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A great season for domestic releases in Romania

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- The most popular Romanian film of the year was Cristina Iacob's #Selfie69

A great season for domestic releases in Romania
#Selfie69 by Cristina Iacob

Local distributors of Romanian films have always preferred autumn for the release of their movies, and this year's results are more than impressive. With a lower number of releases than in previous years, in 2016 domestic cinema had two films exceeding 130,000 admissions.

Cristi Puiu's Sieranevada [+see also:
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Q&A: Cristi Puiu
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]
 started off the string of records with (at that point) the year's best first weekend at the beginning of September. The film, which was also selected to represent Romania at the Academy Awards, finished its run in cinemas with approximately 31,150 admissions.

Cristina Iacob's #Selfie69 followed a few weeks later, becoming the year's most popular domestic release, with almost 145,000 admissions. Bogdan Mirică's acclaimed Dogs [+see also:
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interview: Bogdan Mirica
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]
 followed on 23 September, with a total of 29,000 admissions.

But the real surprise of the season came on 7 October, when Paul Negoescu's buddy comedy Two Lottery Tickets [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Paul Negoescu
film profile
]
 almost climbed, during a rather unimpressive week, to the top of the Romanian box office, with more than 27,000 admissions in its first weekend. With a less widespread, but more effective, promotional campaign than its competitors, the film finished its run in Romanian cinemas in the middle of December, totalling 131,500 admissions. With a budget of €30,000, Two Lottery Tickets earned almost €550,000.

Igor Cobileanski's Eastern Business [+see also:
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trailer
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]
 totalled almost 10,000 admissions, while Radu Jude's Locarno-awarded Scarred Hearts [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Radu Jude
film profile
]
 had approximately 6,500 admissions after three weeks in cinemas.

The beginning of 2017 looks promising, too, as Nae Caranfil's 6.9 on the Richter Scale [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Nae Caranfil
film profile
]
, a potential hit, is scheduled for release on 20 January.

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