Magazine article Variety

Local Blockbusters Do Gangbuster Biz

Magazine article Variety

Local Blockbusters Do Gangbuster Biz

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Turkish audiences found respite from harsh everyday political realities at the movies, but only if they were Turkish blockbusters. In 2016, admissions for U.S. indies fell 3% to slightly over 59 million, according to comScore.

"The audience has dropped, and only Turkish blockbusters and American movies with a Marvel superhero still work," says Pamir Demirtas, who heads Pinema, top distributor of American indies.

The year's top title is thriller "The Mountain II" (Dag II), about a Turkish special forces squad on a mission in contempo Iraq.

"The Mountain II" was released by Mars Cinema Group, the local behemoth comprising Turkey's top exhibition chain as well as production and distribution arms, which was bought in April by South Korea's CJ-CGV

Around the time of that purchase, Mars Group came under fire when a docu about its alleged monopolistic practices, titled "Only Blockbusters Left Alive," opened the Istanbul Film Festival. …

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