Menemsha Films has passed the $1m gross mark with The Rape Of Europa after a year on release in cities across the country.

Based on the book by Lynn H Nicholas and narrated by Joan Allen, the film takes a look at the fanaticism, greed and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe. It begins and ends with the story of Gustav Klimt's Gold Portrait which was stolen from Viennese Jews in 1938 and shows how the Nazis stole one-fifth of the well-known artworks of Europe.

It was written, produced and directed by Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen and Nicole Newnham and co-produced by Robert M Edsel.

'The requests for the film keep pouring in from every market in the country,' said Menemsha president Neil Friedman. 'We played for over 18 weeks in San Francisco, 15 weeks in NYC, 9 weeks in Boston and multiple week engagements in over 60 cities across the US. The film is stronger than ever now theatrically as word of mouth has spread.'

Menemsha's 2008 releases include Jan Hrebejk's Beauty In Trouble and Radu Mihaileanu's Live And Become.

In 2007, the company launched Menemsha DVD to sell its titles for home use through the web site and in stores nationwide. Menemsha's film library encompasses 25 titles.