People stand in line to buy tickets for the film "8 Apellidos Vascos" (8 Basque Surnames) at a cinema in central Madrid March 30, 2014. REUTERS/Andrea Comas
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MADRID:Spanish filmgoers are queueing up for a surprise hit comedy about Basques and separatist guerrillas -- complete with jokes about car-bombings -- in a film that would have been unthinkable in Spain before now.The movie, "8 Apellidos Vascos" (8 Basque Surnames), has viewers in stitches over the cultural divide between a slick-haired young man from southern Spain and his Basque girlfriend.The taboo-breaking film racked up 16 million euros ($22 million) at the box office in its first three weekends -- a boon for the stricken national film industry where it is rare for a Spanish movie to gross more than 10 million euros.The movie has broken several rules of the Spanish film industry.It has been a huge hit in the Basque country's biggest city Bilbao -- where Spanish films are not usually successful.
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