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Clown wins Best Comedy

Clown has won the prize for Best Comedy at the largest and most acknowledged genre film festival in the States, Fantastic Fest in Austin.

In a territory where the comedy genre stands strong and fiercely competitive, the Danish Clown by Mikkel Nørgaard has proved quite a successful track record so far on the North American market after also having won the top prize Cheval Noir at one of the world's most prestigious genre film festivals in the world, Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, where Clown was screened before Austin, celebrating its World Premiere in July this year.

TrustNordisk reports of great interest from buyers and international film critics applaud the high entertainment value:

"Creator and co-stars Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam deliver a top-flight adaptation of a TV comedy in nutty, ribald "Clown the Movie," which centers on mild-mannered Frank (Hvam) trying to prove his worth as a dad on a weekend romp that randy pal Casper (Christensen) wants to turn into a sex spree. (....) Hvam's starched, nerdy visage portrays so much internalized pressure that his character seems capable of an emotional blowout at any moment, and the key to making "clown" Frank viable as a character is that this pressure compels him to make awful decisions with the best intentions. Christensen is a perfect engine to make these choices roll down the track toward an inevitable crash, resulting in some truly inspired set-pieces."

"This is gutter comedy elevated to the level of high art, a laugh-till-it-hurts comedy of transgression and moral degradation played out in front of – and often involving – an eleven year old boy. A movie this wrong has seldom been this funny."
Todd Brown

"The film jauntily breaks down the barriers of good taste and propriety all in the name of a laugh. Is it successful? Absolutely! 'Clown' is one of the funniest deadpan comedies I've seen in a long time. The key is that the film is played absolutely straight, and it never stretches the bounds of credulity beyond their breaking point. This slice of life comedy is crude, inappropriate, disgusting, and ridiculously funny."

Domestically 'Clown' has broke most records. Opening weekend was the biggest in Danish film history, nearly one fifth of Denmark's population has seen the film since its premiere in December 2011, cashing in around $12 millions in B.O. and DVD sales went no. 1, beating titles such as Disney's 'Tangled' and 'Harry Potter and the deathly hallows'.

Clown is the movie version of the extremely popular television sitcom of six seasons 'Clown' featuring the two renowned stand-up comedians Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam.

The film is produced by Louise Vesth for Zentropa Entertainments10 and supported by The Danish Film Institute.

Nordisk Film is distributing domestically.