The Clown
Filmfest 2009

THE CLOWN is a brave and uncompromising film about a Frenchman who decides to leave the security and safety of Paris to help strung-out, homeless street kids in Romania. The children in question are sleeping in abandoned sewers, emerging every day to ply their trade. Some prostitute themselves to earn money and use drugs to dull the boredom, remaining deeply mistrustful of outsiders. Attaching himself to an NGO but working as an independent operator, Miloud decides to gain their trust through unconventional means. Trained as a clown, he first gets their attention through the simple device of magic. When this opens the door, he challenges the children to participate in increasingly intricate games, and then attempts to socialize them. Gradually, he makes inroads and apparent progress. But Miloud soon learns that even good intentions are open to misinterpretation... Pontecorvo uses a cast of nonprofessionals. All of the children come from the streets, and the power of the film lies in its documentary roots.

tags: Feature film

Cast: Jalil Lespert, Evita Ciri, Gabriel Rauta, Patrice Juiff, Bruno Abraham Kremer


Director: Marco Pontecorvo