The Clown (2011 film)

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The Clown
O Palhaco poster vert.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Selton Mello
Produced by Vânia Catani
Written by Selton Mello
Marcelo Vindicatto
Starring Selton Mello
Paulo José
Larissa Manoela
Giselle Motta
Music by Plínio Profeta
Bananeira Filmes
Distributed by Imagem Filmes
Release date
  • October 28, 2011 (2011-10-28)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese
Budget R$ 5 million[1]
Box office R$ 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 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 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]


  • Paulo José as Valdemar / Puro Sangue clown
  • Selton Mello as Benjamim / Pangaré clown
  • Larissa Manoela as Guilhermina
  • Giselle Motta as Lola
  • Teuda Bara as Dona Zaira
  • Álamo Facó as João Lorota
  • Cadu Fávero as Tony Lo Bianco
  • Erom Cordeiro as Robson Felix
  • Hossen Minussi as Chico Lorota
  • Maíra Chasseraux as Lara Lane
  • Thogun as Gordini
  • Bruna Chiaradia as Justine
  • Renato Macedo as Borrachinha
  • Tony Tonelada as Meio Quilo
  • Fabiana Karla as Tonha
  • Jorge Loredo as Nei
  • Jackson Antunes as Juca Bigode
  • Moacyr Franco as Delegado Justo
  • Tonico Pereira as Beto / Deto Papagaio


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]

  • Won: Best Director - Selton Mello
  • Won: Best Script - Selton Mello and Marcelo Vindicatto
  • Won: Best Supporting Actor - Moacyr Franco
  • Won: Best Costume Design - Kika Lopes

See also[edit]


  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

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