You are God tops Polish Box Office


    WARSAW: You are God (Jesteś Bogiem), a Polish drama about a legendary hip hop band, has recorded the best opening weekend for a Polish film in 2012, with 373,796 admissions.

    Directed by Leszek Dawid, You Are God was one of the most eagerly awaited Polish dramas of the year after it received some very positive reviews after the film's premiere at the 2012 Gdynia Film Festival (www.fpff.pl). At Gdynia the production won prizes for Best Debut and Second Film Director, Best Professional Acting Debut and Best Actors in a Supporting Role.

    The film opened in Polish cinemas on 21 September, achieving the third best admissions figures for a Polish production in the last 20 years. The record is held by Andrzej Wajda's Pan Tadeusz with 424,895 opening weekend admissions viewers, followed by the musical comedy Love and Dance (Kochaj i Tańcz) (www.tvn.pl), directed by Bruce Parramore, with 393,803 admissions. You are God follows the success of another Polish film, Yuma, (www.yetifilms.pl), with 231,400 admissions in the first four weeks of its release.

    The film was produced by Studio Filmowe KADR (www.sfkadr.com) in co-production with Silesia Film (www.silesiafilm.com.pl), The Chimney Pot (www.chimney.pl), TOYA Studios (www.toyastudios.pl) and Kino Świat (www.kinoswiat.pl). The 4.6 m PLN (1.1 m EUR) film received 2.5 m PLN in financing from the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl).

    The producer told FNE that the film was a long time in the making, with long consultations before filming with fans of the band and film professionals in the form of open readings of the script, where it was very well received. The film is distributed domestically by Kino Świat (www.kinoswiat.pl).