Magazine article Screen International

Three UK Arthouse Success Stories That Bucked the Trend in 2017

Magazine article Screen International

Three UK Arthouse Success Stories That Bucked the Trend in 2017

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The UK has long been a tough market for foreign-language films, but things are looking up this year.

In both 2007 and 2008, five non-Bollywood foreign-language films, including The Lives Of Others, La Vie En Rose, The Orphanage and I've Loved You So Long, achieved £1m ($1.3m) at the UK box office.

In 2013 and 2014, there was only one non-Bollywood foreign-language £1m hit each year (The Great Beauty and The Raid 2), and in 2015 there were none at all.

Julieta scored $1.68m (£1.3m) in 2016, a year in which Polish action titles in the Pitbull franchise delivered big numbers -- but those films overwhelmingly play in UK multiplexes to Polish-speaking audiences, and are thus factored alongside Bollywood in a separate market category.

As of April 30, 2017 has delivered three foreign-language hits exceeding $650,000 (£500,000) at the UK box office -- the same number produced in the entirety of 2016, when Son Of Saul and Victoria also crossed the threshold with Pedro Almodovar's melodrama. …

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