Italian Movies in Europe By Country

The infographic shows that Switzerland is the European country that imported the highest number of Italian films between 2007 and 2016. This result can be easy explained by the presence of an Italian speaking area within Switzerland (Tessin and Grigioni Cantons). It means that between Switzerland and Italy there is not just a geographical proximity, but also linguistic and cultural affinities that allow the trade of Italian films (popular comedies included) in the Helvetic Confederation. In Switzerland, 5,4% of imported films come from Italy, while in France the quota is about 5.6%. Between 2007 and 2016, France imported less foreign films than Switzerland (thanks to its successful national cinema), but it has been particularly open to Italian production. This is extremely important for Italian cinema since France is one of the top European countries in terms of pre-capita admissions in theaters and number of inhabitants. The third country in importing Italian films is Spain (199), followed by Portugal (168).

In general, the infographic shows that the main markets for Italian films are regions related to Italy by geographic and cultural affinities: Southern of Europe, and in particular the Mediterranean and the Latin areas. There are also relevant national markets without specific affinities with Italy. Among them, the Netherlands and Belgium, that imported respectively 149 and 89 Italian films. Unfortunately, they have small national markets in terms of inhabitants/moviegoers.