Tres bodas de más: a last bout of 2013 joy for Spanish cinema?
by Sergio Ríos Pérez
- New comedy by Javier Ruiz Caldera, produced by Apaches Entertainment, released last Friday, has grossed €1.48 million
With just three weeks to go until the end of the year, verdicts are starting to come in for what this year’s unfortunate balance sheet might look like for Spanish cinema. Comedy Tres bodas de más [+see also:
interview: Javier Ruiz Caldera
film profile] may come as a late-in-the-year ray of sunshine for the industry.
Javier Ruiz Caldera’s film is yet another proof of how close Spanish audiences feel to a new generation of comedy filmmakers. It saw box-office revenue of €1.48 million last weekend (including Friday, 6, which was a national holiday). The release has already become the third most successful this year after I’m So Excited by Pedro Almodóvar, and terror film Mamá [+see also:
film profile] by Argentinian Andrés Muschietti.
Even if a final verdict is difficult to give for the Apaches Entertainment, Think Studio and Antena 3 Films production before waiting a few more weeks, it is clear that audience reception has been good and that its success will be in line with other comedies from this season such as Las brujas de Zugarramurdi [+see also:
interview: Alex de la Iglesia
film profile] by Álex de la Iglesia and La gran familia española [+see also:
film profile] by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo. The director’s great relationship with audiences is thus set to be confirmed, especially as his previous films have already been vastly successful (Spanish Movie [+see also:
film profile] made €7.64 in 2009 and Promoción fantasma [+see also:
film profile], €1.71 in 2011).
But the fact that Tres bodas de más was made with the clear objective of attracting spectators should not detract from its quality, as seen through its selection this year during Venice Days as part of the Venice Film Festival and as the opening film at the Seville European Film Festival.
(Translated from Spanish)
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