Fahrenheit 9/11 sets record in German debut

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29 July 2004, BERLIN - Michael Moore's controversial film Fahrenheit 9/11 opened Thursday at 200 cinemas across Germany — the widest premiere for a documentary film in German cinematic history.

29 July 2004

BERLIN - Michael Moore's controversial film Fahrenheit 9/11 opened Thursday at 200 cinemas across Germany — the widest premiere for a documentary film in German cinematic history.

The film, which won the Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival in May, is expected to break box-office records for documentaries in Germany, where Moore is enormously popular.

Riding a crest of anti-American sentiment in Germany, Moore has become a celebrity in this country.

His book Stupid White Men, sold nearly 1.1 million copies in German — comprising one-third of the book's total global sales.

More than a million Germans turned out to see his Oscar-winning indictment against US gun laws, Bowling for Columbine, another box-office record for a documentary film in Germany.

During a book tour last autumn, Germans gave him rock-star treatment as he gave readings in standing-room-only concert halls.

An open-air preview of Fahrenheit 9/11 in Berlin Wednesday evening drew a crowd of some 2,000, including dignitaries and government cabinet ministers.

Unlike most documentaries, Fahrenheit 9/11 is not only being shown at art cinemas but also at major multiplexes to accommodate demand to see the film.

Moore disappointed his admirers in Germany, however, by declining to come to Germany for the film premiere. He issued a statement saying he was "too busy trying to defeat Bush" to take time out to attend film openings overseas.

DPA

Subject: German news

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