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in Events / 23.01.2020

Night Shift – World premiere at this year’s Berlinale

The Berlin Film Festival has added a world premiere - special screening of Anne Fontaine’s Night Shift (Police), starring Omar Sy and Virginie Efira.

This year marks the 70th edition of Berlin International Film Festival and will be take place from 20 February to 1 March 2020.

The Berlin Film Festival and European Film Market (EFM - a film trade fair held simultaneously to the Berlinale) - are attended by around 20,000 professionals from over 130 countries. More than 4200 journalists produce media coverage in over 110 countries.

Based on a novel by Hugo Boris, Night Shift (Police) focuses on three Parisian police officers charged with driving a stranger back to the border. However, Virginie (Efira) realizes their prisoner will most likely be killed upon return to his country and so goes about attempting to convince her fellow officers to release him.

The protagonists of Night Shift, Anne Fontaine’s new film, with Omar Sy playing a dramatic role, are torn between desires and fears.

Along with Sy, Virginie Efira and Grégory Gadebois complete a trio of policemen and - women who represent a fascinating cross-section of French society.

Prorom will release Night Shift in 2020 in Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Slovakia.




in Hollywood / 20.01.2020

Lassie is back in cinemas!

Lassie, the most famous dog in film history, is back on cinema screens!

The heartwarming story of the inseparable friendship between a boy and his Collie dog is based on the wellknown original novel by Eric Knight.

Flo's best friend is his Collie Lassie. When his family is forced to give the dog away, Flo (Nico Marischka) is heartbroken. But Lassie isn’t easily separated from Flo and embarks on an adventurous journey across Germany, a journey back to her beloved friend Flo.

Lassie Come Home is directed by Hanno Olderdissen and stars Nico Marischka, Sebastian Bezzel, Anna Maria Mühe and Bella Bading.

The family entertainment adventure is produced by Henning Ferber through his LCH Film UG in co-production with Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany, Suedstern Film, and Traumfabrik Babelsberg. Warner Bros. will release the film theatrically in Germany.

Prorom will release the movie in 2020 in: Romania (on March 13), Hungary (March 12), Czech Republic and Slovakia (September 10), Moldova and Bulgaria.




in Events / 16.12.2019

Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson and Maggie Q will film in Romania the action-thriller The Asset

At the beginning of next year, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson and Maggie Q will film in Romania The Asset, directed by Martin Campbell, known for directing action films like GoldenEye, Casino Royale, Vertical Limit or The Mask of Zorro.

Written by Richard Wenk (The Equalizer, Renegades, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back), the film is the story of two assassins (Keaton and Maggie Q) in direct competition, assassins who hold secrets from the Vietnam War. When one of their mentors is killed, they have to make a compromise alliance to return to Vietnam to discover the criminal.

The Asset has a team of very famous producers, people who have been behind some of the most successful action films of recent years: Moshe Diamant (Hurricane Heist), Rob Van Norden (Rambo, Last Blood) and Arthur Sarkissian (Rush Hour).

Director Martin Campbell begin the pre-production in Romania. The local production is coordinated by Frame Film.

Filming will begin on January 8, 2020 and will take place over 10 weeks in Bucharest, at various locations in the center of the capital, with production moving then for one week to London and one to Vietnam.

Prorom will release The Asset in Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Slovakia.




in Hollywood / 12.12.2019

Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue! released in Romanian and Hungarian cinemas

Join the Paw Patrol as they race into action at the Adventure Bay 500 in this all-new special that will be released in cinemas on January 31, 2020!

For them, no challenge is too big and no puppy is too small...

It’s the Adventure Bay 500! The pups have built an awesome race track and are ready to be the pit crew for their race hero, The Whoosh! But when the legendary racer is unable to drive in the championship race, he calls on his biggest fan-pup Marshall to take the wheel and race in his place!

Marshall has to overcome his lack of confidence and his dastardly competition, The Cheetah, to fulfill his dream of becoming the fastest race-pup ever!

Get ready to race and rescue!

Directed by Charles E. Bastien, Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue! stars Anya Cooke, Isaac Emberson-Heeks, Lukas Engel and Addison Holley.

Prorom will release Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue! in Romania and Hungary on January 31, 2020.




in Events / 12.11.2019

After wins Drama Movie of 2019 at The E! People’s Choice Awards

Writer Anna Todd was awarded the People’s Choice trophy on Sunday November 10th during the star-studded ceremony at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangers.

The 2019 E! People's Choice Awards were a night to remember as Hollywood's biggest celebrities from TV, movies, music and pop culture took to the stage to accept their trophies.

The fans submitted over one billion votes during this year's PCAs voting period and it's finally time to reveal the 2019 winners list! (full list here).

Among the winners were: Pink (People's Champion Award), Gwen Stefani (Fashion Icon Award) and Jennifer Aniston (People's Icon of 2019).

Anna Todd’s After movie took home the Trophy for Drama Movie of 2019. In the same category, alongside After other successful films were nominated: Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood, Rocketman, Five Feet Apart, Glass, Us, Triple Frontier and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

After We Collided, the sequel to the smash hit After, starring Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin and Dylan Sprouse is currently in post-production and will be released by Prorom in 2020 in Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Slovakia.




in Hollywood / 04.11.2019

Norm of the North - back in cinemas with a King Size Adventure!

After the adventures from the second movie, Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom, our favourite Polar bear is back in this third instalment, King Sized Adventure. Norm, now king of the Arctic, embarks on a journey to China to recover a stolen artifact.

The franchise kicked off in 2016 with the theatrically released animated movie Norm of the North, which told the story of a talking polar bear that traveled to New York in an effort to save the Arctic from developers.

Norm of the North continues to gain steam in territories all over the world,” said Mevelyn J. Noriega, president of distribution for Splash Entertainment.

“More than just a series of movies, Norm is a full-fledged entertainment brand and we are delighted to share the hilarious and fun antics of the lovable polar bear and his pals with even more kids and families everywhere.”

In Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure, an ancient Chinese artefact has been stolen by a villainous archaeologist named Dexter. With the help of his Lemming friends, Norm must keep his word and embark on a journey across the world to help recover the artefact for the people of China.

The franchise will go on after this adventure with Norm of the North: Family Vacation and the still untitled Norm of the North 5.

Prorom will release Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure in Romania (on November 8, 2019), Bulgaria, Hungary (in 2020) and Czech Republic & Slovakia on March 13, 2020.




in Trailers / 14.10.2019

First Trailer for The Song of Names Starring Tim Roth & Clive Owen

HanWay Films has unveiled a trailer for the film The Song of Names, an emotional drama that spans two continents and half a century. This just premiered at the Toronto and San Sebastian Film Festivals, and will be opening in the US on Christmas Day at the end of this year.

The Song of Names tells the story of a prodigy violinist from Poland, who moves to London to study music at the beginning of WWII. The film splits the time between his youth, and years later when him and his British friend are both adults.

Tim Roth stars as the adult Martin, attempting to find his friend Dovidl who disappeared years ago. Clive Owen also co-stars, with a cast including Jonah Hauer-King, Gerran Howell, Catherine McCormack, Saul Rubinek, Richard Bremmer, Misha Handley, Luke Doyle, and Eddie Izzard.

Martin Simmonds (Tim Roth) has been haunted throughout his life by the mysterious disappearance of his “brother” and extraordinary best friend, a Polish Jewish virtuoso violinist, Dovidl Rapaport, who vanished shortly before the 1951 London debut concert that would have launched his brilliant career.

Thirty-five years later, Martin discovers that Dovidl (Clive Owen) may still be alive, and sets out on an obsessive intercontinental search to find him and learn why he left.

The Song of Names is directed by filmmaker François Girard (director of the films Cargo, The Red Violin, Silk, Boychoir and Hochelaga: Land of Souls). The screenplay is written by Jeffrey Caine, based on the book "Why Mahler?" by Norman Lebrecht.

Critics agree, The Song of Names “it's a lovely film, with a gorgeous music and strong emotions”.

Prorom will release The Song Of Names in Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary in 2020.

Sources: FirstShowing, Collider.




in Events / 09.08.2019

Horror Legend Guillermo Del Toro Finally Received His Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star

The beloved Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro received his Star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on Tuesday, August 6, following an illustrious and successful career spanning over 3 decades.

The Oscar-winning creative behind movies like Hellboy, Pacific Rim, Pan's Labyrinth, The Shape of Water, and Crimson Peak (plus many, many others) received the 2,669th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at a ceremony presided over by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Rana Ghadban, director J.J. Abrams, and singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey.

Ted Danson, Issa López, Ron Perlman (Hellboy himself!), Elliott Gould, Mary Steenburgen, Clifton Collins Jr., Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark director André Øvredal and the film's cast, and more were among the celebrity attendees come to honor the creative.

Beloved by critics and fans alike, del Toro has established himself as one of the most popular directors of our time.

He was born on October 9, 1964, in Guadalajara, Mexico, and became interested in filmmaking from a very early age—as young as 8 years old.

He was driven by a passion for creating stories and monsters that sprung from his fertile imagination, which is patently obvious when you watch pretty much any of his films. From dark fantasy (Pan's Labyrinth) to action-packed sci-fi (Pacific Rim), his films are captivating for both adults and children all around the world.

The ceremony came at a good time too, just three days before the release of the horror film Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the latest project in which del Toro was involved (as a producer and screenwriter).

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will open on August 9, 2019 in the US.

Prorom will release the movie in the Czech Republic and Slovakia on August 16 and Romania on August 23. In Hungary the horror will have its premiere on November 28.




in Events / 06.08.2019

Roger Kumble will direct After We Collided

We finally have a “captain” at the helm of After We Collided - the second, much anticipated sequel to After movie.

Director Roger Kumble will be taking the lead behind the camera, and his resume is something of cult classic movie magic!

Kumble made his feature-film-directorial debut with 1999’s Sony Pictures box-office hit, Cruel Intentions, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair. His screenplay transposed the French novel Dangerous Liaisons to modern New York.

He followed with the Sony Pictures comedy The Sweetest Thing, starring Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Jason Bateman and Thomas Jane, and New Line Cinema’s Just Friends, starring Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris and Amy Smart.

He also directed Martin Lawrence, Raven-Symoné and Donny Osmond in Disney’s successful family-comedy College Road Trip.

Most recently, he has directed episodes of the television series Entourage, Suits, Pretty Little Liars, Revenge and Ringer starring Cruel Intentions actors Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sean Patrick Thomas.

After We Collided, the sequel to blockbuster After will start shooting soon, and the cast include Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Josephine Langford, Selma Blair.

Prorom will release After We Collided in 2020 in the following territories: Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Slovakia.




in First Look / 12.07.2019

Haunt – A New Horror Thriller from Producer Eli Roth

A new Halloween movie is on the way! Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel, Death Wish) is producing Haunt, a horror film set on our favorite night of year at an extreme scare attraction.

On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real.

Haunt is directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the writing duo behind John Krasinski’s blockbuster A Quiet Place.

Katie Stevens, Will Brittain and Lauryn Alisa McClain will co-star in Haunt, along with Andrew Caldwell and Shazi Rajay.

Sierra / Affinity is financing and producing the project for worldwide distribution.

Producing with Roth are Todd Garner of Broken Road banner, as well as Mark Fasano, Ankur Rungta and Vishal Rungta of the Nickel City banner.

Sierra/Affinity’s Nick Meyer, Marc Schaberg and Josie Liang, Broken Road’s Jeremy Stein and Sean Robins and Nickel City’s Tobias Weymar will serve as executive producers.

Prorom has acquired the rights for Haunt in the following territories: Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Moldova, Slovakia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia.




in Events / 03.07.2019

Guillermo del Toro & Andre Ovredal Bringing Scary Stories to San Diego Comic-Con

As studios have begun announcing their lineups at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, it has been revealed that Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) and Andre Øvredal (Trollhunter) are bringing their upcoming adaptation of the classic horror novel series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark to the convention.

The duo will team up for a Master Class on scary storytelling on July 20 and will give fans an exclusive look at the upcoming adaptation of the novels, including how they brought Stephen Gammell’s terrifying illustrations to life on the big screen.

The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series was first published during the 1980s, written / adapted from folklore by Alvin Schwartz and gorily illustrated by Stephen Gammell. The film follows a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding the sudden and macabre deaths in their small town.

San Diego Comic-Con International is a multi-genre entertainment and comic convention held annually in San Diego, California, United States.

Originally showcasing primarily comic books and science fiction/fantasy related film, television, and similar popular arts, the convention has since included a larger range of pop culture and entertainment elements across virtually all genres, including horror, classic animation, anime, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels.

Along with panels, seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals, there are previews of upcoming feature films.
In 2010 and each year subsequently, it filled the San Diego Convention Center to capacity with more than 130,000 attendees.

In addition to drawing huge crowds, the event holds several Guinness World Records including the largest annual comic and pop culture festival in the world.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will open on August 9, 2019 in the US, in the Czech Republic and Slovakia on August 16 and Romania on August 23. In Hungary the horror will have its premiere on November 28.

Sources: Deadline, ComingSoon.net.




in Events / 25.06.2019

Playmobil opened Annecy 2019 in the presence of the director Lino DiSalvo

Playmobil: The Movie had its world premiere at Annecy International Animated Film Festival in the presence of its director Lino DiSalvo and producer Aton Soumache.

The event was presented by Marcel Jean – the artistic director of Annecy Film Festival.

Annecy International Animation Film Festival was created in 1960 and takes place at the beginning of June in the town of Annecy, France. Initially occurring every two years, the festival became an annual event in 1998.

The festival is a competition between cartoon films of various techniques (animated drawings, cut-out papers, modelling clay, etc.) classified in various categories: features, shorts, TV and advertising and Student films.

The very first images of Playmobil: The Movie were already unveiled last year at Annecy, while the feature film was still in production.

This year, in its finalized version, and for its world premiere, Lino DiSalvo’s unique creation returned to the Annecy Festival and opened the festivities in the presence of producers and its director!

In Playmobil: The Movie, Marla is forced to abandon her carefully structured life to embark on an epic journey to find her younger brother Charlie who has disappeared into the vast and wondrous animated world of Playmobil toys.

Prorom will release Playmobil: The Movie in Slovakia (August 29th), Czech Republic (September 12th), Bulgaria (September 20th), Hungary (September 26th) and Romania (September 27th).




in Hollywood / 13.06.2019

Child’s Play cast celebrates National Best Friend Day

The official Child’s Play Instagram and Facebook pages released an image with the cast of the upcoming horror movie celebrating National Best Friend Day.

The message accompanying the picture is: “The legendary cast of Child’s Play celebrated National Best Friend Day, and talked all things Chucky. See them on the big screen together next Friday!”.

The cast in the picture include Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill, Brian Tyree Henry and Gabriel Bateman who all seem very happy to welcome Chucky in their lives!

Child’s Play opens in US theaters on June 21.

Prorom will release Child’s Play in Hungary and Slovakia on June 20, in Romania on June 28 and in Czech Republic and Serbia on July 25.

#ChildsPlayMovie @childsplaymovie




in Trailers / 03.06.2019

Scary Stories final Trailer Brings the Iconic Book Series to Life

CBS Films has released the official Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trailer, bringing to life the iconic horror book series from the dark imaginations of Academy Award winner Guillermo Del Toro and acclaimed director André Øvredal.

It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind… but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large.

It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time - stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home.

The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series was first published during the 1980s, written / adapted from folklore by Alvin Schwartz and gorily illustrated by Stephen Gammell.

The movie is directed by André Ovredal and is co-written by Daniel and Kevin Hageman along with Guillermo del Toro, who provided the screen story (and is also the producer of the film).

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will star Zoe Margaret Colletti, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Michael Garza, Austin Zajur, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint and Natalie Ganzhorn.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will open on August 9, 2019 in the US, in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania on August 16, and in Hungary on November 28.




in Hollywood / 28.05.2019

Prorom launches animated family film Terra Willy in Romania and Hungary

This weekend, Prorom and Ro Image will release theatrically in Romania the 3D animated adventure Terra Willy. The SF comedy for the whole family is directed by Eric Tosti (The Jungle Bunch).

Following the destruction of their ship, young Willy is separated from his parents with whom he traveled through space. His rescue capsule lands on a wild and unexplored planet. With the help of Buck, a survival robot, he will have to hold on until the arrival of a rescue mission. Meanwhile, Willy, Buck and Flash, an alien creature which they befriended, are discovering the planet, its fauna, its flora... but also its dangers.

The adventure of Willy will be peppered with events or "mini-quests", as emotional as they are physical or precarious. And when our heroes think they have finally "domesticated" the planet (symbolically represented by a creature resembling a giant beetle which Willy is going "tame"), nature will reassert its rightful place…

Terra Willy is a coming-of-age tale, one of apprenticeship and even "redemption" through the intimate quest of our little hero's exploratory mission (Willy is partially responsible for his separation from his parents)Eric Tosti.

Over and beyond the vegetation and landscapes, the film will depict a wide variety of creatures, from the funniest to the most fearsome.

Once again the contribution of the graphic artists will be preponderant, and their creations might even directly inspire gags and full-fledged sketches as they become an integral part of the story, thereby enriching it.

Eric Tosti started making animation in 8 mm format at the age of 13. He co-directed his first stop motion short film in 1998 (Mon copain?) with David Alaux. In 2000 they founded their own production company, TAT productions, with their third partner Jean-François Tosti.

Eric Tosti, David Alaux and Jean-François Tosti started working in 3D animation in 2006. Then, they wrote, produced and directed the TV special Spike and started developing The Jungle Bunch licence. Season 3 of the TV series The Jungle Bunch to the Rescue is in production at the moment. Distributed worldwide, the series is a great success.

The first feature film from TAT productions The Jungle Bunch movie, co-authored by Eric Tosti, David Alaux and Jean-François Tosti, garnered admission of 700.000 in France and was the 4th best-selling French film abroad for 2017 (sold in more than 50 countries).

Prorom will release Terra Willy in Romania on May 31 and in Hungary on November 7.




in Events / 20.05.2019

Prorom secures the rights for Operation Mincemeat in Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Hungary

Operation Mincemeat, a buzzy World War II drama that stars Colin Firth, has sold out international territories at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Warner Bros. has picked up several key markets, as has Central and Eastern European distributor Prorom.

The film reunites Firth with John Madden, his Shakespeare in Love director. FilmNation Entertainment and Cross City Films were overseeing sales of the picture.

The See Saw Films and Cohen Media Group production boasts a script by Michelle Ashford (The Pacific, John Adams) and adapts a Ben Macintyre book of the same name. The movie will go into pre-production later this year.

“We are delighted that Operation Mincemeat has captured the imagination of distributors all over the world at Cannes,” said See-Saw Films co-managing directors Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, and Cohen Media Group chief Charles Cohen in a statement.

“FilmNation have been incredibly passionate about the combination of director John Madden, Michelle Ashford’s script and the cast we are assembling on this project. We are thrilled that so many great companies share their enthusiasm.”

The story unfolds in 1943, as the Allies prepare to launch an all-out assault on Nazi-dominated Europe. Two intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley, concoct a disinformation strategy, aimed at preventing their massive invasion force from being massacred by German soldiers and planes when they touch down on the continent.

Warner Bros. bought France, Germany, Italy, Benelux, Spain, and the U.K. Prorom has Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania, and Hungary.

Source: Variety




in Interviews / 17.05.2019

Interview with Elodie Fontan: “I've been a fan of Nicky Larson since I was little”

Élodie Fontan was born on July 9, 1987 in Bondy, Seine-Saint-Denis, France. She is an actress who appeared in more than fifteen television and film productions since 1996.

Élodie Fontan started very young in French commercials for Nissan, Quick and Euro Disney. She gained notoriety in 2009 by playing Alyzée, Clem's best friend, in the Clem series, broadcast on TF1.

Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon (Nicky Larson and Cupid's Perfume) is a name of the latest French action comedy directed by Philippe Lacheau in wich Élodie Fontan appears alongside Philippe Lacheau, Tarek Boudali, Julien Arruti and Pamela Anderson.

It is an adaptation of the Japanese manga and anime series City Hunter (known as Nicky Larson in France) by Tsukasa Hojo.

Nicky Larson is the best bodyguard, an outstanding private investigator. He is called for a high-risk mission: to recover the Perfume of Cupid, a perfume that would make irresistible the one who uses it.

This weekend, in Romania, Prorom and Ro Image will release the comedy Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon, and we invite you to read an interview with the leading actress Élodie Fontan.

How did you feel when Philippe Lacheau came up with the idea of making a movie about Nicky Larson?
I remember that moment: I was on the train in a promotional tour for Babysitting 2. Like the boys, I've been a fan of Nicky Larson since I was little, and this idea seemed great to me, though none of us had any idea if we could get the rights. Especially because I did not know if I would have a role in the movie or not…

How did you imagine Laura?
I had a strong attachment to this character. The challenge was to make her realistic - which is not always easy with the manga characters, because of their gestures, while preserving the characteristics of his character. Laura is an impulsive girl, she has a very tough face, but at the same time she's very protective with Nicky, she's taking care of him. So she is very calm and she manages a lot of things, but she can also be crazy. Finally, it was nice to interpret all these different emotions. Besides, this is the first time I played such a character, and it was very dear to me.

Did you made some researched for this character?
Before I started the project, I rewatched most of the animated episodes and I never missed Laura's look: on stage, during lunch breaks or makeup. I was happy to go back to an episode every time to find the right tone or mimic of my character.


What instructions did Philippe Lacheau give you?
He wanted Laura to be faithful to the manga series, but to adapt her to me, so that she would remain credible. Because people who do not know Nicky Larson's world to appreciate it and understand her, she does not have to be too crazy. And Philippe and I made sure she never became annoying.

What she "borrowed" from you?
I gave her some gentleness. I wanted her to be very loving and very protective with Nicky, probably more than in the animated series. Actually, I think I softened her and made her more balanced.

Did you like the idea that she would bring emotion to the movie?
What I liked above all was to have a character in my hands that allowed me to use my all acting skills. Through her I could go from comedy to drama or anger, and that's a gift for an actor. I remember when I read the script, the scene where Laura understands that Nicky is sacrificing for her touched me a lot, and I can hardly wait to play it. But seeing it, I think it's actually a beautiful sequence that brings a lot of emotions and a different tone. The film is very rich, there is action, comedy, laughter, emotions, and that's also the memory I keep from the cartoon.

How did you prepare for action scenes?
I've been boxing for a long time, and I have always dreamed that this discipline would serve me in cinematography one day. That's why, when the guys wrote the script, I suggested that they include battle sequences with Laura.

Did it take long before you found Laura's look?
No, it was pretty fast, it came naturally. The costume designers knew Nicky Larson's world very well, and we had the same ideas for Laura's character. We wanted to be as loyal as possible, giving her a touch of modernity. The capillary part was a little more delicate, it was necessary to find the right color, the good haircut, which was far from me! I knew hair was important for the character, but I think the bet was a winning one, since I was asked during the promotion tour if I really cut my hair…


This duo with Philippe has brought you closer to him?
Surely. We worked long before the shooting and I knew exactly the direction we wanted to take. Nicky Larson is the third collaboration between us, and from one movie to another, we are naturally more "closer" on the screen. The other actors were the same: we are all very close, we see each other a lot outside the set and the more we work together, the more the automatisms are triggered. But Philippe is quite efficient because he knows what he wants, how to pass on his ideas and how to take us where he wants.

What is the most beautiful memory from the shooting of the movie?
The scene in the factory where there is a general fight will be memorable. Very strict shooting times put us under great pressure, because we could not overcome them, and the filming program was so busy that sometimes wondered how we could shoot all the sequences in a single day. So we were a little tense, especially Philippe, but it's a beautiful sequence, worthy of an American action movie!

What was your reaction when you saw the movie?
I was very proud, because I can say that so far this is my best role and my best film. The bet was not obvious from the start, but it proved to be a success. Besides, I was amazed by the music, extremely well chosen, by the direction, by the editing ... Regarding the actors, we were all very happy to make this movie and I think that's is something that you see on the screen.

Interview by Clara Géliot.




in Hollywood / 15.05.2019

Gunpowder Milkshake: Full cast revealed

StudioCanal is proud to present the explosive cast and crew of Gunpowder Milkshake, the action thriller that will hit theaters in 2020.

Explosive action and bold humour collide in this crowd-pleasing and fiercely entertaining high-octane thriller that will reinvent the female assassin genre.

StudioCanal is thrilled to announce that Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh and Paul Giamatti will be joining Karen Gillan and Lena Headey in Gunpowder Milkshake - an explosive cocktail that will blow your mind!

From acclaimed director Navot Papushado and the Producers of Non Stop and The Commuter.

The first-class crew includes Director of Photography Michael Seresin (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes), Costume Designer Luise Frogley (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Lucy in the Sky), and Production Designer David Scheunemann (Fast & Furious presents Hobbs and Shaw, Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde).

Prorom has acquired the rights for Gunpowder Milkshake in the following territories: Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Moldova, Slovakia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia.




in Interviews / 13.05.2019

Interview with actor and director Philippe Lacheau: “Nicky Larson was one of my favorite animated series”

Philippe Lacheau was born on June 25, 1980 in Fontenay-sous-Bois, Val-de-Marne, France. He is an actor, writer and director, known for Babysitting (2014), Babysitting 2 (2015) and Alibi.com (2017).

Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon (Nicky Larson and Cupid's Perfume) is a name of the latest French action comedy directed by Philippe Lacheau who also co-wrote the screenplay with Julien Arruti and Pierre Lacheau.

It is an adaptation of the Japanese manga and anime series City Hunter (known as Nicky Larson in France) by Tsukasa Hojo.

The film features Philippe Lacheau, Élodie Fontan, Tarek Boudali and Julien Arruti in lead roles, along with Didier Bourdon, Kamel Guenfoud, Sophie Mousel, Hélène Lamberti and Pamela Anderson in supporting roles.

Nicky Larson is the best bodyguard, an outstanding private investigator. He is called for a high-risk mission: to recover the Perfume of Cupid, a perfume that would make irresistible the one who uses it.

This weekend, in Romania, Prorom and Ro Image will release the comedy Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon and we invite you to read an interview with the actor and director Philippe Lacheau.

How did you come up with the idea of adapting Nicky Larson for the cinema?
I belong to the club generation Club Dorothée and Nicky Larson, who landed on French television in the 90s, was one of my favorite animated series because it was a real comedy. There was also action, police investigations, love stories, but it was especially funny. Nicky, beyond making me laugh, is the best in everything he undertakes: it's both a detective, a bodyguard, a lovelace... the James Bond of comedy in short. Unconsciously, it was therefore a kid's dream to embody the hero of my childhood in the cinema.

Have you acquired the rights easily?
Not at all! It was a very long process. We got some help from Stephane Huard, CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment France, who through their American and Japanese studio affiliates has allowed us to meet manga creator Tsukasa Hojo. Prior to granting our rights, the Japanese author asked for a right to read the script. After eighteen months of writing, I went to meet him, with my manuscript under my arm, full of fears. After 48 hours, the verdict came: he liked it! I was very happy because he found that the script was loyal to his manga creations, and he made the most beautiful compliment I could ever get from him -- that he would have himself invented this original story.


How was the writing process?
In order to perfectly absorb the universe of Nicky Larson, Julien Arruti, my brother, Pierre Lacheau, Pierre Dudan and myself (the same team from Babysitting) we analyzed 144 episodes of the animated series that were broadcast in France and reread 37 numbers of manga. But I also saw the various adaptations that have been made abroad, including a Chinese movie with Jackie Chan. It was important to see everything to refresh our memories, we had to recover the tone to write. The most important thing was to keep the universe and the characters.
So I found the idea of a quest around Cupid's perfume, a perfume that has the power to make you irresistible. But the real challenge was to attract all the new generation that follows us from Babysitting, but who does not know Nicky Larson. This required a lot of rewriting.

Why is this movie a very personal one?
He sends me back to my childhood. Maybe that's why this is the movie that I'm the most proud of, because everything that comes to this moment of my life is sacred. I was fortunate enough to enjoy the moments when Dorothee (the one who made the Club Dorothee show in France in the '90s) was on our movie set, and I watched her with a child's eyes, reminding me of the show we enjoyed in our youth. It was as if I had met a friend I had not seen for many years. Moreover, it is personal because it brings together my friends, my parents, who appear in the movie, and the names of the characters are sometimes borrowed from relatives.

How did you prepare to become Nicky Larson?
I was so motivated that I exercise for eight months with diets and training, and  I put 8 kg of muscle. In parallel, I worked diligently for choreography of the action scenes, I learned how to shoot with a Magnum gun, machine guns and other heavy weapons, then I dyed my hair. I remember the day the costume handed me Nicky's outfit: seeing me in his blue coat, his red shirt and his black pants made me feel very excited.

Was it from the beginning the idea to work with the same team again?
This is a question I cannot answer. It was an incredible opportunity to work with my friends and, as long as the public follows us, we will continue. This is an incredible luxury and it's great to see that from one movie to another some actors such as Didier Bourdon, Chantal Ladesou and Gérard Jugnot follow us and the “band” grows.

Newcomers immediately joined Nicky Larson's world?
It was interesting because, unlike some "special guests" like Audrey Lamy, Raphaël Personnaz or Jarry, who knew the animated series, the others had not heard of him. But they immediately found him funny, and they followed me with the same enthusiasm. It is fortunate that all these actors have joined us for one or two days because the scenes in which they appear have a size much higher than the scenario indicated. For them it may not have been a lot, but to me it was a lot.

Did you direct your actors as in your other movies?
With my friends I did not change my way of doing things. But I was very afraid, for example, to give directorial directions to Pamela Anderson! When we created the character, we thought it would be great to have her in the movie, because like Nicky Larson, it was a representative image of the 1990s. It was a real surprise that he accepted! And suddenly I woke up under pressure: I speak English very badly, and I did not know how to direct an American star on a shooting set. Would she do all I ask? Would she have extravagant demands? Does he ask for anything in return? Soon I got answers to my questions because the meeting was great! He did not refuse anything, because he was amused to play with his glamorous image.

Where did you shoot?
A little in the South, a little in the Paris region. The original manga is happening in Tokyo, but the filming would have been too expensive and it would have been strange, because the characters speak all French. So we decided to move it to us, but without marking the place. Like Gotham City in Batman, Nicky lives in a city that does not exist, and cannot be located. We filmed in Paris in La Defense, Beaugrenelle, but we added 3D buildings, and we removed the Eiffel Tower from some pictures... The only place mentioned is Monaco.

What were your sources of inspiration?
In the pure comedy, I have a true French culture, because my models have always been Francis Veber - my absolute master - Alain Chabat, Les Nuls, Les Inconnus and Le Splendid.
Among the French comedies of recent years, the series of Taxi movies were probably the most successful. But let's not forget Belmondo, including Le Magnifique, by Philippe de Broca. But this time I have to confess that I was more inspired by the American comedies, because they are very bold. The first time that I saw There’s Something About Mary, by the Farrelly Brothers, was a real shock. And I grew up with American Pie, these genres of movies that pushed the limits! This is an example for me.


The budget was important. Did you have any extra pressure?
When we pictured such a movie, we were scared at first. But to be credible, it was necessary to have money. I did not have the means for a Mission: Impossible kind of movie, but when the idea is to make a James Bond with accent on comedy, the bar is up. That's why we wanted the budget to be appropriate. So we used the best professionals, technicians who worked with Luc Besson and who did a great job in scenes that needed explosions, chasings and very realistic fights.

In the end, the movie is like you want it to be?
I am very happy, yes, because my purpose was to make the most funny movie and to mix it with action and feelings. And, thanks to my great editor, I have the feeling that I have succeeded.

Interview by Clara Géliot.




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).