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Los cines y las distribuidoras de Eslovaquia recurren a las iniciativas en línea

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- Los operadores de cine del país han calculado que sus pérdidas sobrepasan los 4,5 millons de euros en marzo

Los cines y las distribuidoras de Eslovaquia recurren a las iniciativas en línea
El traidor de Marco Bellocchio forma parte de las cintas que el Kino Lumiere de Bratislava proyecta en streaming actualmente

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After a strong 2019 in cinemas (see the news), and with a record-breaking opening for the domestic film Scumbag [+lee también:
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earlier this year (see the news), Slovakian cinemas were looking set for a good start to the 2020 season. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has thwarted expectations, as all of the cinemas were forced to close their doors following the preventive measures taken to ensure social distancing and self-isolation. The Slovakian Association of Cinema Operators and Union of Film Distributors have calculated the losses for the period 10-26 March 2020 to be €4,660,652 (total box-office revenue, including income from renting out space, selling refreshments and advertisement), based on the average numbers for 2019 (total earnings of €37,258,401, monthly average of €3,104,867 and daily average of €102,078). The cinemas are expected to remain shuttered for at last six more weeks.

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Some cinema operators are resorting to online screenings in order to recoup part of the losses. The city cinema Kino Lumiere in the capital of Bratislava, run by the Slovak Film Institute, has started up a “home cinema” initiative. Unlike on VoD services, the films are screened as a livestream without the option of stopping or rewinding. Viewers can interact with each other before, during or after the movie via chat. Kino Lumiere is currently livestreaming Céline Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire [+lee también:
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, Nicolas Bedos' La Belle Époque [+lee también:
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and Marco Bellocchio's The Traitor [+lee también:
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. The Slovak Association of Film Clubs is also rolling out some of its acquisitions online as video on demand, including Grímur Hákonarson's Rams [+lee también:
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, Michael Haneke's Happy End [+lee también:
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and Damián Szifron's Wild Tales [+lee también:
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The Slovakian arm of VoD service DAFilms has recorded a three-fold hike in viewership numbers during the quarantine period (although the Slovak branch only started operations on 1 February 2020). The most-watched titles are Pavol Pekarčík's Silent Days [+lee también:
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(which can be streamed free of charge), Marko Škop’s drama Let There Be Light [+lee también:
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, Jiří Havelka's comedy Owners [+lee también:
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, which recently netted prizes at the Czech Lion Awards (see the news) and the Czech Film Critics’ Awards (see the news), Juro Šlauka's Punk Never Ends! [+lee también:
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, and Little Harbour [+lee también:
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by Iveta Grófová. Most recently, the young distribution company Filmtopia decided to roll out an online initiative, starting with the award-winning Macedonian documentary Honeyland [+lee también:
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by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov, which was nominated for the 92nd Academy Awards in the Best International Feature Film and Best Documentary Feature categories, and the documentary Solo [+lee también:
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by producer-director Artemio Benki, which won the Czech Joy! Best Documentary Award at the 2019 Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival.

On 22 April, Slovakia began relaxing its strict pandemic preventive measures, a process that is now unfolding in four phases. According to this plan, cinemas will open in the fourth phase, which is expected to take place on 3 June, on condition that the number of infected people doesn’t rise significantly during the process of opening up the domestic economy.

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