PODGORICA: According to the Film Centre of Montenegro, domestic films saw a substantial decline from 27,191 admissions and 100,897 EUR gross in 2017 to 996 admissions and 3,348 EUR gross in 2018. Two domestic films released in 2017 had more than 24,500 admissions.
Three domestic films were released in 2018: Lazy Guy / Lijenština directed by Aleksa Stefan Radunović and produced by Andisheh Namvari (with 534 admissions), Iskra directed by Gojko Berkuljan and produced by Montenegro’s Trust Agency in coproduction with Serbia’s Cinamon Production (194 admissions), and Mirsada directed by Danilo Marunović and produced by Koala Production (264 admissions).
Lazy Guy received the Jury’s Special Mention at the 2018 CINEDAYS – CineBalkan in Sjopje and the Special Jury Prize at the Montenegro Film Festival. Gojko Berkuljan’s debut feature Iskra has been chosen as Montenegro’s official entry for the US Academy Awards in the Foreign Language Film category, while the documentary Mirsada was awarded best documentary at the 2018 South-East European Film Festival in Berlin-Paris.
In 2018 total admissions were 285,359 and total box office was 1,082,157 EUR compared to 281,487 total admissions and 1,056,749 EUR total gross in 2017.
There were only two domestic films released theatrically in 2017, the contemporary romantic comedy Diamond of Boyana / Biser Bojane directed by Milan Karažić and produced by Montenegro’s MM Production Montenegro in coproduction with Serbia’s Visionteam, which had 14,612 admissions, and the comedy/drama The Books of Knjige: Cases of Justice / The Books of knjige: Slučajevi pravde directed by Zoran Marković and produced by TBOK Production, with 12,622 admissions.