For Some Inexplicable Reason, a true revelation
by Fabien Lemercier
- Gábor Reisz’s film-school graduation feature has snagged two awards at Turin and is still taking the Hungarian box office by storm
Popular this summer in the East of the West section at Karlovy Vary, For Some Inexplicable Reason [+see also:
film profile] (read the review), the feature debut by Gábor Reisz, is still making an impressive splash.
Released on 30 October in Hungarian cinemas by Cirko Film, the offbeat comedy (produced by Proton Cinema and the Budapest University of Theatre and Film Arts) has not dropped out of the top ten at the local box office at any point during its first four weeks of screening (successively rocking up in eighth, seventh, ninth and, again, ninth place) and has retained the same print run of 22 copies (in contrast, the biggest US blockbusters are released across 50-60 screens). After having gained 2% more viewers in its second week, the film only lost 7% in its third week and 22% in its fourth, giving a running total of almost 25,000 admissions over 28 days, a remarkable achievement for a Hungarian feature debut.
Better still, the movie is also pleasing audiences in Western Europe, as it has just taken home the Special Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 32nd Turin Film Festival (read the news). This is a promising double win for the 34-year-old filmmaker (who also wrote the screenplay and handled the cinematography for his movie) and for the Paris-based outfit Alpha Violet, which is overseeing the feature’s international sales.
(Translated from French)