Red band trailer for Álex de la Iglesia’s insane and awesome THE LAST CIRCUS

Damon Swindall

by: Damon Swindall
June 17th, 2011


Not many have had the chance to see the latest flick from Álex de la Iglesia (ACCIÓN MUTANTE, THE DAY OF THE BEAST) about a circus clown in a very tumultuous time of Spain's history. Up until now THE LAST CIRCUS has only been hitting the festival circuit, in the U.S. anyway, and this country is in for a twisted treat they never knew they were missing. I have been lucky enough to see this film twice so far at different festivals (read my review here) and cannot wait to see it again when it begins it's limited American release starting on August 12!

To celebrate, Magnolia Pictures has released a lovely red band trailer online and we have it here for your viewing pleasure. After watching, be sure to keep an eye on the film's official website and like them on their Facebook page to keep up to date on any new screenings in your area.

You will want to see this. Trust me.

Official synopsis:

"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. This absurd and disturbing scenario raises the curtain on a twisted tale of love, revenge, and psychopathic clowns that could only spring from the mind of filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia.

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."

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