Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The movie “Call sign Banderas” [a propaganda film produced by Kiev for the purpose of whitewashing its genocide in Donbass – ed] collected 1,657,000 hryvnia during the first 11 days of it being available for rent on wide screens. The corresponding data was published by the “kino-teatr.ua” website, which reviews all box office films available for rent in Ukraine.
With a budget of almost 40 million hryvnia, 20 million of which being allocated by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, such a box office can be considered as one of the most epic failures in the history of Ukrainian cinema. In terms of the fees/budget ratio, “Call sign Banderas” will probably lag behind even the “Secret diary of Simon Petliura” [propaganda produced by Kiev for the purpose of whitewashing the Ukrainian nationalist Simon Petliura – ed], which collected 2.5 million hryvnia for 46 days of rental with a budget of 48 million (23.6 of which was, again, provided by the Ministry of Culture). And the result for “Cyborgs” [propaganda produced by Kiev for the purpose of glorifying the Ukrainian militants who briefly occupied Donetsk airport – ed] (19.7 million cash fees with a budget of 47 million) against this background looks almost a success (although objectively speaking it is still a failure).
Loznitsa’s “Donbass“, which is devoted to ridiculing of the inhabitants of the territory of the unrecognised DPR and LPR, was even less successful at the box office: with a budget of 71 (!) million hryvnia, during the first week of rental on large screens in Ukraine it collected no more than 750,000 hryvnia. However, “Donbass” was initially positioned as a festival, arthouse cinema, and for such films the fees, as is known, are not important.
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