Marianela Vega Oroza

Peru/USA, Drama, 2009
20 min, Super 16mm, Color/Black & White
Spanish with English subtitles


After the death of his father, a young journalist named Chino finds refuge in the world of street clowns. His relationship with the clowns leads him to overcome the anger toward his deceased father and to reconcile with his mother. Based on Daniel Alarcón’s short story Ciudad de Payasos, this short film was awarded the 2009 Best Fiction Film and Best Short Film at the Latin American Film Festival in Lima.


North American Premiere


Marianela Vega Oroza is a Peruvian filmmaker and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she received her MFA in Film Production. Her work has screened in numerous festivals and galleries around the world, including the Center of Contemporary Culture in Barcelona. Combining different formats, genres and visual elements, Oroza approaches filmmaking from an intimate point of view; her films are a personal journey. Payasos is her seventh short film.


Producer: Carolina Denegri
Screenwriter: Marianela Vega Oroza
Cinematographer: Mario Bassino
Editor: Marianela Vega Oroza, James Leche
Sound Design: Glenn Eannes
Music: Martin Choy
Cast: Tommy Parraga, Elsa Gonzales, Juan Huapaya, Roberto Saavedra



Regal Metropolitan - Fri. April 26  6:00PM

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