Germany's film industry stages comeback

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12 November 2004 , MUNICH - After years in the doldrums, made-in- Germany productions are setting the pace for a remarkable upswing in the nation's film industry. The Federal Film Board (FFA) reported that 12.7 million more visitors went through cinema portals during the first nine months of this year, compared with the same period in 2003. And domestic producers are especially pleased with a healthy 20.7 percent market share, up from a measly 14.4 percent in the first three quarters of 2003. The FFA's rep

12 November 2004 

MUNICH - After years in the doldrums, made-in- Germany productions are setting the pace for a remarkable upswing in the nation's film industry. 

The Federal Film Board (FFA) reported that 12.7 million more visitors went through cinema portals during the first nine months of this year, compared with the same period in 2003.

And domestic producers are especially pleased with a healthy 20.7 percent market share, up from a measly 14.4 percent in the first three quarters of 2003.

The FFA's report noted that the boom continued after a one million visitor plus was posted during the first two quarters, with the third quarter ending with a whopping 115 visitors for the year so far.

Box office revenues were also up rising to a solid EUR 659.5 million in the first three quarters, compared to EUR 586.3 million during the same period in 2003.

"With 23.5 million film fans attracted by German productions, such a great interest in German movies had not been reported since the FFA began compiling data on admissions," said Peter Dinges, the new chairman of the nation's film support organization.

When end-of-the-year figures are tabulated, the number of admissions seems nearly certain to top the 149 million admissions registered at the end of 2003, especially since such American blockbusters as "Bridget Jones - the Edge of Reason", "Ocean's Twelve," and Jackie Chan's remake of "Around the World in 80 Days," are programmed for December release.

Three German productions were in the top 20 on the list of the 100 best grossing films, demonstrating the new quality of German movies, the FFA said. The three included the space spoof "Traumschiff Surprise - Period 1" (Dreamship Surprise), which even surpassed the successful "Harry Potter" movies by taking the number one shot on the chart, the FFA added.

Besides that parody of the "Star Trek" pictures, successful German productions included the comedy "Der Wixxer", which drew nearly 1.9 million admissions, and the movie based on the last days of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, "Der Untergang" (Downfall), still on release with over four million.

The three combined held their own with Hollywood, totalling 13 million patrons, while productions from the major U. S. studios, "Shrek II", "Spider Man II" and "I, Robot". had a total of 15 million visitors.

During the last quarter, prospects are favourable for German movies, which will include "Sieben Zwerge - Maenner allein im Wald" (Seven dwarfs - Men Alone in the Forest), which has already booked 3.5 million visitors during its first two weeks on release.

And two new children's films, "Laura's Stern" and "Bibi Blocksberg Und Das Geheimnis Der Blauen Eulen (Bibi Blocksberg And The Secret Of The Blue Owls) have both exceeded a million admissions, the figure regarded as the benchmark for a successful movie in Germany.

Fans are also expected to attend the November premiere of "Die Fetten Jahre Sind Vorbei" (The Educators), the first German film in many years to be in the competition section at this year's Cannes festival.

DPA

Subject: German news

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