Tuesday, 20 January 2015 - 08:50
Theatres packed for The Interview debut
Theaters in Utrecht and The Hague were nearly packed last night for the first official screening of the controversial film The Interview in the Netherlands. Movie lovers in Amsterdam had a slightly less enthusiastic response. The cinemas in Utrecht and the Hague were nearly full. The tickets for the Louis Hartlooper Complex were nearly sold out last week, with a total of 106 people watching the movie in that cinema. The Filmhuis in The Hague, which can accommodate 75 people, only had a few seats empty. The Ketelhuis in Amsterdam had about 40 empty seats. The pre-premiere was organized by film club Amongst Friends. This film club arranges a preview of a special title every month. The Interview will be on screens in the rest of the Netherlands from January 29th. The film, in which the North Korean leader Kim Jung-un is ridiculed, caused a lot of commotion. Producer Sony became the victim of a massive cyber attack, which resulted in many movies and sensitive correspondence ending up on the street. The American intelligence service CIA suspects North Korea is behind the attack in retaliation for the movie making fun of Kim Jung-un. In the United States the so-called Sony hacking case led to many cinemas refusing to show the film for fear of attacks.