Poligamy gets off to flying start
by Fabien Lemercier
Denes Orosz’s debut feature Poligamy [+see also:
film profile] (see news) has got off to an excellent start in Hungarian theatres. Distributed by Skyfilm, the romantic comedy starring Sándor Csányi and Kátya Tompos took first place at the box office from December 10-13 with 20.48m forints in takings (16,796 admissions).
Only one other European production appears in the top 10: Luc Besson’s French animated feature Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard [+see also:
film profile]. Distributed by Fórum, the film claims fifth position in last weekend’s box office rankings in its second week on release. The film has so far amassed 15.73m forints in takings (14,037 admissions).
By way of comparison, US blockbuster The Twilight Saga: New Moon has garnered a total of 128,200 admissions in almost four weeks.
In 13th position is Stephen Frears’ Chéri [+see also:
interview: Stephen Frears
film profile] (distributed by Budapest Film), which has drawn 4,806 viewers in 11 days (5.56m forints), and in 14th place is Gábor Csupó’s UK/French/Hungarian co-production The Secret of Moonacre [+see also:
film profile], which has garnered 9,492 admissions (10.7m forints) after four weeks on release (distributed by Hungaricom).
US films currently monopolise the box office and will also dominate the end-of-year holiday releases. However, Budapest Film is today launching Norwegian director Bent Hamer’s O'Horten [+see also:
film profile], which won acclaim in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes 2008 (see review).
On December 24, Szuez Film will launch French director Arnaud Depleschin’s A Christmas Tale [+see also:
film profile] (in competition at last year’s Cannes Festival: see review) and, on December 31, Duncan Jones’ Moon (see news), which was recently crowned Best British Film of the Year at the BIFA Awards.
Finally, on the last day of 2009, Mozinet will also release late Romanian filmmaker Christian Nemescu’s California Dreamin’ [+see also:
film profile] (winner of the Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes 2007).
(Translated from French)
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