Domestic films in Central and Eastern Europe and in the Mediterranean Rim: 2019 highlights
We've said it many times before but it bears repeating: highly popular, domestic films - particularly comedies or productions linked to a country's history - are capable of bringing a specific range of spectators into the cinema; one that would not necessarily include cinema-going amongst its normal leisure activities.
Whilst awaiting a more systematic elaboration of the data on domestic cinema-going in 2019, here are a few "spoilers":
The most widely viewed film of all was "Vourate Geitonoi", the comedy based on an enormously successful television series launched in 2001.
The big-screen version brought almost 12 spectators out of a hundred into the movie theatres.
At the top of the admissions charts comes "Pats sau milijonierius" ("Fake millionnaire"), a domestic comedy that found favour with 4.9% of spectators in Lithuania in 2019.
The historical drama "Dveselu putenis" ("Blizzard of Souls") obtained the best box-office since the early ‘Nineties, accounting for 8.33% of admissions.
The country’s most popular film in 2019 is Estonian: entitled "Tõde ja õigus", it was the choice of almost 270,000 spectators, and accounted for 7.3% of tickets sold, bettering the result obtained by “Class Reunion 2”, the most widely viewed title in 2018 (147,000 tickets, equal to 4.0% of the total).
A million and a half spectators for "Ženy v běhu", the most popular film in 2019, which accounted for 8.4% of the total tickets sold.
Once again in 2019, as in 2018, a domestic film accounted for 9% of admissions and topped the charts, coming in first place. This year it was "7. Koğuştaki Mucize".
2019 was a highly positive year for Romanian cinema, which almost doubled its audiences compared to 2018. The film "Oh Ramona!" - a comedy for teenagers - ranked in the top ten, in tenth place - the first time in years for a domestic production.
More interesting information is to be found on the website of New Film Europe, which this year joins AG Kino - Gilde and Cicae in the event "Meet the Arthouse Cinemas".
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