BOX OFFICE: Slovak Film Breaks Opening Record in Domestic Cinemas

    Kidnapping by Mariana Čengel Solčanská Kidnapping by Mariana Čengel Solčanská

    BRATISLAVA: Political thriller Kidnapping by Mariana Čengel Solčanská had the strongest opening weekend in the Slovak history. The film released on 2 March 2017 attracted 67,369 cinemagoers.

    Currently Kidnapping / Únos has 69,354 admissions and 369,537 EUR gross, and it will soon reach 70 Slovak cinemas.

    The story of Kidnapping is based on the events surrounding the kidnapping of the son of the former Slovak president Michal Kováč in the 90s and focuses on a criminal case in which the state and its security forces played an important role. The cast includes well-known Slovak film and theater actors such as Rebeka Poláková, Maroš Kramár, Milan Mikulčík, Ingrid Timková, Daniel Heriban and Milan Ondrík. 

    The film helped to open a discussion on a public and political level. „I am very glad that this heavy topic attracted so many viewers and helped create a massive public discussion“, said Mariana Čengel Solčanská.

    The film is a 100% Slovak production of JMB Film & TV Production in coproduction with RTVS and Štúdio 727. The budget of 1.2 m EUR was partially covered by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund and the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic.

    For the distribution company Continental Film this is the second Slovak box office hit in 2017 after the Slovak/Czech romantic comedy All or Nothing / Všetko alebo nič (produced by NUNEZ NFE s.r.o. in coproduction with Evita Film Production s.r.o. and MOJO Film s.r.o.), which had a strong opening weekend with 64,931 admissions in January 2017.

    Popularity of domestic titles has a rising trend, which was also proved during 2016. Total admissions for Slovak films and Slovak majority coproductions were 307,197 in 2016, 2.9 percent more than in 2015. According to UFD (Union of Film Distributors of the Slovak Republic), The Red Captain / Červený kapitán (Fog'n'Desire Films) by Michal Kollár was the most popular Slovak film in 2016 with more than 86,000 admissions.

    According to a new programme of support for Slovak films in domestic cinemas launched in 2016, each cinema can apply and receive one euro per each ticket sold for a domestic title. In 2016 the Slovak Audiovisual Center (AVF) alloted 217,000 EUR mostly for art house cinemas. This programme will continue in 2017.