THE LAST CIRCUS has been receiving a lot of positive buzz on the film festival circuit, and t was acquired by Magnolia Pictures' Magnet Releasing. While it won't be released until next month, the first U.S. poster has been released. Check it out below.
The film, known in its native Spanish as BALADA TRISTE DA TROMPETA, is written and directed by Álex de la Iglesia. Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, Carolina Bang (below), Manuel Tallafé and Alejandro Tejerías star. It opens in limited theaters on August 19.
1937: Spain is in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War. A "Happy" circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a militia. Still in his costume, he is handed a machete and led into battle against National soldiers, where he single handedly massacres an entire platoon.
Fast forward to 1973, the tail end of the Franco regime. Javier, the son of the clown, dreams of following in his father's career footsteps, but has seen too much tragedy in his life - he's simply not funny and is only equipped to play the role of the Sad Clown. He finds work in a circus where he befriends an outlandish cast of characters, but as the Sad Clown he must take the abuse of the brutish Happy Clown Sergio, who humiliates Javier daily in the name of entertainment.
It is here that he meets Natalia, a gorgeous acrobat, and abused wife of Sergio. Javier falls deeply in love with Natalia and tries to rescue her from her cruel and violent husband, unleashing Sergio's jealousy. But Natalia is torn between her affection towards Javier, and her lust for Sergio.
With neither man willing to back down, this twisted love triangle evolves into a ferocious battle between Sad Clown and Happy Clown, escalating to unbelievable heights in this absurd, shocking, irreverent and unforgettable film.