The 2017 crop of films has not produced a popular youth film such as Selfie 69 by Cristina Iacob (with 150,384 admissions in 2016), a comedy like Two Lottery Tickets by Paul Negoescu (133,788 admissions in 2016) or a festival darling such as Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation (55,533 admissions in 2016).
The 19 films released in 2017 include six debut features and three long documentaries, while other four debut features are ready to be released in 2018. Only three debut features and two documentaries were theatrically released in 2016.
According to statistics provided by Cinemagia, the most successful domestic films so far this year are serge ioan celebidachi’s debut feature Octav (with 48,121 admissions) and Nae Caranfil’s new comedy 6.9 on the Richter Scale (with 32,996 admissions).
Domestic documentaries, however, were more popular in 2017. "Planet Petrila" by Andrei Dascalescu had 4,756 admissions, while "Dead Nation" by Radu Jude had 4,075 admissions. In 2016 the documentary Cinema, mon amour by Alexandru Belc sold 3,355 tickets, while the second documentary released last year, Bondoc by Mihai Voinea, Mihai Mincan and Cristian Delcea, sold only 481 tickets.
Source: Film New Europe