U.S. rights to Aaron Schock's Hamptons '10 winner "Circo" have been acquired by First Run Features. Set in a century-old traveling circus in rural Mexico as it struggles to stay together despite mounting debt, dwindling audiences, and a simmering family conflict, First Run plans a Spring 2011 theatrical roll out.
The film centers on the Ponce family's circus, which has lived and performed in rural Mexico since the 19th century. According to First Run, Tino, the ringmaster, is driven by his dream to lead his parents' circus to success and corrals the energy of his whole family, including his four young children, towards this singular goal. But his wife Ivonne is determined to make a change. Feeling exploited by her in-laws, she longs to return to her kids a childhood lost to laboring in the circus.
"We're pleased to be working with the talented team of Aaron Schock and producer Jannat Gargi on one of the most compelling documentaries we've seen in years," commented Marc Mauceri, Vice President of First Run Features in a statement. "The milieu of the circus has always been fertile cinematic ground, and CIRCO takes full advantage of it. We look forward to helping audiences discover this splendid film."