Country Focus: Croatia
Local films sell 450,000 admissions in 2013
by Vladan Petkovic
- 2013 was a year of records in Croatian cinema: the national Pula Film Festival showcased an unprecedented 14 new films, and the territory in which the market share of local films was well under 10% (8.6% in 2012, at the time a record on its own), saw almost 450,000 admissions for its home production sold in 2013.
Overall market results are not available yet, but in 2012 the total was 3.9M tickets for all theatrical releases. The 2013 total is bound to be higher, in part thanks to the digitalisation of 29 independent cinemas which started in autumn, but certainly not enough so to simply accommodate for the difference in local share.
Leading the chart is Vinko Brešan's The Priest's Children [+see also:
interview: Vinko Bresan
film profile] with 158,130 admissions, the highest local grosser of the 21st century. It was also the first Croatian film to garner an EFA nomination, in the European comedy category.
Bresan's film is followed by two children's films: The Little Shoemaker [+see also:
film profile] by Silvije Petranović sold 129,923 tickets by Dec 30 and is still in theatres, while Dražen Žarkovic's Mysterious Boy, the second part of franchise based on Ivan Kusan's series of books about the popular character Koko, attracted 68,969 spectators. Romantic comedy Sonja and the Bull [+see also:
film profile] by Vlatka Vorkapić is in the fourth position with 38,682 tickets sold in 2013, out of a total of 97,927 since the film was released in 2012.
Finally, there were 33,367 admissions sold for Tomislav Mršić's Cowboys [+see also:
film profile], which is considered an under-performer: the theatre show it is based on, by Saša Anoičić who also wrote the script for the film, was seen by more than 100,000 people.
On the other hand, the strongest title internationally save for The Priest's Children, Bobo Jelcic's A Stranger [+see also:
interview: Bobo Jelcic
film profile] which world-premiered at the Berlinale and later won Special Jury Award and Best Actor at Sarajevo Film Festival for Bogdan Diklic, plus Motovun Film Festival's Bauer Award for the best film from the region of the former Yugoslavia, sold only 2,556 tickets.