Bier exceeds 600,000 admissions, Father of Four No 1 - again
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Danish director Susanne Bier's Love Is All You Need joins Danish five top sellers since 2005, and ASA Film's franchise wins for the sixth time
Earlier this week (October 23) Danish director Susanne Bier's first romantic comedy since The One and Only 12 years ago, Love Is All You Need [+see also:
film profile], reached 600,000 admissions domestically for Nordisk Film, to become one of the five Danish features exceeding the 600K mark since 2000.
Also released this year, Danish director Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis's This Life [+see also:
interview: Anne Grethe Bjarup Riis
film profile] is already there - the other local top performers are Lone Scherfig's Italiensk for begyndere (2000), Ole Christian Madsen's Flame & Citron [+see also:
film profile] (2008) and Mikkel Nørgaard's Clown [+see also:
film profile] (2010).
"Thomas Jensen and I took a chance when we decided to make a comedy about a cancer-stricken woman who is about to divorce - so we are happy that the audience also took a chance and went to se it," said Bier, currently in Los Angeles for post-production on her latest US movie, Serena, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.
Same day, the sixth installment in Danish producer Henrik Møller-Sørensen's Father of Four franchise, Claus Bjerre's Father of Four - At Sea, had sold 354,578 tickets to become this year's most popular family feature. In spite of being unanimously slashed by the critics, it takes the title for the sixth time.
The original eight Father of Four films were directed by Alice O'Fredericks between 1953-1961. In 2005 Møller-Sørensen, of ASA Film Production, backed by Scandinavian distributor Scanbox Entertainment Sweden, released Bjerre's version of Father of Four, modelled on Frederick's characters. Spearheaded by No 1, which took more than 500,000 admissions, the series - which has now come to an end - has seated more than 2.5 million Danes in the cinemas.
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