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in Events / 10.05.2019

One Nation, One King opened the French Film Festival in the presence of director Pierre Schoeller

The film One Nation, One King / Un Peuple et son Roi (directed by Pierre Schoeller) opened the French Film Festival on May 8 in Bucharest, in the presence of the director. The next day, Schoeller met with the audience in Cluj.

One Nation One King presents the intertwining fates of the historical figures, the men and the women of the 1789 French revolution. Their place of meeting is a newly formed National Assembly, where they have to decide what will be the fate of King Louis XVI and how to build the Republic... Freedom has a history!

At the XXIIIth edition, the French Film Festival in Romania takes place from 8 to 19 May, being organized this year for the first time in 13 cities with 146 screenings.

The screenings will take place in Bucureşti (May 8 – 16), Cluj (May 9 – 12), Timişoara (May 9 – 13), Iaşi (May 11 – 14), Arad (May 9 – 11), Braşov (May 9 – 11), Brăila (May 10 – 12), Buzău (May 9 – 10), Constanţa (May 16 – 19), Piteşti (May 16 – 19), Sfântu Gheorghe (May 16 – 19), Sinaia (May 16 – 19) and Suceava (May 10 – 11).

The audience is invited to discover a selection of 23 films, structured around the four sections: Competition of Young Directors, Panorama of French Films of the Year, Cahiers du Cinema Week and Retrospective Week.

Photo: The director Pierre Schoeller and the romanian film critic Irina Margareta Nistor at the opening of the French Film Festival in Romania. (Source of images: Facebook Cinema Elvire Popesco).





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in Hollywood / 09.05.2019

Run - a new thriller from Searching Director Aneesh Chaganty

Aneesh Chaganty, the co-writer/director of last year’s computer screen mystery Searching, is following up that movie with a more traditionally-filmed thriller called Run.

Sarah Paulson (Glass, American Horror Story) stars opposite newcomer Kiera Allen, and Conan Hodgkinson in the thriller Run from Lionsgate.

Run follows a smart, cool teenager known as “Daughter” (Kiera Allen) who uses a wheelchair and is raised in complete isolation by “Mother” (Sarah Paulson), and the girl slowly learns that her mother is keeping a sinister secret.

Aneesh Chaganty: “Our last movie, Searching, featured a mostly Korean-American cast, but the plot had nothing to do with race or ethnicity. It was just a thriller. We all thought it would be really cool to advocate for a group of people who weren’t media-represented in a major way.

So when we started Run, we tried to do the same thing, except this time with a teenage lead who uses a wheelchair.

Maybe we were just coming off the high of Searching, but internally we never really discussed any other possibility apart from looking for a super-talented actress with a lower-body disability in real life, even though we knew the search to find this person would be insanely unconventional.

We had a great casting director, Rich Delia, who went out to [cast in the] “traditional way.” But ultimately, the most success came via a grassroots approach: word-of-mouth, flyers at theater groups and art programs, and outreach to disability-minded organizations around the country.

It was a months-long process with extremely specific parameters, but we were convinced that person was, statistically, out there. We just had to find her. And eventually, we did. It’s probably the thing I’m most proud of.”

Run will receive a wide release on January 24, 2020.




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in Hollywood / 06.05.2019

First trailer and poster for The Poison Rose

Lionsgate has released the official trailer for the indie noir thriller The Poison Rose, from writer/director George Gallo.

Inspired by classic film noir, The Poison Rose stars Carson Phillips (John Travolta), an ex-football star turned private investigator, who enjoys his share of drinking, smoking, and gambling.He takes on a seemingly routine missing persons case in his old home town.

Returning there after 15 years, he discovers a case of fraud, drug smuggling, crimes and a deadly ticking clock to solve the murder and uncover the town’s dirty secrets.

The Poison Rose is co-directed by filmmakers Francesco Cinquemani (Andron, Beyond the Edge) & George Gallo (a writer on Midnight Run, Bad Boys, The Whole Ten Yards; director of Local Color, My Mom's New Boyfriend, Middle Men, Columbus Circle, Bigger) & Luca Giliberto (making his directorial debut).

The impressive cast of Poison Rose features Morgan Freeman, Famke Janssen, Brendan Fraser, Peter Stormare, Ella Bleu Travolta, Kat Graham, Robert Patrick, Nadine Lewington, and Nick Vallelonga.

The Poison Rose marks the first on-screen collab between John Travolta and Morgan Freeman, and in will be released in select theaters starting May 24th.





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in Events / 24.04.2019

After: # 1 in Romania, Bulgaria and Czech Republic

Last weekend, Prorom released After in Romania and Bulgaria, and in both countries the much-anticipated adaptation of bestselling novels by Anna Todd took the weekend's top spot.

In Romania, After (released by Prorom and Ro Image) generated 48,120 admissions and took $ 215,980.

In Bulgaria, After (released by Prorom and BTV) was seen by 16,672 spectators and grossed $ 70,154.

Also, in the Czech Republic and Slovakia After had a great success at the box office: so far, it has been seen by 104,115 spectators. In Czech Republic, After took the # 1 spot this weekend - a really extraordinary performance - since last week premiered on third place. In Slovakia, After is currently ranked second. The total box office in these territories is $ 372,842.

In Hungary - After (released by Big Bang Media - a Prorom company), the first two weekend runs comprised over 61,047 admissions, after the 29.991 spectators had seen the film in the first weekend. Total revenue in Hungary is $ 301,089.

Worldwide, After brought in an estimated $ 48.6 million ($ 11,1 Domestic and $ 37,5 Internationally). The Buget was around $14 million.

In After, a young woman (Josephine Langford) falls for a guy (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin) with a dark secret and the two embark on a rocky relationship.




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in Interviews / 15.04.2019

Exclusive interview with Anna Todd: “If you like to be entertained, go see After!”

Here is an exclusive interview with the bestselling author of After series, Anna Todd. Anna visited Bucharest, Romania in october 2018 and we talked about the After movie that is going to be released in cinemas this weekend.

Hi Anna, nice to meet you! Because you’re an author I have to ask you.. You prefer read the book and then see the movie or vice-versa?
Anna Todd: Definitely the book first. Because I've always been a reader my whole life. So I rather read the book and then see the movie.

What was the inspiration for the After book besides the One Direction thing that everyone knows? Is there a specific book? Or a specific movie?
Anna: Yes there are a lot of different ones, honestly. For the book was mostly like Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Hemingway… When you read the After series you can see that the characters talk a lot about literature, so there a lot or parallels between those stories and mine. I was also inspired by the movies like 10 Things I Hate about You, She’s All that… because of the ending. Is kind of the same. Like it’s a deal kind of… the girls been tricked it in that situation. Also I got inspiration from Vampire Diaries… The character Hardin is not the typical romance hero. In my books he is more harsh than most…

I’m glad you mention 10 Things I Hate About You… I think is one of the greatest comedies of the ’90. They also made a sequel, but it didn’t have anything in common with the first one…

Anna: Yes… I hate when they do that! They do that with the Cruel Intentions… I loved that movie. Cruel Intentions is like After 2, you will see. But they do this with the second Cruel Intentions – and I was like “What was this??”. Like… I did not want that!

But you think that this first movie – After could be the beginning of a franchise? Or is just a standalone movie?
Anna: The After movie is the adaptation of the first book.  And even some of material from the first book we save it for… hopefully After 2. Because the first book is soooo long. It was impossible to fit it all.

You were involved in the production of the movie - you also worked at the screenplay?
Anna: Yeah, I got really lucky because we sold it to a smaller studio first, so I had a lot of control… I was at every casting, I chose the cast… I’m also a producer on the movie, I was on set every single day. So I was very involved. So I know exactly every scene.

So the Movie is a lot like you imagined to be…
Anna: Yes. Honestly it was a lot like this. I got to help choose some of the locations… if the bedroom didn’t look right or something in the room didn’t seem right we will move it. So I had a lot of control (laughing). We were really lucky.

Yes, you were! Not a lot of authors can do that…
Anna: Yes. Most of them can’t. So I got really lucky.

So when they choose the actors, you have some control?
Anna: Yes. Basically everyone that I want got the roles. But not just because of me, because we were all grup voting. But with Hero, specially… Hith him basically was “I will quit if you don’t hire him like… Now”. Because I knew it’s him. We met so many… and he wasn’t my favourite in the beginning, until I met him in person. And then I just knew… and everyone agreed with me. And then on the set they all said “Thank you”. Because he is perfect for this role. He is a Fiennes. Ralph Fiennes and Joseph Fiennes are his uncles. So he came from this business, he knows how to work hard and he is not like “lazy” or “millennial”… is really great!

How was with the director of the movie?
Anna: I got to meet a couple different choices. And she and I hit if off, and It was great. So I had some meetings with her before we started pre-production, and I worked a lot with the script… Some parts of the script I actually wrote myself. So it was a really collaborate effort.  A lot of times when the studios will buy adaptations they say “We want to keep closes to the book”… but they don’t. With mine, they didn’t have a choice, because I was always there (laughing).

The director read the book first?
Anna: Yes, she did. And also a big part of the cast, they read the whole series. So it was really good to have this people who really want to make it closes is possible. Of course, there are some things that we need it to change because of timing, but it was really good.

In the movie some things differ from the books...
Anna: Yes it’s a different medium. And I tried to tell my readers.. it’s never gonna be exactly the same, and for me it doesn’t bother me if the people say “the book is better”… because I made the book! (laughing). So I’m like… thank you!