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Oskars Killo • Distributor

European Distributors: Up Next! - Latvia

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Oskars Killo • Distributor

Cineuropa: Could you give us some background information about your company Acme Film?
Oskars Killo: Acme Film Sia is the leading independent film distributor in Latvia and is owned by Acme, a Lithuanian based company. Acme Film in Latvia was established in 2004. The rights for Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are bought by the mother company in Lithuania. Acme Film is not directly involved in the acquisitions process but discusses with the mother company in Lithuania about certain releases.

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In 2007, Acme Film had 62 theatrical releases and a 25% market share. In 2008, the number of films released will be the same, but the revenue is expected to be higher.

Could you tell us what was your most recent European hit in cinemas (in admissions) and how this compares to other successes, for instance from the US?
In 2008, Acme Film has had such European successes as French films 99 Francs and Asterix at the Olympic Games, and Spain’s The Orphanage [+see also:
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]
 [+see also:
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.

The last European hit is 2 Days in Paris [+see also:
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interview: Christophe Mazodier
interview: Julie Delpy
film profile
]
. It was released on one print on July 4, 2008, and has since totalled 12,500 admissions. Cash [+see also:
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is another success. It was released on one print on August 1 and has 8,500 admissions so far. The results for 2 Days in Paris and Cash are comparable to recent US releases in Latvia such as The X-Files 2, and Disaster Movie.

What European films you have recently acquired?
Recent European acquisitions include Happy-Go-Lucky [+see also:
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, Paris [+see also:
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, JCVD [+see also:
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, The Duchess [+see also:
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]
, Vicky Cristina Barcelona [+see also:
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film profile
]
, Vinyan [+see also:
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film profile
]
, Ne te retourne pas, and others.

How is the current market for European films in Latvia?
In 2007, European films had a 18.3% market share, US films a 66% market share, the rest of the world 10.1% and national films a 5.5% market share.

What do you think could and should be done to increase the visibility of European films in your territory?
Organizing festivals and different events locally, participating in European festivals and events and networking with other European distributors are all important things to be involved in. We also actively use MEDIA Programme support for European films.

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