A documentary on the life and work of opera legend Luciano Pavarotti, has become the first major documentary feature to be released in Saudi Arabia on July 25. Front Row Filmed Entertainment, the Middle-East’s leading independent film distributor and the Kuwait National Cinema Company (KNCC) own all MENA rights for Pavarotti, which will be released at VOX Cinemas and AMC Cinemas.
This comes 15 years after Front Row broke new grounds in the region by being the first distributor to release a documentary theatrically in Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.
Directed by Academy Award-winner Ron Howard and produced by the same team behind the highly acclaimed The Beatles: Eight Days A Week, the documentary features history making performances and intimate interviews, including never-before-seen footage and cutting-edge Dolby Atmos technology.
Pavarotti was initially released in the US by CBS Films on June 4 on nineteen screens to critical and commercial acclaim, achieving the second-highest per theatre average on its opening weekend and boasting an impressive 88% critic score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, alongside a 97% audience score. Currently showing on 280 screens in the US, the box office collections currently stand at over $1.1 million with a strong continuing daily performance. Hanway is handling international sales. The documentary will continue its expansion in the US and is expected to reach 400 screens by mid-July.
“Luciano Pavarotti was and still is a musical and cultural icon. His voice united people from all corners of the world and he was an inspiration to millions,” said Gianluca Chakra, CEO of Front Row Filmed Entertainment. “We are incredibly proud to be representing Pavarotti and for it to be the first major documentary to be released in Saudi Arabia as we are firm believers in its potential to wow audiences in the Kingdom.”
Front Row/KNCC will also be releasing the documentary across key theaters in the GCC and Lebanon on July 4. Tickets will be available soon on the cinema websites across the region and on the AMC and Vox Cinemas websites in Saudi Arabia.