Country Focus: Czech Republic
Czech and Slovakian titles faring well in domestic box-office
by Martin Kudláč
- According to numbers published by the Czech Union of Film Distributors, revenues for the first half of 2015 are the highest in last 15 years. The total number of admissions is 6,33 million (a 17% increase) while revenues advanced by 19% (approximately €30,23 million). The most visited domestic production has been Milan Cieslar's Life is Life [+see also:
film profile] (ranked seventh in the top 10 of all released films), joined on the charts by The Photograph [+see also:
film profile] by Irena Pavlásková, Dodgeball [+see also:
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Even during the summer blockbuster season, which imports major films from across the Atlantic Ocean, domestic productions have not been sidelined from admission charts in Czech Republic and Slovakia. Home Care [+see also:
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film profile] by Slávek Horák recently held its world premiere at Karlovy Vary and successfully launched Czech distribution by reaching 11,026 admissions after the opening weekend and landing at sixth place in the weekly box-office chart. The humane tragicomedy about a nurse helping everyone but herself has the requirements for a good run in domestic theatres.
Just two spots behind is Cieslar’s comedy Life is Life- a follow-up to his similarly-tuned 2012 endeavor Love is Love- which is still admitting a considerable number of viewers after 9 weeks in theaters (225,663 admissions in total). 10th on the charts is Czech/Slovak co-production Seven Ravens, a fairy tale by Alice Nellis that has sold a total of 57,660 tickets during the seven weeks since its premiere. Listed on the weekly Czech box-office top 20 is Helena Třeštíková´slatest project, which was awarded at Karlovy Vary for best documentary over 60 minutes. Time-lapse portrait, Mallory- a film that spans over 13 years- is off to a good start, as well.
Slovakian weekly chart lists Seven Ravens [+see also:
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film profile], which combines domestically popular village comedy and teenage comedy in the story of a 14 year-old fashion blogger trying to reconcile with her estranged father in the wake of her mother´s death while encountering first love, welcomed 533 admissions (in addition to a previous 2,656) in Slovakia and secured 12th place. Meanwhile, the film dropped from the Czech top 20 list after selling just 314 admissions in the previous week. After concluding its fifth week, Jakub Kroner’s long-awaited animated comedy, Lokalfilmis [+see also:
film profile] now sits at 13th place on Slovakian charts (with 46,246 admissions in total). Comedy Hourly Husband (73,734 total admissions), and Jan Saudek-inspired film The Photograph (5,202 admissions), had limited screenings that earned them the 14th and 17th spot, respectively, on the Slovakian top 20.