A terse statement said the director “had been greatly looking forward to attending the Berlinale” and thanked his fans “for their ongoing support of the project” without giving any reason for Moore not showing up to support it himself.
It is known however that Moore, who has always been a powerhouse promoter of his films, was hospitalised earlier this month with pneumonia and forced to cancel a 50-state tour in the U.S. to promote the doc as well as appearances on Conan and Real Time With Bill Maher.
Fans have been asking Moore on his Facebook page how his recovery is going. Last week he posted on Facebook: “Trying to get back to just breathing is enough of a burden.”
“Where to Invade,” which is his Moore’s first film in six years, compares European countries’ approaches to healthcare, gun control and education with the way the U.S. tackles those issues.
Pic opened across 308 cinemas in the U.S. last weekend via Drafthouse through former Radius-TWC executives Tom Quinn and Jason Janego and Alamo Drafthouse chief executive Tim League. “Invade” grossed a reported $897,034 three-day opening which amounts to a below par screen average bow for Moore. Reviews have been mixed.