Yuma dominates the Polish box office


    WARSAW: The Polish-Czech coproduction Yuma directed by Piotr Mularuk has posted one the strongest openings for a domestic film opening in the last 10 years.

    Yuma, a mix of action, comedy and romance, has been seen by 231,400 viewers since its opening on 10 August. In its first two weekends the film dominated the Polish box office, outperforming major American productions The Dark Knight Rises and Prometheus.

    Yuma was shot in September 2010 in Poland, Czech Republic and Germany and is distributed by Kino Świat (www.kinoswiat.pl). The company has not published the box office results.

    The film is set in a small town located near the Odra river on the Polish-German border in the early days of post-communism in the early 90’s. It portrays a specific phenomenon of the time known as "yuma" - making money from small robberies in Germany and bringing the stolen goods back to the local market.

    Zyga, played by rising star Jakub Gierszał, is a young man who becomes the "yuma king." The film follows his road to power, and then decline.

    The cast includes Krzysztof Skonieczny, Jakub Kamieński,Tomasz Kot and Katarzyna Figura.

    The film was produced by Yeti Films (www.yetifilms.com) in co-production with Evolution Films (Czech Republic, www.evolutionfilms.cz ) and Las Vegas Power Energy Drink (Poland, www.lasvefasdrink.pl).

    The film received financing from the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl) and Czech State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography (www.mkcr.cz). The project was developed as part of the MEDIA (ec.europa.eu/media), Media Buisness School 2003 and eQuinoxe programmes.