Gaspar Noé on ‘Vortex’ and Dario Argento – Specialized box office – Deadline

Vortex – which opened to a packed house at the IFC center in New York this weekend – has an unusual star, Dario Argento. Here’s how the film’s director, Gaspar Noe, won the iconic Italian horror filmmaker his first lead role.

“There were three reasons,” he said yes, Noe told Deadline. “The first, he says, because you are my friend and I like your films. » [Noe has known Argento for 30 years and is friendly with his daughter, Asia Argento.] “The second and the third, because I told him I wouldn’t give him any lines to learn. That he could improvise his dialogue. He could invent his character on his own. I said, ‘I’ll just do the camera and editing. Then you will direct your part, and I will direct mine.’ In fact, the script he showed Argento was only ten pages long.

Vortex follows an elderly couple in crisis. Argento plays a heartfelt author and film critic; his wife, played by famous French actress Françoise Lebrun, is a retired psychiatrist who falls into dementia, an illness from which Noe’s mother suffered towards the end of her life. Vortex is a departure for the Paris-based Argentinian, known for his edgy shocks (Irreversible, step into the void, Climax. “It’s a realistic film,” he said. “There is a real sweetness. »

Argento has 14 screen credits over a 50-year film career, but most of the uncredited work was a voiceover in one of his own films or a small cameo. Vortex, which debuted at Cannes and the NYFF, is her feature film debut. the sighs The director was surprised “when I told him it was about an old couple,” Noe said, “he thought it would be a horror movie.”

“He is so charismatic. I was sure he would be good, but I wasn’t sure he would accept.

Utopia grossed $17,057. IFC’s top performer. Ironically, the crowd was young. Noe’s films are young. This is generally the case with the Utopia distributor (Shiva Baby, We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, The Scary of Sixty-first) and they filled six sold-out shows with Q&As from the director. Vortex moves to major markets next weekend on at least 50 screens, including Regal, AMC, Landmark and more art house.

Other specialized openings this weekend:

IFC Midnight Hatching, Hanna Bergholm’s Finnish-language feature debut, grossed $140,000 from 186 screens (theatrically only through May 17) its opening weekend for a per-theater average of $753. The 2022 Sundance Film Festival Midnight Section favorite has received strong reviews and is certified 91% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen, from Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber, is looking at projected single-screen weekend earnings of $6,318. It’s Friday to Saturday, it was $5,318.

Hello Bookstore from Greenwich Entertainment grossed $6,000 on a single screen, New York’s Film Forum. The film is the story of a beloved small-town bookstore and its charismatic owner struggling to survive the pandemic. The film expands to LA on May 13 Exclusive to theaters for 60 days.

Bird of Fire from Roadside Attractions grossed $55,310 from 90 screens for an estimated average per screen of $615.

The Duke by Sony Pictures Classics grossed $122,607 from 57 screens in Week 2 (vs. 4 last week), averaging $2,151 per screen and grossing $162,181. The picture opened last weekend as part of a deal with the Angelika Film Center that offered patrons a free ticket for a week. Laemmle Theaters launched the so-called Bring a Friend Back To The Movies initiative this week at Pasadena Playhouse 7 and Encino Town Center 5, and May 6 at Claremont, Monica Film Center and Newhall. SPC said the idea is to help bring an elusive older audience back to theaters ahead of a hopefully permanent increase planned by Downtown Abbey: A New Era later in May.

Additionally, with the growing attention to Indian cinema since RRR, Comscore offered a summary of the weekend:

Prime Media’s Acharya in 396 locations debuted over the weekend at $1.412 million for a solid PTA of $3,567.

Yash Raj Films has opened Track 34 to 330k$ in 350 locations for a PTA of 943$.

Fifty open Kaathuvaakula Rendered Kaadhal in 184 locations at $270,000 for a PTA of $1,467.

Opening of Viva Entertainment Heropanti 2 in 280 locations at $115,000.

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