ScreenDailypreviewslocal and independent releases in key markets: comedy Al Final Del Camino off to strong start in Spain, Wild Bunch releases French comedy Bank Error on 398 prints; John Rabe has disappointing start in Germany; and Momentum launches Swedish vampire hit Let The Right One In on 70 prints in UK.
- Munich-based 24 Bilder is releasing Ole Bornedal’s Just Another Love Story for MFA on 20 prints. Denmark’s top film in 2007 has been booked into five cinemas in Berlin and two screens each in Munich, Hamburg and Frankfurt.
- 3Rosen Filmverleih’s release of Jan Sch Love Comes Lately, based on short stories by the Nobel Prize-winner Isaac B. Singer, opened in 17 cinemas throughout Germany. The melancholic comedy, starring Otto Tausig and Barbara Hershey, has been booked into such venues as Potsdamer Platz’s CinemaxX, Hamburg’s Abaton and Zeise cinemas and Cologne’s Filmpalette.
- After a premiere at Berlin’s Kulturbrauerei with the film’s stars Devid Striesow, JSchuttauf, Elisabeth Trissenaar on Wednesday evening, Alexander Adolph’s feature debut So Glh War Ich Noch Nie has been released by Kinowelt on 36 prints.
- Florian Gallenberger’s biopic John Rabe had a disappointing opening with Euros 212,969 taken from 127 screens for Majestic Film on its first weekend. The film had had a platform release in a handful of German towns on March 12 to qualify for the nominations to the German Film Awards.
- Warner Bros is currently performing well at the Spanish box office and the signs look promising for Roberto Santiago’s local comedy Al Final Del Camino, which took $121,000 (Eurps 91,166) on its opening day release (April 8). The film is about two journalists who write a report on a relationship guru while doing a pilgrimage walk.
- One of Spain’s leading distributors, Aurum, will be hoping for success at the local box office with Christophe Barratier’s 1930s set comedy musical Paris 1936which took an impressive $10m at the French box office at the end of last year.
- Jean-Paul Salome’s war drama Female Agents also opened April 8. Manga Films release the film, which stars Sophie Marceau and Julie Depardieu, and tells the story of a group of French resistance fighters who help the British rescue an army geologist from the beaches in Normandy.
- Avalon Distribution will be hoping Anton Corbijn’s Control can make a noise at the local box office. The Cannes hit about the life of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis is being released on 21 copies.
- French comedy Bank Error In Your Favour (Erreur De La Banque En Votre Faveur) from directors Michel Munz and Gerard Bitton was released on Wednesday on 398 copies. The film stars Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Gerard Lanvin in a timely story of a former banker who can’t get a loan. Wild Bunch Distribution is releasing.
- Also out this week is Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea. WDSMPI released the film Wednesday on 251 copies. Ponyo was a gigantic hit in Japan and the return of the venerable Miyazaki shouldn’t go unnoticed by French anime fans.
- The big four-day public holiday has big releases like Fast & Furious and Race To Witch Mountain, but in the independent arena, Momentum Pictures has Tomas Alfredson’s teenage vampire movie Let The Right One In. The Swedish hit will debut in the territory on around 70 copies.