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US films dominate Swiss cinema scene

“Pane e Tulipani” (“Bread and Tulips”) by Swiss-Italian director Silvio Soldini, was the most successful non-American production in Switzerland last year


American-made films pulled the biggest audiences in Swiss cinemas in 2000, totally dominating the top 10 list. The most successful non-US production was the Swiss-Italian film "Pane e Tulipani" ("Bread and Tulips").

Procinema, which represents the country's movie houses and film distributors, says a total of 15.6 million tickets were sold in Switzerland last year. That's about 160,000 more than in 1999, when the most popular film was the British-made "Notting Hill".

The top 10 table of movies in 2000 was totally dominated by US productions, with "American Beauty" attracting the biggest audiences (624,500 tickets), followed by "The Sixth Sense", "Erin Brockovich", "Mission Impossible II" and "Gladiator".

A film co-financed by Switzerland, "Pane e Tulipani" ("Bread and Tulips") by Swiss-Italian director Silvio Soldini, was the most successful non-American production, in 13th place with 237,000 tickets sold.

The Procinema statistics revealed that US movies took a 75.8 share of the Swiss market, with French productions a long way behind in second place, accounting for 7.9 per cent. Swiss-made films attracted audiences of around 700,000, accounting for 4.7 per cent of the market.

Figures also show that the number of Swiss cinemas increased in 2000 from 329 to 335, and that the average cost of a ticket rose slightly, to SFr13.4 ($8.12).

Easily the most popular film ever screened in Switzerland was "Titanic", seen by nearly two million people in 1998.

swissinfo with agencies


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