Berlin entry opens at top of local box office

Nanni Moretti starrer “Quiet Chaos,” Italy’s single Berlin competition entry, has opened at number one at the Italo box office marking this year’s best debut locally for a non-mainstream pic.

The bereavement drama starring Moretti as a TV exec who takes to a park bench after his wife dies, scored E 1.5 ($2.2 million) off 384 screens at home via 01 Distribuzione, ahead of its Wednesday Berlin preem.

The latest “Asterix” installment, the costliest Gallic pic ever made, has bowed in second place in Italy with E 1.2 million ($1.7 million) via Warner Bros.

Helmed by Antonello Grimaldi and produced by Domenico Procacci’s Fandango shingle with financing from RAI Cinema, “Quiet Chaos” has been boosted by a big marketing push, with Moretti plugging many Italo launches and working TV talk shows, plus rivers of raving local press ink.

Pic, in which Roman Polanski has a cameo as a corporate bigwig, has also benefited from a general admission rating, despite a steamy sex scene and some controversial language involving words which in Italy amount to blasphemy.

Though surprisingly the G rating by Italo censors for “Quiet Chaos” has not stirred much controversy, Fandango and 01 have put a notice on the posters “advising” exhibitors not to admit children under 12.

Moretti also has been tapped as an honoree at this year’s Locarno Film Festial taking place Aug. 6-16, joining Abbas Kiarostami, Youssef Cahine and Aki Kaurismaki.

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