Kids Pics Open Big In Slovenia And Croatia
Two children’s films have had impressive openings this week in Slovenia and Croatia. Miha Hocevar’s sequel Going Our Way 2 had the best local opening ever in Slovenia when it debuted last weekend. The film about a group of scouts at summer camp grossed $187,872 on 24 screens, beating the record set by Hocevar’s original Going Our Way in 2010. According to Cineuropa, it had topped $236,000, including previews, as of Thursday. The original film ended its run with $1.08M in 2011. In Croatia, Silvije Petranovic’s The Little Shoemaker scored the second-best local opening ever, behind this year’s EFA-nominated The Priest’s Children, and stood at $138,500 as of yesterday. It’s about a shoemaker’s apprentice who sets off on an adventure. The live-action film follows the animated original from 1997 that was based on The Brave Adventures Of Lapitch, a 1913 novel by Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic.

SND Books Sales For ‘Yves Saint Laurent’ At AFM
After screening the first footage of hot biopic Yves Saint Laurent at the AFM, sales company SND pacted on further territories including Taiwan (Catchplay), Latin America (Swen) and Belgium (Eone Benelux). Negotiations are underway in Japan, Korea and Italy. The film by Jalil Lespert had previously sold to The Weinstein Co for the U.S. and to eOne for the UK, Canada and Australia, among other deals. Pierre Niney plays the titular designer and SND is releasing in France on January 8th. Check out the subtitled trailer here. TrustNordisk Sending ‘A Second Chance’ To Multiple Territories
Also at the AFM, TrustNordisk closed a series of deals on Susanne Bier’s upcoming Danish film A Second Chance. Shooting starts this month on the picture that asks the question: How far are decent human beings willing to go when tragedy blurs the line between the just and unjust? Among the territories stepping on board are Germany and Austria (Prokino), Australia and New Zealand (MadMan), Japan (Longride), Benelux (Cineart), Israel (Lev Cinema) and ex-Yugoslavia (Discovery). Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars in his first leading Danish role in over 10 years.