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"Katyn" Off To Promising Start

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire March 5, 2009 at 5:19AM

Andrzej Wajda's "Katyn," about to enter its third weekend of limited released through Koch Lorber Distribution, is off to a promising start in its first two weeks at New York's Film Forum.
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Andrzej Wajda's "Katyn," about to enter its third weekend of limited released through Koch Lorber Distribution, is off to a promising start in its first two weeks at New York's Film Forum.

The film opened to a decent $11,053 two weeks ago, and then actually increased its gross 28.5% in its second weekend, grossing $14,206. It topped indieWIRE's box office chart both weekends.

"We're very pleased to see that the long-awaited new film by Andrzej Wajda, one of the world's greatest living filmmakers, is playing to such enthusiastic audiences at Film Forum," said Film Forum's Mike Maggiore. "The film grossed over $22,280 in its second week, which is a 26% increase over its first, with most of the shows selling out this past weekend. We think this is due in part to Wajda's reputation and the strong reviews the film received in the New York Times and The New Yorker especially, but also to the support of Polish-Americans. Remember that for decades, the word "Katyn" was verboten in Poland. No Polish feature film has ever dealt with this extraordinarily important piece of Polish history before."

The distributor, Koch Lorber Films, advertised in the Polish daily Nowy Dziennik and worked closely with the Polish Cultural Institute to get the word out. The film is now held over another week at Film Forum.