French go mad about The Guilty

By Annika Pham / Nordisk Film & TV Fond



Gustav Möller´s film is the summer ‘coup de coeur´ in France, watched by nearly 130,000 people in three weeks.


After it´s flying start at Sundance where it won the Audience Award, the Danish suspense film starring Jakob Cedergren has received rave reviews across the board in France, notably from Telerama and Le Figaro who compare Swedish born Möller to Hitchcock.


Released by ARP Selection on July 18, the film opened on 76 French screens and attracted 51,612 spectators. In its third week, the film dropped only by 21% and posted 129,069 admissions from a larger number of screens (107). 


“The admissions match our expectations,” says ARP Selection´s Eric Vicente. “The Guilty is not only an arthouse film. It is an elevated genre film done with maestria. That is the reason why we have released the film in both original and dubbed version, at the same time in arthouse cinemas and multiplexes”, notes the acquisition executive.


In Denmark, the Nordisk Film release has passed 130,000 admissions since its June 14 launch. The film opened yesterday in The Netherlands (September Film) and Arthaus is launching it today in Norway. No date has been finalized yet for the Swedish release by Nordisk Film Distribution.


The Guilty was first pitched at Copenhagen´s Nordic Talents 2015 by Möller and Nordisk Film Spring producer Lina Flint where it won a Special Mention. TrustNordisk handles world sales.