The Clown
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Theatrical poster
Directed bySelton Mello
Written bySelton Mello
Marcelo Vindicatto
Produced byVânia Catani
StarringSelton Mello
Paulo José
Larissa Manoela
Giselle Motta
Edited byMarília Moraes
Music byPlínio Profeta
Bananeira Filmes
Distributed byImagem Filmes
Release date
  • October 28, 2011 (2011-10-28)
Running time
90 minutes
BudgetR$ 5 million[1]
Box officeR$ 13,544,617[1]

The Clown (Portuguese: O Palhaço) is a 2011 Brazilian comedy-drama film. It is the second feature film directed by Selton Mello, who also stars as the protagonist.[2][3]

The film follows the story of the father and son Benjamin and Valdemar, who work as clowns Pangaré and Puro Sangue, running the country roads together with the Circus Hope troupe. The clown Benjamin, however, is in crisis. He thinks that he is not funny anymore.

The film was selected as the Brazilian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards.[4]


The film tells the story of Benjamin and Valdemar, father and son known as the clowns Pangaré and Puro Sangue. They make their living traveling the country with Circus Hope, without a fixed address, no neighbors, and no ID.[5]

The drama begins when Pangaré, tired of life on the road, feels that he is no longer a funny clown, awakening a lifelong dream of having a place to live and a social security number, proof of residence, and an identity card.[5]



The film was shot in March and April 2010; in the city of Paulinia, São Paulo, and some scenes in the district of Conceição do Ibitipoca, Lima Duarte, Minas Gerais.[2]

Director and star of O Palhaço, Selton Mello said in an interview that the film is "a mixture of Oscarito, Didi Mocó and Bye Bye Brazil." He said the production helped him to get rid of depression. Mello showed the script to actors Wagner Moura and Rodrigo Santoro, offering them the lead role, but the schedule prevented both from accepting the invitation.[2]


The film premiered on October 28, 2011 in 200 theaters throughout Brazil.[6] In the first three days of release the film grossed R$ 2 million, reaching the milestone of 1 million viewers in the third week of screening.[7]


São Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards[8]

4th Festival Paulínia de Cinema[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b O Palhaço (2011) - e-Pipoca
  2. ^ a b c O Palhaço : Curiosidades - AdoroCinema
  3. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 79. ISBN 978-1908215017.
  4. ^ Cajueiro, Marcelo (21 September 2012). "Brazil sends in 'Clown' to entertain Oscar". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  5. ^ a b O Palhaço filme - Trailer, sinopse e horários - Guia da Semana
  6. ^ Em 'O Palhaço', Selton Mello busca o grande público - Celebridades - Notícia -
  7. ^ O Palhaço, com Selton Melo, estreia em boa posição na bilheteria nacional | Cine Marcado
  8. ^ O Palhaço (2011) - Awards
  9. ^ O Palhaço ganha quatro prêmios no 4º Festival de Cinema de Paulínia - Notícias - Imagem Filmes