DCM Film, the German distribution and production outfit with credits including Quartet and Kon-Tiki, has bought into Zurich-based cinema group Arthouse Commercio Movie (ACM).
The chain, set up in the 1970s, operates seven theaters in the Swiss city and also has eight restaurants, with a ninth soon to open. As of July 15, DCM will take over programming, communications and marketing for the venues.
Arthouse Commercio owners Hans G. Syz and Nicolas von Graffenried said, “DCM is not just a distributor of films, but a producer too – and the name stands for hand-picked tales of high quality. The enterprise benefits from both a wealth of interdisciplinary expertise and an international network. They also have a stake in the Metrograph in New York. The insights ACM will be given into other markets and business models in the competitive film-viewing environment can only be to ACM’s advantage. What’s more, DCM demonstrate a real spirit of innovation, combined with a general openness.”
Dario Suter and Christoph Daniel, two of the partners in DCM (alongside Marc Schmidheiny ad Joel Brandeis), added, “Ever since the time when we, as grammar school pupils, used to spend our lunch hours in the “LunchKino” at Le Paris, it was clear that the Arthouse chain was the jewel in Zurich’s film scene. We want to keep the chain’s flair, but add value to it with our fresh ideas.”
The pair said that changes to the film-going experience are essential “otherwise we are in danger of losing our audiences over the course of the next couple of generations”.
“We distribute and produce films. By taking this stake in ACM, we immediately get a foothold in the places where the films are shown – the cinema – and this allows us to get closer to cinema-goers,” they added.
Stephanie Candinas, who heads up DCM’s operations in Switzerland where it also distributes, will manage ACM going forward. The company’s past releases include Moonlight.