Country Focus: Poland
Record year with good results for domestic film
by Dorota Hartwich
11/01/2010 - Over 38m admissions were garnered in Polish theatres in 2009, which marks a new record and an impressive increase compared to the previous year’s 34m viewers. It is also a symbolic result, representing one cinema admission per year, per inhabitant.
Last year’s best-performing features include a trio of US productions: animated films Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (over 2m admissions) and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2m), followed by disaster movie 2012 (over 1.5m).
Polish productions also enjoyed success in 2009, with 29 features attracting a total of 8.7m viewers. Among the seven titles to have exceeded the 1m admissions mark last year are two domestic films: Bruce Parramore’s Love and Dance [trailer] (1.4m admissions) and Rafał Wieczynski’s Popieluszko: Freedom Is Within Us [trailer] (see news, 1.3m viewers).
In third place among 2009’s most successful domestic features is Tomasz Konecki and Andrzej Saramonowicz’s romantic comedy Perfect Guy for My Girlfriend (690,000 admissions).
The biggest surprise Polish hit was Katarzyna Rosłaniec’s debut feature Mall Girls (see news). The film, which centres on some teenage girls who hang around shopping centres and prostitute themselves in order to buy fashionable clothes and accessories, drew 550,000 viewers.
Good results were also garnered by high-quality titles Snow White and Russian Red [trailer] by Xawery Żuławski (see news - over 440,000 admissions) and The Reverse [trailer, film focus] by Borys Lankosz (over 316,000 admissions).