March 18 – 29
At Tower City
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Country: SLOVAKIA, LUXEMBOURG, CZECH REPUBLIC, FINLAND
Run Time: 120 minutes
Once a hugely popular clown trio, Oskar, Max, and Viktor are now living very different lives. The intense fight that ended their friendship has left them on bad terms for over 40 years. They may have been able to make audiences laugh then, but there's nothing funny about the things they are facing now in their old age. Max is battling colon cancer, Viktor's wife is losing a battle to Alzheimer's, and Oskar, who's never been the best dad, is trying to rescue his daughter from an abusive relationship. The good old days are gone indeed. Despite their situations, each one still tries to maintain a sense of humor. They look fondly on the days when they were slapstick superstars. However, when it comes to the issues that led to their career demise, they just can't seem to let their anger go. As they hesitantly agree to a reunion, they begin to find that the only way back to the top is through forgiveness. CLOWNWISE is a splendid tale of the comedy of life. (In Czech with subtitles) —E.F.
Viktor Taus is a filmmaker from Prague, Czechoslovakia. He studied film at FAMU International. Taus has directed a number of successful commercials for companies including Nestlé, GE Money Bank, and Unilever. In 2007 he co-founded the production company Fog 'n' Desire Films.
"Canary" (1999), "The Great Thaw" (2008), CLOWNWISE (2013)