BRATISLAVA: Slovak films experienced a massive increase in admissions in the first half of 2017.
According to UFD (Union of Film Distributors of the Slovak Republic), total admissions for domestic films were over 3,5 m in the first half of 2017, representing a 33,51% increase compared to the same period in 2016. Peter Bebjak’s Slovak/Ukrainian coproduction The Line / Čiara, which was released on 3 August 2017, broke the record of first day release with 16,423 admissions.
In the first half of 2017 total domestic admissions were 861,358 and total domestic gross was 4,356,882 EUR.
The most popular film with 336,819 admissions was the romantic comedy All or Nothing / Všetko alebo nič directed by Marta Ferencová and produced by NUNEZ NFE s.r.o. in coproduction with Evita Film Production s.r.o. and MOJO Film s.r.o.. Based on Eva Urbaníková’s bestseller and starring the popular Slovak actress Tatiana Pauhofová, the film was released by Continental Film in January 2017.
Political thriller Kidnapping / Únos directed by Mariana Čengel Solčanská and produced by JMB Film & TV Production in coproduction with RTVS and Štúdio 727, is ranked second with 277,058 admissions. Released by Continental Film in March 2017, the film had the strongest opening weekend in Slovak history with 67,369 admissions.
Domestic top ten includes the comedy Cuky Luky Film directed by Karel Janák and released by ITAFILM with 113,551 admissions, the historical biopic drama A Prominent Patient / Masaryk directed by Julius Ševčík and released by Garfield Film with 53,936 admissions, the animated film The Oddsockeaters / Lichožrúti directed by Galina Miklínová and released by Forum Film with 20,171 admissions, the social drama Filthy / Špina directed by Tereza Nvotová and released by Forum Film with 16,865 admissions after its first week, Ice Mother / Bába z ledu directed by Bohdan Sláma and released by ASFK with 12,238 admissions, the family drama Little Harbour / Piata loď directed by Iveta Grófová and released by CinemArt with 9,587 admissions, the Czech/Slovak coproduction Garden Store: A Family Friend / Zahradnictví: Rodinný přítel directed by Jan Hřebejk and released by Forum Film with 6,593 admissions and Miro Remo’s documentary about a well-known Slovak singer Richard Muller: Unknown / Richard Muller: Nespoznaný released by ASKF with 2,151 admissions.