Small, bittersweet comedy Chinese Take-Away enjoys international success
Last Friday, Sebastián Boresztein’s Spanish/Argentinean film Chinese Take-Away [+see also:
film profile] crowned an exceptional year by winning the Marc’Aurelio Jury Award for Best Film and the Audience Award for Best Film at the Rome International Film Festival.
Over the last 12 months, the film has won over Argentinean and Spanish audiences and has laid the foundations for its release in many other countries over the forthcoming months. According to its sales agent, Spain’s Latido Films, this success is based on “the empathy of the characters, who represent a communication problem that is very common right now due to growing migration”.
Although the film is told from an entirely Argentinean point of view, Chinese Take-Away is a majority Spanish production (60%) through Castafiore Films, Tornasol Films and Aliwood Mediterráneo Producciones. There is nothing unusual about the first two companies, headed by Gerardo Herrero, being involved in a co-production with Argentina, a country with which the producer maintains a close relationship (his third production outfit, whose name is also inspired by the world of Tintin, Haddock Films, is in Buenos Aires), which has given rise to a long series of collaborations, among which stands out Juan José Campanella’s The Secret in Their Eyes [+see also:
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film profile], winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2010.
Chinese Take-Away’s commercial run got off to a spectacular start in March in Argentina, where it became the biggest domestic box-office hit of the year, drawing almost 1m viewers. There it began to attract attention for its ability to generate positive word of mouth among audiences, which was repeated on its launch in Spain in June (it increased by 5.6 its box-office takings for its first weekend – €400,000 – reaching a total of €2.24m).
This immense popularity is undoubtedly one of the keys to why it has been bought in many territories, including Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland in Europe, as well as Australia, New Zealand and numerous Latin American countries.
(Translated from Spanish)
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