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Serbia has a local theatrical hit on its hands with The Only Way Out

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- Darko Nikolić's first feature has sold almost 40,000 admissions after ten days on release

Serbia has a local theatrical hit on its hands with The Only Way Out
Andjelka Prpić in The Only Way Out

The first Serbian film to be released in cinemas this year, The Only Way Out, directed by Darko Nikolić, has also become the first local hit, selling 38,679 tickets after two weekends on 55 screens and grossing €131,353.

Cinemas in Serbia have been open since September, with health-and-safety measures in place. The multiplexes do not have a set capacity, but rather employ distancing measures between every pair of seats. “The highest number of visitors who can sit together if they arrived as a group is six, and on each side, there has to be an empty seat. The box-office system is set up so as to ‘block’ seats next to the ones that have been purchased or reserved online,” says Andjela Vulin, PR of the Serbian branch of Cineplexx.

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The Only Way Out is a thriller starring Andjelka Prpić, known to local audiences as a TV comic, and this is her first leading role in a feature film. The synopsis, based on the screenplay by novelist and TV writer Marko Popović, reads: six years after her husband, a famous Belgrade lawyer, died in a fire, Ana (Prpić) receives information that calls into question everything she thought she knew about the tragedy, but also about her family. In parallel, police inspector Dejan (Ljubomir Bandović) is dragged into a series of crimes that started when a young lawyer went missing six years earlier. The two heroes start searching for the truth and face a web of lies, blackmail and murder, as well as dark secrets from their own past.

The Only Way Out was produced by Belgrade-based company Stanković i sinovi, and is distributed by Art Vista.

In its second weekend, the film dropped to second position in the box-office chart as Warner Bros' Tom and Jerry, distributed by Blitz, premiered, racking up 22,603 admissions and grossing €73,238. Other films currently on release in Serbia include standard Hollywood fare, such as The Little Things, Marksman and Wonder Woman 1984, but also European children's films such as Lassie Come Home by Germany's Hanno Olderdissen, The Fantastic Return to Oz by Russia's Fyodor Dmitriev and Pelle Svanslös by Sweden's Christian Ryltenius.

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