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The Great Mystical Circus
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PortugueseO Grande Circo Místico
Directed byCacá Diegues
Written byCacá Diegues
George Moura
Based on"The Great Mystical Circus"
by Jorge de Lima
Produced byLuís Galvão Teles
Renata Almeida Magalhães
StarringVincent Cassel
Bruna Linzmeyer
Jesuíta Barbosa
Mariana Ximenes
Catherine Mouchet
CinematographyGustavo Hadba
Edited byDaniel Garcia
Mair Tavares
Music byChico Buarque
Edu Lobo
Release dates
  • 12 May 2018 (2018-05-12) (Cannes)
  • 15 November 2018 (2018-11-15) (Brazil)
Running time
105 minutes
Box office$51,736[1]

The Great Mystical Circus (Portuguese: O Grande Circo Místico) is a 2018 Brazilian romantic drama film directed and written by Cacá Diegues, his first film in 12 years. It premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and was selected as the Brazilian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.[2][3]

It is based on a poem by Jorge de Lima and tells the story of a great love affair between an aristocrat and an acrobat and the saga of the Austrian family who owned the Circus Knieps, and their adventures around the world during the early 20th century.[citation needed]


The story of five generations of the same circus family, from the grand opening of the Great Mystical Circus in 1910 to the present day. Celavi, the master of ceremonies that never ages, shows the adventures and loves of the Knieps, from heyday to decadence.


See also


  1. ^ "The Great Mystical Circus". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  2. ^ ""O Grande Circo Místico" é escolhido para representar o Brasil na corrida ao Oscar". Entretenimento. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  3. ^ Mango, Agustin (18 September 2018). "Oscars: Brazil Selects 'The Great Mystical Circus' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 September 2018.