Ireland on Sunday is our monthly showcase for new Irish film.
Galway-based director Dieter Auner turns his attention from central Europe (Leaving Transylvania, Off the Beaten Track) to Ireland following the fortunes of the Gerbola family as they fight to keep their small family circus on the road. For nine months of the year the tightly knit crew exist outside the bounds of “normal” life with Mikey Gerbola – eccentric clown, generous husband, and determined small-business man – battling at the helm. As he and Tara struggle with budgets and the demands of the show, their two young sons juggle their love of the circus and their need for formal education.
Auner’s unhurried gaze creates an exact and moving record of these memorable characters.
Director Dieter Auner will participate in a post-screening Q&A.