The collection of Spanish cinema, far from that of 2019
Just a week ago the second edition of the Spanish Film Day was celebrated, in the middle of the Film Festival, with a barrage of activities to claim its heritage value and at the same time the good moment it is experiencing in terms of quality, diversity and recognition in international festivals , although the box office is still a long way from backing up that optimism.
So far this year, Spanish cinema has raised 49.1 million euros, according to data collected by the Institute of Cinematography (ICAA), which means that 2022 will end above what was achieved in 2021 (41.7 million ) and in 2020 (42.7 million) but far from pre-pandemic levels (94 million in 2019 and close to 104 in 2018).
A trend, that of overcoming the last two years but still well behind the pre-pandemic that has also been reflected in the balance of spectators during the XIX edition of the Film Festival, which was held from Monday to Thursday of the week pass. There were a total of 1,291,799 viewers, according to provisional data from consulting firm Comscore. The data represents 82.2% more than the previous edition held in May, the first post-pandemic, which had 704,927 attendees, yes, in just three days and on spring dates that traditionally register less participation than those in autumn.
If the result is compared with the October 2019 edition, the last one before the covid outbreak, a drop in attendance of 44% is observed, since then 2.29 million viewers were counted in three days.
For the main federation of cinema exhibitors, FECE, the results are "very positive." "We have passed the May edition and we see a positive evolution, we hope that these data will be consolidated in future editions and we will reach figures like those we had before the pandemic," said Luis Gil, general director of FECE. The most watched movie was Smilean American horror film directed by Parker Finn.