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Drafthouse Films acquires “Clown” and “Bullhead”

Drafthouse Films acquires “Clown” and “Bullhead” (photo)

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I had a couple of favorite films at Fantastic Fest this year: the French action thriller “Sleepless Night”, the Norweigan twist-fest “Headhunters,” and the Danish comedy “Clown,” which I called “the funniest movie you probably won’t see this year.” Why didn’t I think you’d see it? Because the movie contains some of the edgiest (and most graphic) sexual humor I’ve ever seen in a movie. “Clown” makes “Porky’s” look like a Porky Pig cartoon. I doubted whether the movie could ever find uncut distribution as a result.

Well, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is I was right: you won’t see “Clown” this year. The good news is that’s because you’ll see it in 2012, as Drafthouse Films announced at the American Film Market that they had acquired the film for U.S. release. Drafthouse also acquired another Fantastic Fest title (one which I didn’t get a chance to see) called “Bullhead” and announced it had signed a distribution deal with Image Entertainment. Here’s an excerpt from that release:

Drafthouse Films also announced today that it has acquired North American rights to award-winning films, the riveting crime drama “Bullhead,” Belgium’s official 2012 Oscar® candidate for Best Foreign Language Film and the outrageous international hit comedy, “Clown.” Michael Roskam’s “Bullhead” is a stunning debut and a harrowing tale of revenge, redemption and fate. The film has played to critical acclaim at Berlin Film Festival, Fantasia and Fantastic Fest and was called “one of the most powerful experiences I’ve had in a film this year,” (Drew McWeeny, HitFix). Mikkel Nøgaard’s “Clown” has been hailed as “the funniest movie of the year!” (Matt Singer, IFC) and “raunchy, fearless and awesome!” (Eric Kohn, indieWIRE). The uproarious comedy follows two wildly inappropriate friends as they run amok through the Danish countryside plowing through social taboos and unspeakable debaucheries. Also planned for Drafthouse Films in 2012 are the recently announced releases of SXSW ’11 favorite “The FP” and the stunning new RealD™ 3D restoration of ’80s cult hit “Comin’ At Ya!”

As you can see, all the important critics agree with me (or are me) about this movie. Right from its very first release — the terrorism comedy “Four Lions” — Drafthouse Films has proven itself a champion of the sort of ultra-edgy movies other distributors won’t touch. So I have every hope that you guys will get to see “Clown” exactly how I saw it: in all its raunchy, inappropriate glory.

Also it’s worth mentioning: there are no clowns in the movie. It’s totally safe for coulrophobics. Genophobics, I’m afraid, will need to seek entertainment elsewhere.

Which do you want to see more, “Clown,” or “Bullhead?” Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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