LONDON — Two French movies, Guillaume Canet’s “Tell No One” and Oliver Dahan’s “La Vie en rose,” are the surprise specialized hits of the British summer.
Released in June, both have broken the £1 million ($2 million) barrier at the U.K. box office, a mark hit previously by only six Gallic films.
Their success is part of a wider upswing in the fortunes of niche pics in Blighty over the past couple of years, fueled by P&A subsidies from the U.K. Film Council.
Since 2004, 33 movies defined as “specialized” by the UKFC (including foreign language, docs and other indie pics) have grossed more than $2 million. That compares with just 11 films from 2000-03.
“Tell No One,” distributed by Revolver Entertainment, received $220,000 in P&A support from the U.K. Film Council, while “La Vie en rose,” handled by Icon, was granted $303,000.
Since the UKFC set up its P&A fund in 2006, 26 foreign-language movies have surpassed $2 million at the box office, of which 15 received UKFC subsidy.