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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2015 - 17.26 July

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THE CIRCUS DYNASTY

Category: Edition 2015

Synopsis
Benny Berdino, the owner of one of Europe’s biggest circus, dreams of his grandson Patrick Berdino keeping his dynasty alive. Patrick’s relationship and seemingly definite marriage to award winning circus artist Merrylu Casselly can only strengthen this goal. They grew up together, so when the pair move into their own caravan and create a joint show, it seems that everything is going according to plan. But mixing business and pleasure is never as simple as it seems. When you have just turned twenty it can be hard to live up to the expectations and dreams of your parents. Who knows if the young lovers and their families can overcome that new times moved to the forefront in a world where old traditions and norms are prevailing.

Original Title CIRKUSDYNASTIET
Category Official Competition
Section GEx Doc
Tipology Documentary, Feature Film
Duration 93'
Production Year 2014
Nationality Denmark
Directed by Anders Riis-Hansen
Screenplay Anders Riis-Hansen
Director of photography Anders Riis-Hansen, Anders Löfstedt, Lars Skree
Editor Lars Therkelsen, Line Schou Hillerbrand
Sound Peter Schultz
Music Jonas Colstrup
Main cast The Berdino Family
The Casselly Family
Merrylu Casselly
Patrick Berdino
Produced by Malene Flindt Pedersen

Riis-Hansen regOK

Anders Riis-Hansen
Born 1963, Denmark. From 2004 to 2011 he worked as an editor at the Danish broadcaster DR1. Since 2011 he is co-owner of the production company Hansen & Pedersen Film og Fjernsyn. In 2009 he directed his first documentary theatrical feature film, THE INVISIBLE CELL (BLEKINGEGADEBANDEN).

Director’s statement
“THE CIRCUS DYNASTY is a story about how we deal with the expectations of our families. In our world it is not as obvious, but in the conservative world of circus it is explicit. Merrylu Casselly is the seventh generation in her circus family. Patrick Berdino is fourth generation on his father’s side and a lot more on his Spanish mother’s side. They all originate from poor backgrounds, and have been struggling to reach their artistic and economic status. No wonder that they feel a huge responsibility to live up to the expectations of their families. But for them, as for everyone else, love is difficult, especially, when it is combined with business”.

production
Hansen & Pedersen Film og Fjernsyn
Fælledvej 9 2.tv 2200 KBH N - Denmark
phone +45 27442567
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www.hansenogpedersen.dk

world sales
CAT&Docs
18, rue Quincampoix, 75004 Paris - France
phone +33 144617748
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festival contact
Danish Film Institute
Gothersgade 55, 1123 Copenhagen K - Denmark
phone +45 33743400
fax +45 33743401
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