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The film has set records since its opening day. It received its first Golden Reel for 25,000 viewers after its first week. Foto: Karantanija Cinemas

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The comedy Pr’Hostar has become Slovenia's most-watched movie

The film had its origins on YouTube
17. July 2017 ob 21:32
Ljubljana - MMC RTV SLO

Slovenia's post-independence box office rankings now look different: With 209,859 tickets sold, the comedy Pr'Hostar (Hostar Inn) has overtaken Gremo mi po svoje (Let's Go Our Own Way).

The youth comedy about a scout troop was seen by 208,646 people, while the number three spot on the list of post-1991 Slovenian films belongs to Petelinji zajtrk (Rooster's Breakfast) with 183,093 tickets sold.

The director of Pr'Hostar – a movie described as a sensation soon after its premiere -- is Luka Marčetič. Goran Hrvaćanin and Dejan Krupić, who wrote the screenplay, also star in the movie.

Records keep getting broken
The film has set records since its opening day. It received its first Golden Reel for 25,000 viewers after its first week. The second Golden Reel came after the second week and the third after just eleven days. Several big Golden Reels followed, and in less than three months, it became the most-watched film of 2016. Its creators also received the Spotlight award for best screenplay, and finally, two more Golden Reels to mark 150,000 and 200,000 viewers.

Four years ago, the online series Pr'Hostar became a bona fide Slovenian sensation on YouTube. The team, familiar to Slovenian audiences from skits, had filmed stories about wild guys from the Gorenjska region, featuring rough language and amusing characters. When the videos received 500,000 and then a million views, the members of the team decided to make their first feature film.

The comedy takes viewers to the idyllic countryside of the Gorenjska region and a small hotel known as Pr'Hostar, which has found itself in financial difficulties. The man responsible for its troubles is the inn's stingy and greedy director, but the stubborn staff members are also to blame.

A. K.
Translated by J. B.