Zeitgeist Films

Boutique distributor's few releases find success

Box Office: $1.1 million

Top pic: “Into Great Silence” ($760,000)

Exec suite: Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo, co-presidents; Stephanie Azam, director, marketing

Analysis: Operating largely under the radar (company’s highest grosser to date is 2004 foreign-language Oscar winner “Nowhere in Africa”), long-standing Gotham-based boutique distributor accomplishes a lot with a little, handling only a few theatrical releases every year.

Gerstman and Russo managed to turn “Into Great Silence,” a nearly three-hour foreign doc about a monastery in the Alps, into one of 2007’s biggest nonfiction successes. However, even though critically heralded docu “Manufactured Landscapes” performed well in New York, it has not reproduced sizable audiences elsewhere. After Cannes 2007, company reeled in Camera d’Or winner “Jellyfish,” one of several Israeli films popular at the fest.

Up next: “Jellyfish,” spring2008

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Biz News from Variety