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Dane pic doldrums

Local films take only 6% of domestic box office

COPENHAGEN — Danish films accounted for less than 6% of gross domestic box office receipts during the first six months of 2000, the Danish Film Institute reported. In 1999, the share was 27%.

In explaining the decline, DFI head of marketing, Jimmy Bredow Pedersen, said “There were only six Danish premieres during the period — and most of them performed less successfully than expected.”

In spite of soaring ticket sales — 5.6 million vs. 5.2 million last year — local films were credited for only 300,000 admissions, with Hans Kristensen’s “Two Penny Dance” sequel “Juliane” taking 60,000 against the original’s 400,000.

Eye on ‘Dancer’

Bredow counts on Lars von Trier’s Palme d’Or winner “Dancer in the Dark” and three children’s films (including A Film’s fully animated “Help! I’m a Fish!”) to improve the final market-share figure for 2000, which he projects at 16%-18%.

Last week’s release of Danish director Erik Clausen’s “Set the Horses Free,” which saw more than 18,000 tickets sold from 50 prints over the weekend, was this year’s first ray of light for domestic Danish cinema.

Still, “Scary Movie” did better, with 53,000 admissions from 35 prints.

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