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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMikkel Nørgaard
Produced byLouise Vesth
Written by
  • Frank Hvam
  • Casper Christensen
Music byKristen Eidnes Andersen
CinematographyJacob Banke Olesen
Edited byMorten Egholm
Distributed byNordisk Film
Release date
  • 16 December 2010 (2010-12-16)
Running time
93 minutes[1]
Box office$12.4 million[2]

Klown (Danish: Klovn - The Movie) is a 2010 Danish comedy film directed by Mikkel Nørgaard, and written by and starring Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen. It was developed from the successful Danish television series of the same name, in which Hvam and Christensen play fictionalized versions of themselves.

The film was released on December 16, 2010, to mostly positive response.



Klown premiered in Denmark on 16 December 2010 and managed, during the two remaining weeks of December, to become the most watched Danish film of 2010.

By February 2011, the film had sold 848,500 total tickets in a nation with a population of 5.5 million, a figure comparable to the comedy films of Susanne Bier and Lone Scherfig ten years earlier.

The movie had its North American premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal in July 2011, where it won the Cheval Noir award.[3] The film was also shown in the United States at the Fantastic Fest where it won as best picture and best screenplay in the Gutbuster comedy feature category.[4]

In the autumn of 2011, it was sold for distribution in the United States to Drafthouse Films and 27 July 2012 it was given a limited North American release in Los Angeles, New York City and Austin as well as being available through video on demand services. The following weeks it expanded to several other theaters throughout the US.


Critical reception[edit]

The comedy is based on "uncomfortable" humor featuring self-satire and humorous treatment of taboos. Reviews would often compare it to The Hangover and Curb Your Enthusiasm.[5]


Award Category Recipient Result
Bodil Awards Best Danish Film Nominated
Fantasia International Film Festival Best Feature Cheval Noir Won
Fantastic Fest Gutbuster Comedy Feature - Best Picture Won
Gutbuster Comedy Feature - Best Screenplay Casper Christensen
Frank Hvam
Oldenburg International Film Festival German Independence Award - Audience Award Nominated
Robert Awards Audience Award Won
Zulu Awards Best Film Won
Best Actor Frank Hvam Won
Casper Christensen Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Marcuz Jess Petersen Won


A sequel, titled Klown Forever, was released in Denmark in 2015 and is due for release in the United States in late 2016.

The first trailer was shown in front of Sausage Party screenings at Alamo Drafthouse theatres.

American adaptation[edit]

Warner Bros. has bought the rights to remake Klown with Todd Phillips named as a possible director with Danny McBride to star.[6] On 3 November 2016, it was announced that Sacha Baron Cohen would headline the remake.[7]


  1. ^ "Klown The Movie (18)". British Board of Film Classification. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Klown (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  3. ^ Etan Vlessing (7 August 2011). "'Attack the Block' Takes Fantasia Audience Award". The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. ^ Fantastic Fest 2011 Award Winners Include Horror Hit ‘You’re Next’ And Charming ‘A Boy And His Samurai’
  5. ^ The Hangover: The New York Times, [1]. Curb your enthusiasm: [2]
  6. ^ Hot Trailer: ‘Klown’
  7. ^ "Sacha Baron Cohen to Star in Klown Remake". ComingSoon.net. CraveOnline. 3 November 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016.

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