Director Maria Peters, who worked for no less than fifteen years on the film adaptation of the life of the first female orchestra leader Antonia Brico (1902-1989), is very happy: “In which a small country like the Netherlands can be big. It is really special and I am proud that this important story about a Dutch woman is going around the world. ”
Maria Peters (center) during the filming in Bulgaria.
China has no fewer than 10,000 cinemas and 55,000 screens. Only a limited number of foreign films are admitted to the Chinese market each year. Many films fail the strict Chinese censorship. Dutch films such as ‘The fourth man’, ‘Zwartboek’ and ‘De Prooi’ preceded ‘De dirigent’, but certainly the first two were ‘only’ about a few hundred copies, while now it concerns about five thousand pieces goes.
Producer Dave Schram of the Shooting Start Film Company is therefore not lucky: “It doesn’t get through to me yet, but 5000 cinemas are normally only reserved for the big American blockbusters. I am incredibly honored. ”
According to distributor Li Xuejian, the Chinese were immediately charmed by the Dutch production: “During the screening for cinema operators here in China, it turned out that this historical and romantic story from the Netherlands could count on applause after the performance and we had to expand our distribution strategy.”
Shooting Star Filmcompany is also the producer of the film “De Prooi” by Dick Maas, which was the first Dutch film to successfully conquer the Chinese market on a large scale. “De Preoi” generated sales of US $ 4 million in its first week.
With the release of “The Conductor” in Chinese cinemas, the international triumphal march continues. The 2018 film was previously sold to Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Turkey, Spain, Germany, Brazil, France, Finland and Canada and won the Audience Award Best Feature at the American Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) last summer. . Last month, the film was even declared a “work of great cultural importance” by President Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica. An honor rarely awarded to foreign films.