the end of November, the most successful Hungarian film among the premieres of
2011 reached about 20.000 viewers in the cinemas. The film Vad Magyarország
(Wild Hungary) is a 50 minutes long nature film premiered in April, its success
is mainly due to the schools that took their pupils to the screenings. It’s
unprecedented that a nature film shot for television reaches the top rank at
the national box office, but this year almost totally lacked the premieres of
commercial Hungarian movies.
The most popular
feature film has been the Cannes Fipresci-winner Adrienne Pál, that has arrived
to the Hungarian cinemas almost a year after its international premiere. The
national premiere was postponed twice due to financial problems, and then it
sold more than 10.000 tickets by the end of November, which is a good figure in
Hungary for an art house film.
Film Office (www.nemzetifilmiroda.hu)
hasn’t published statistics since the end of March, so there are no official
figures on the proportion of the national films at the box office, but
according to the distributors press releases and unofficial estimates, 3-4% of
the audience bought tickets for Hungarian films in the first 11 months of 2011.
December might bring some change on the top list as there are two highly
anticipated premieres in the month: Marcell Jankovics’s The Tragedy of Man (http://youtu.be/_8C6x5k52h4), an
enormous animation project prepared and produced for almost 30 years that
premiered on 8th December and Tamás Sas’s SOS Love! (http://www.soslove.hu) premiered on 15th
December. The Tragedy of Man targets the
art house audiences: it had a limited release, only one cinema plays it in
Budapest, but the screenings are packed and the distributor predicts a very
long lifetime for it. The romantic comedy SOS Love! – The Million Dollar
Contract is the first Hungarian feature film shot in 3D, being the sequel of
the 2007 blockbuster “SOS szerelem”! The film was partly shot in the US; it
stars C.J. Thomason, Billy Zane and Daryl Hannah among Hungarian actors. The
film is shown in every multiplex cinema in Hungary.