenickova
Country: Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Slovak Republic, Finland
Year: 2014
Running Time: 120 minutes
Producer: Michal Kollar, Donato Rotunno, Jouko Seppala, Viktor Tauš
Screenplay: Petr Jarchovsky
Cinematographers: Milan Chadima
Editors: Alois Fišarek
Music: Petr Ostrouchov
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Czech Lions 2014 (Best Supporting Actor)
Filmography: The Great Thaw (2010); My Detox (1999)
Language: Czech, French
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Latido Films
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