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An eclectic mix of indie titles proved box office gold in Germany, where a child Viking, teen vampires, serious drama, satire and goofball comedies proved strong competition.
Nigel and Trevor Green's Entertainment Film Distributors remains top of the U.K. indie distrib pile for the umpteenth year in a row even if the marketplace is becoming increasingly competitive.
Given slumping DVD and TV sales, theatrical B.O. took on more importance this year for Spanish distributors, and it's a good thing: Total box office in Spain rose 13% in the first half of 2009.
Gaul has a bevy of highly capitalized distributors either backed by TV nets -- StudioCanal, SND, TFM -- or who have a foot in exhibition -- Pathe and Gaumont.
Local distribs Medusa and RAI Cinema, both units of the country's top broadcasters, are having strong years.
State-owned China Film Group remains the most powerful player among Chinese distribs.
Japan's indie companies are separated into a top tier, led by the domestic majors Toho, Shochiku, Toei and Kadokawa, and a lower tier consisting dozens of mid- to small-sized distribs.
Latin American indies continue to struggle against the dominance of Hollywood blockbusters, which crowd out smaller pics from limited exhibition space.