Sunday, November 07, 2004
Germany's "7 Dwarves" tops European chart
For the first time since it started an exclusive international box office chart in April this year, Screen International magazine saw the n°1 spot go to a film that was not US-produced: the loony German comedy "7 Zwerge/7 Dwarves". Significantly, the n° 2 position is also going to a non-English-speaking film: Jeunet's "Un long dimanche de fiançaille/A Very Long Engagement". "7 Zwerge" is not yet listed in our chart on the right as it is showing in 3 countries currently (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) on a total of 911 screens. Writing credits go to Bernd Eilert, Otto Waalkes and director Sven Unterwaldt, Jr. Another German film, "The Downfall" is currently n° 20. The success of "Goodbye Lenin" plus the more recent "Gegen die Wand" and "Edukator" give an idea of the growing popularity and wide range of German cinema.