Samuel Goldwyn Films
sent this update which offers a good shot of hope for the changing distribution landscape as it pertains to foreign language films in the United States
whose theatrical market share has dwindled to 1%.
Lucia Puenzo’s Argentine film “The German Doctor” has had an incredibly strong iTunes success. It was released on iTunes following its April
theatrical release. As of the last update this August 2014, it was number 18 on the overall iTunes movie chart – the only foreign language film
in the top 50. It was ahead of top indies like “Snowpiercer” (So. Korea) and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (U.S.), as well as major Hollywood films like
“Frozen”. It’s also (obviously!) the number one foreign language film.
This level of digital success for a foreign language film is truly exceptional, and is something worthy of editorial mention. It’s part of larger
paradigm shift that we are seeing more and more. As the theatrical business grows ever more challenging for foreign language films, platforms like
iTunes are bringing these films to underserved theatrical audiences nationwide, and are increasing the financial viability of foreign film
According to Box Office Mojo, it
has grossed US $3,018,392 in the 13 countries it has been released in so far. It has been sold by Pyramide in more
than 30 territories. The U.S. release by the Samuel Goldwyn was April 25, 2014 and it grossed US $418,392 in 8 weeks in 39 theaters.
It premiered in Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013. In April 2014 it won Camilo Vives Platinum Award
for Best Iberoamerican Coproduction at the Panama International Film Festival. It won the Audience Award at St. Petersburg Film Festival and at the 2nd
Unasur Cine International Film Festival it won awards for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actress and Best New Actress. It went on to play at San
Sebastian Film Festival’s Horizontes Latinos section and was Argentina’s submission for the foreign language Oscar.
It continued to play the festival circuit worldwide and its ISA and coproducer, Pyramide International, continued to
sell to U.S.-Samuel Goldwyn, Albania, ExYugoslavia: Bosnia, Croatia, Herzegovina, , Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia – Obala Art Center,
Argentina – Distribution Company, Australia/ N.Z. – Madman Ent., Bolivia and Chile – Los filmes De La Arcadia, Brazil – Imovision, Colombia – Cine Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama –
Palmera International, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico – Wiesner Distribution,, Greece-Videorama, Hungary – Vertigo, Ireland – Peccadillo, Israel –
Nachshon, Peru – PUCP, Poland – Hagi, So. Korea – Company L, Switzerland – Xenix, Taiwan – Swallow Wings Films, Turkey – Medyavizion, U.K.
It was reviewed in SydneysBuzz by Carlos Aguilar.