Je ne t'aime pas
Gallic audiences simply don’t like Belgian films. That is the sad conclusion reached by the Belgian Film Observatory. Only 8 Belgian productions or co-productions were released onto French screens in 2002, compared to 19 in 2002. The situation is only made worse by the fact that the only films that attracted French filmgoers were Franco-Belgian co-productions.
The top performers were Gangsters! by Olivier Marchal, which sold 269,280 tickets over a two-month period. The film was produced by Belgium’s Saga Film and France’s Ajoz Films and Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s Le Fils, 240,567 tickets over 10 weeks and produced by Belgium’s Les Films du Fleuve and France’s Archipel 35.
The following Belgian (co) productions were released in France but only manage to attract between 10,000 and 25,000 filmgoers in 2002:
Arbres by Sophie Bruneau and Marc-Antoine Roudil, produced by Belgium’s Cobra Films and France’s ADR Productions – 24,887 tickets over 14 weeks; Petites Misères by Philippe Boon and Laurent Brandenbourger and produced by Belgium’s Artemis Productions, Belgium’s Samsa Film and France’s ADR production - 23,800 tickets in 5 weeks; Strass by Vincent Lannoo, produced by Belgium’s Radowsky Films – 22,744 tickets over 7 weeks: Le bruit, l’odeur et quelques étoiles by Eric Pittard, produced by Belgium’s Nota Bene, France’s Les Films à Lou and Les Films d’Ici – 16,000 tickets over 6 weeks; Carnages by Delphine Gleize, produced by Belgium’s Need Productions, France’s Balthazar Productions, Spain’s Oasis PC and Switzerland’s PCT – 14,186 tickets in 7 weeks; La fille de Keltoum by Mehdi Charef, produced by Belgium’s To Do Today, France’s Cinétève and Canal Horizons and Tunisia’s Cinétéléfilms – 12,465 tickets in 5 weeks and Une part du ciel by Bénédicte Liénard, produced by Belgium’s Tarantula and France’s JBA Production – 11,102 tickets over 5 weeks.
The selection of Carnages and Une part du ciel for Cannes failed to launch these titles during their French release, although Olivier Gourmet’s best actor Palme helped French audiences warm to Le Fils.
(Translated from French)
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