Dahan and Donnersmarck see “la vie en rose”
by Fabien Lemercier
The film on the life of Edith Piaf (see news) has attracted a whopping 2.8m filmgoers in 14 days (€16.8m gross, distribution TFM), with attendance falling only 18% in its second week, which saw another local blockbuster – Gérard Krawczyk’s Taxi 4 [trailer] (see news) – take the lead.
German helmer Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck’s 2007 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner, The Lives of Others [trailer, film focus] (see Focus), continues to draw audiences as well. With almost 562,000 admissions in 28 days (distribution Océan Films), the feature has lost almost none of its cruising speed since its release (-2% in its fourth week) and even had its best Wednesday in Paris last week.
European cinema is also in the headlines with 630,000 admissions in three weeks for the joint UK/Italian/French production Hannibal Rising [trailer] by British director Peter Webber (distribution Quinta Communications), 160,000 in two weeks for Kevin Macdonald’s The Last King of Scotland and 195,000 in 14 days for Michael Hegner’s French/Danish animation film The Ugly Duckling and Me!.
With a 56% market share since January 2007, French films’ share rose to 72% and 65% in the last two weeks of February.
Meanwhile, Laurent Tirard’s Molière [trailer] is approaching the million admissions mark after four weeks and Régis Wargnier’s Have Mercy on Us All [trailer] has garnered 825,000 admissions in five weeks, while Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s Odette Toulemonde [trailer] (see interview) has almost 670,000 admissions after three weeks.
(Translated from French)