Romanian admissions for domestic films declines

By Iulia Blaga

    BUCHAREST: Romanian films at the domestic box office are down in the first half of 2011 compared to 2010. Topping the first six months of this year for domestically produced films is the comedy Naşa/The Godmother, produced by MediaPro Pictures (www.mediapropictures.ro) and directed by Virgil Nicolaescu and Jesús del Cerro. With 26,689 admissions since its release at the end of April, the film is in the 42 position for the box office of the first half of 2011.

    This is significantly less than the awarded Florin Şerban's Eu când vreau să fluier, fluier/If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, produced by Strada Film (www.stradafilm.ro), which premiered last year at the end of March and became the Romanian hit of 2010 with 55,858 admissions.

    Naşa/The Godmother had slightly more admissions than the film in the second position in 2010, Sergiu Nicolaescu's Poker (also produced by MediaPro Pictures) with 24,234 admissions.

    Dan Chişu's comedy Ursul/The Bear , produced by Libra Film (www.librafilm.net) is in second place with 12,675 admissions. Alexandru Maftei's Bună! Ce faci?/Hello! How Are You?, produced by Rollin Studio (www.rollin.ro) in co-production with the Spanish ABS Film Company (www.absfilmcompany.com) and the Italian Trees Pictures (www.treespictures.it), had just 9,936 admissions despite its marketing campaign as the first Romanian romantic comedy in years. The rest of the local films range from 57 to 4,360 admissions.

    Cristi Puiu's Aurora had had only 4,159 admissions since its opening on March 11. The awarded Periferic/Outbound, Bogdan George Apetri's debut, had 4,360 admissions since its 1 April release.

    Twelve Romanian films premiered in the first half of 2011, four more than the same period in 2010.

    Statistics source: www.cinemagia.ro