Local films hit jackpot at B.O.
by Annika Pham
No less than three local films are in the Top 5 this week in Norway. Playing Wide [+see also:
film profile], the directorial debut by Bjørn Fast Nagell, who won the Young Directors Award at Cannes in 2003, is the biggest hit of the week with a total 43,773 admissions, almost three times the numbers scored by Spike Lee’s Inside Man, another new opener.
The comedy about six men working in a garage who go on a trip to support the Norwegian team at the World football championships was produced by Zwart Arbeit and distributed by SF Norge.
Two local children’s films released by Columbia/Nordisk Film took the third and fifth position in the Top 5, respectively: Svein and the Rat, produced by Maipo Film & TV, has now gathered 95,284 admissions, while the new adventures of the The Junior Olsen Gang at the Circus, directed by Petter Næss, has now been seen by over 223,064 people, making it the third most popular film of 2006.
Another Norwegian film, High School Teacher Pedersen by Hans Petter Moland, was number 7 in last weekend’s local chart and is the fifth most popular film of the year with 155,232 admissions.
Today’s 10 new openers include Jacques Audiard’s The Beat My Heart Skipped [+see also:
film profile] (released by Tour de force), Dagur Kári’s Dark Horse [+see also:
film profile] ( Arthaus), Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s Bandidas [+see also:
film profile] ( Columbia/Tri Star), and the Swedish comedy Varannan Vecka (BVI) by Felix and Måns Herngren, Hans Holm and Hans Ingemansson.
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