With titles such as Pitbull and Mafia Women, violent Polish-language thrillers are demonstrating a cult success some even denting the UK top 10. But can they win over mainstream audiences?
It is a late Saturday afternoon in Walthamstow , north-east London, and business is slow at the Empire cinema, as it usually is on hot days. Nevertheless, 13 people have chosen a brutal thriller over an extra few hours in the sunshine. Pitbull: Last Dog, which opened the previous weekend on 279 screens, will have escaped the attention of most cinemagoers. It’s certainly more stomach-churning than the average multiplex fare. One female has her throat slashed in the first five minutes; another is placed under a carpet and then beaten violently with belts by a gang of thugs. A dead man is shot in the mouth at point-blank scope, while a crook pouring acid on a corpse tells his cohort charmingly:” If you make it without puking, I’ll buy you a whore .”
Pitbull: Ostatni pies( Pitbull: Last Dog ) is the latest in a run of movies to have dented the UK box office top 10 despite being marketed exclusively at the Polish community.( At the time of writing it has taken around PS340, 000.) This year has already brought one hit, Kobiety mafii( Mafia Women ), which took virtually PS900, 000 in the UK and Ireland. Last year, the grisly 18 -rated medical drama Botoks amassed PS1. 06 m, stimulating it not only the third highest-grossing foreign-language release of 2017( after Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden and the Bollywood reach Raees) but the most successful Polish cinema ever in the UK.
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