History clown Chocolat (Omar Sy), the first black artist circus in France, which was a huge success in the late nineteenth century. It was also the first to advertise, the same that inspired other contemporary Belle Epoque as Toulouse Lautrec or the Lumière brothers participating in several of his early films. Along with the clown Foottit (James Thierrée), both were pioneers in creating a duet between a clown “Whiteface” and a clown “Augusto” black, making it the perfect product of its time. Chocolat was born in Cuba under the name of Rafael Padilla, approximately in 1865, and as a child moved to Europe. In Spain he worked as a servant, as a shoeshine boy, a worker at the mine … The fate led him to France to work in the circus. He went from being a slave to be a free man, the circus, the theater, and anonymity to fame.
Director: Roschdy Zem
Writers: Cyril Gely, Olivier Gorce, Roschdy Zem
Stars: Alice de Lencquesaing, Clotilde Hesme, Frédéric Pierrot, James Thierrée, Noémie Lvovsky, Olivier Gourmet, Olivier Rabourdin, Omar Sy
Production Co: Mandarin Films / Gaumont / Korokoro / M6 Films / Canal+ / Ciné+ / M6 / Région Ile-de-France / CNC / ACSE / Fonds Images de la Diversité