‘Golpe’ a hit in Venezuela

Controversial pic knocks 'Zorro' from B.O. top spot

CARACAS, Venezuela — A controversial Venezuelan film recounting a violent 1992 coup attempt in this South American country outdueled “The Mask of Zorro” at the box office last week.

“Amanecio de Golpe,” a $1.2 million film with financing from Venezuela, Canada, Spain and Mexico, earned 42 million bolivares ($72,289) in Venezuela’s capital during its first five days. “Zorro” netted $61,962 during the same five days, from Sept. 16-20, said Feliz Guzman, sales manager for distributor Blancica.

“Zorro,” the No. 1 film in Venezuela the past four weeks, is showing on nine screens in Caracas and “Amanecio” on eight.

The release of “Amanecio” — three months before the Dec. 6 presidential election — was fought by politicians who support the former coup leader, Hugo Chavez Frias, and by those who oppose his bid to become a democratically elected president, said executive producer Alfredo D’Ambrosio.

“Everybody was afraid of this movie,” D’Ambrosio said.

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