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in Trailers / 14.02.2020

First teaser trailer for After We Collided is here!

After fans, we just got a great Valentine’s Day gift! The first teaser trailer for After We Collided was just released!

The film is the sequel to After, based on the bestselling books by Anna Todd.

The highly-anticipated After sequel is getting closer and closer to our screens every day. And after a minuscule teaser last week, the After We Collided movie is back with a full teaser trailer, and the drama is intense.

The film follows Tessa and Hardin as they navigate through their relationship. Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Dylan Sprouse, Selma Blair and Candice King star in the film.

Roger Kumble is directing After We Collided. Kumble is known for directed and wrote the cult Reese Witherspoon / Ryan Phillipe / Sarah Michelle Gellar / Selma Blair hit Cruel Intentions, as well as The Sweetest Thing starring Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Blair.

After We Collided has no release date yet, but the teaser trailer does say it will be in theaters this year.

Stay tuned for more news soon!




in Interviews / 07.02.2020

Exclusive interview with Iulian Grigoriu: “Latte is a feel good movie, about friendship in the first place”

This weekend, Latte and the Magic Waterstone (directed by Mimi Maynard, Regina Welker) arrives in cinemas in Romania. On this occasion, we bring you an exclusive interview with Iulian Grigoriu, the Romanian who was animation director for this film.

How did you get to do what you do now? Working in this area of animation?
I always wanted to make cartoons. When I was a kid, on Saturdays, at the end of school, I was running home to see final minutes from the Gala Desenului Animat  (Cartoon Gala – a famous Romanian show in th '90s). Then they took me to the Doina cinema. (in the past a famous Romanian cinema where they running only family films and animations). It was like I arrived in the cartoon country.

They had wallpapers of animals from the jungle on the walls, it was a small room and somehow intimate, weekly program where you could find full-length movies that you would see on TV only in the parts of a few minutes a week. What can I say? It was fantastic!

I've been drawing since I was little, and even tried to be a serious artist and to focus on things with more weight, respectable but I failed. When I entered the high school of arts and saw that they had the animation section I had no doubt. I didn't have to choose between sections. Things were no longer the same at the academy where there was no animation section.

Animation was not an art there, so I choose graphics and painting which was very useful to me later. But not to dramatize. I had a nice chance to work at Animafilm since I was in high school. That was practically the time when I was really inoculated with the animation virus and I say this because during my student years I tried to do other jobs but I always went back to animation.

A friend of mine, Olimp Bandalac told me: "Once you have got the animation virus you will not escape". And so it is for most of us.

Then I worked through almost all the studios in Bucharest in the '90s. But as I was young, inexperienced, those years were pretty gray. In the late 90's, after finishing college, I went to Hungary and that was it. After a year my girlfriend from then came with me. She became my wife after a few years.

What does the job of animation director and supervisor mean?
This position is a very responsible one and quite difficult from several points of view. Job descriptions can be found on the net but I tell you what it means to me and how I relate to this position. First of all you have to be an animator yourself. Only this way you can help where it is needed.

Every time I start a new movie I try to document myself as much as possible. What is the original story behind the script. Who are my directors, possibly the producers. After that I try to understand as best I can the script and the characters in the film. The deeper I get into the story, the better I realize the subtleties and layers of the film.

From here I start to have discussions with the director (the directors in this case of Latte) and to deepen the story and the characters. What kind of acting we need, as well as in what sense to exaggerate etc. Once it is clear to me what the directors want, I start working on the animation style, find a rhythm of the film, look for references by actors to help the animator understand the character.

Many times I even make a database representing what kind of expressions should be used and the limits of deformations. I can usually select the team after tests or portfolios. Once the team or teams are chosen, I usually do an acting workshop on the characters in the movie. I'm trying to make the animators understand why character X is moving like this and why it has to be different from other characters.

How a character evolves during the film and how important it is to animate as much as needed and where needed. Only then do I begin to talk about each sequence and each scene. If the animation is not correct I send additional drawings to the frame where something needs to be changed. As a simple supervisor the work is a little simpler, having to follow the instructions of the animation director.

How long have you been working as animation director and supervisor?
I think I started in 2009 or 2010 with a famous series in Germany. A production for preschoolers called Kikaninchen, a position assumed by Anca starting with season 2, becoming "kikaninchen's mother" over a few years.That's how they called it in Mitteldeutsche Zeitung in an article about the series. In the meantime, I started working on the first feature film as animation director in Belgium.

There I had the “baptism of fire”. We were working on a big film, produced in Paris and we had to send weekly a fixed number of seconds to a quality that we had not worked before. I learned a lot and realized that I still have a lot of work to do. It was a good school.

I know that before you settled in Germany you had a period when you also worked in Hungary? How was that experience?
In Hungary were the years of my growing up professionally or at least the beginning of them. We went through some experiences and we had the chance to qualify professionally, being forced to keep the deadlines, doing a large volume of animation and doing many tests. It was a good school.

You have worked on many successful animated films. What project do you keep closely to your heart and why?
I can't say I liked one movie... it's like asking a parent which of the children is dearer to him. I mean a good parent :-) Each production is different, and has its problems and solutions. Teams often differ completely. For example, now we are working on a new film by Enzo Dálo. For me 90-95% of the team is new. We will have first and foremost many young animators who will need a lot of advice. It will be fun and very interesting of course but it will be also a new adventure from which I will learn a lot.

Who has influenced you the most in your career?
Work in the studio. I learned a lot by watching a lot of movies and here I mention that not only animation and not only American. I read a lot and try to document myself a lot. BUT! I happen to work with people who are really big names in the field and and I can learn a lot from them.

I learned from Tahsin Özgür who animated for Disney in a few big movies. Another name that inspired me through the vitality of work and professionalism is Jesper Moller and in the last year and something I have worked and still work with Daniel St. Pierre from which I learned many details that you can not find in books. Of course, I learned something from each film I worked on and there are several names that influenced my evolution whether or not I was aware of it.

How much does working on a European animation differ from one for a larger studio? The difference is only about money, or also involves more special technology?
This is a good question :-) First and foremost, in Europe, there are increasingly competitive productions, by American standards. The only problem is the budget of the film. The bigger the budget, the more time you have to work on story, design, style, animation, effects, light... etc. The last film I worked on and we hope to release this year is an India-China co-production and is at a high standard. Here I worked hard on the quality of the animation and it will feel.

In 2019 you worked on the animation Latte & the Magic Waterstone as animation director. Can you tell me how you got to work on this project?
I first saw the trailer on the net. It was kind of love at first sight. I knew I could do a lot with a character like Latte. About 7-8 months, when I was approaching the final production of that time (Marnie’s World or Spy Cat) I announced online that I will be free of contract.

Then I received an email from a Belgian colleague from the production company if it is ok to recommend me to the German producer of Latte Igel. Do you realize that I was flying on a cloud and seeing the city from above :-) I said yes, I was contacted and that was it.

How did you work with directors Regina Welker and Nina Wels?
The collaboration with these two beautiful ladies was extraordinary. And I'm not exaggerating. I anchored Latte's acting based on the personality or the way Regina moves. The funny thing is that she says she moves the same way I do but you should see her. He is an animated character full of energy and humor.

After we had our first Skype talk, I was a little scared that we didn't quite understand about the message of the movie. That was my impression and I don't think it was that way, but I'm an emotional guy, so I belived that.

It was only when we met face-to-face in the studio I realized how they are and what they want… we started to know each other and actually worked on the construction of the film. We made many ideas exchanges and sometimes we argued about things, but in a constructive way, and all of that practically served to raise the quality of the film.

Nina helped me a lot with the team from Ludwigsburg and Halle / Saale, I also had to work in India. We had a total of 4 teams and fortunately all were talented and motivated.

Prorom will release on February 7 in Romanian cinemas Latte & the Magic Waterstone. Do you have a special message for the spectators who are going to see it?
Latte
is a feel good movie, about friendship in the first place. You may be surprised that the story will catch you and you won't know when the time has passed. I just hope you like it as much as we liked to create it and bring it to the cinema. I look forward to the reaction of the Romanian audience.

Interview by Emanuel Lăzărescu.




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 Trailers / 19.09.2019

Sarah Hyland in a new Romantic Comedy: The Wedding Year

From the director of Legally Blonde comes a new indie romantic comedy starring Modern Family's Sarah Hyland as a quirky commitment-phobic woman who embarks on a tentative romance with a decent sweet-natured guy during a hectic wedding season.

"There are way too many weddings, and I'm freaking out!" says her in the first trailer for the comedy, released by Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures. The Wedding Year is directed by Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde, Monster-in-Law, 21, The Ugly Truth, Killers, Paranoia).

Meet Mara (Sarah Hyland). She's a carefree aspiring photographer who just started dating Jake (Tyler James Williams), an aspiring chef. After wedding invitations pour in, Mara and Jake embark on a year-long adventure that puts their new relationship to the test.

Co-starring Tyler James Williams, Jenna Dewan, Anna Camp, Wanda Sykes, Keith David, Matt Shively, Noureen DeWulf, Grace Helbig.

The Wedding Year is directed by Australian filmmaker Robert Luketic, and the screenplay is written by Donald Diego. Produced by Mark Korshak, Gary Lucchesi and Marc Reid.

The Wedding Year is being released in theaters on September 20th.




in Trailers / 13.09.2019

Haunt Trailer: The Writers of A Quiet Place Are Back With a Haunted House Movie

The Halloween season is officially started: the final trailer for Haunt is here! A new horror-thriller by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the duo who wrote the box office sensation A Quiet Place.

Haunt takes place on Halloween, with a group of friends encountering an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. But the night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real.

Haunt stars Katie Stevens, Will Brittain and Lauryn Alisa McClain.

The film is produced by Eli Roth and written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods.

Look for Haunt in select theaters September 13th!




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 / 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.





in Trailers / 09.04.2019

Ron Howard’s Pavarotti takes center stage with an official trailer

The first trailer for Pavarotti is here! An emotional documentary on the late opera singer Luciano Pavarotti from director Ron Howard, which chronicles his struggles with life and fame - both on and off stage.

Howard will reunite with Nigel Sinclair, Brian Grazer and Michael Rosenberg, his team of producers from The Beatles: Eight Days A Week, in addition to Jeanne Elfant Festa, for the documentary.

Pavarotti is a riveting film that lifts the curtain on the icon who brought opera to the people. Howard, an Oscar-winning director, puts audiences front row center for an exploration of the Voice, the Man, the Legend.

Luciano Pavarotti gave his life to the music and a voice to the world, and this cinematic event features history-making performances and intimate interviews, including never-before-seen footage and cutting-edge Dolby Atmos technology.

The film will give audiences around the world a stunningly intimate portrait of the most beloved opera singer of all time. The Documentary also features testimonies from his fellow Three Tenors members José Carreras and Plácido Domingo, as well as U2’s Bono.

As the trailer shows, the singer dedicated a large portion of his life to a series of benefit concerts titled Pavarotti & Friends, giving proceeds to humanitarian causes, for which he raised more money than any other individual.

Legendary musicians and celebrities from all over the world joined him, like Princess Diana, Elton John and Mariah Carey.

During his international farewell tour in 2006, Pavarotti was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died at his home in Modesta, Italy, in September 2007. CNN aired the funeral in its entirety.

Pavarotti is a Imagine Entertainment, Polygram Entertainment, StudioCanal and White Horse Pictures Production, distributed by CBS Films in select theaters on June 7 in the US.

Prorom has acquired the rights for Pavarotti in the following territories: Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Slovakia.





in First Look / 27.03.2019

Scary Posters for Scary Stories

The long awaited film adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark looks to recapture all the frightening imagery found in the books.

Now, the film’s official Twitter, Instangram and Facebook accounts has teased that, “This week will be scary,” along with an all-new movie poster. This means that first trailer will appear in a few days!

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.

The movie will be 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 Trailers / 19.02.2019

Hilary Duff in the first trailer for The Haunting of Sharon Tate

The Haunting of Sharon Tate reimagines the last days of Sharon Tate’s life before being tragically cut down at the age of 26 by Charles Manson’s family of followers.

Sharon has just moved into the house where she and director Roman Polanski would start their family as Sharon is eight months pregnant with their first child. Sharon’s friends keep her company until Roman returns from Europe.

What should be an enjoyable time turns sinister when a series of strange events occur - a creepy man named Charlie comes around looking for the previous owner of the house, strange hippie-girls pass the house as if stalking it, the family dog goes missing…

The movie is directed by Daniel Farrands and stars Hilary Duff, Jonathan Bennett, Lydia Hearst.

Prorom has the rights for this movie in: Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Moldova.




in Trailers / 14.12.2018

First trailer for Playmobil: The Movie is here!

StudioCanal has unleashed the first official teaser trailer for the upcoming Playmobil: The Movie!

After Charlie (Gabriel Bateman) disappears into the Playmobil universe, his sister, Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy), sets out to find him.

During her adventures, she teams up with some unlikely new friends, including smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan), dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe), a wholehearted misfit robot and an extravagant fairy-godmother (Meghan Trainor). Adam Lambert will voice the character of villain Emperor Maximus.

Playmobil toys have become a classic throughout children’s playrooms, and have produced over 2.9 billion figurines in more than 100 countries – making it one of the world’s most successful toy brands.

Lino DiSalvo will make his directorial debut on Playmobil: The Movie after spending 17 years at Disney Animation, where he served as head of animation on Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time. Di Salvo also worked as animation supervisor on Tangled and Bolt.

Playmobil: The Movie will be released in theaters summer of 2019. In Romania will be distributed by Prorom and Ro Image.




in Trailers / 14.10.2018

First trailer for Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion!

Asterix is coming back to cinemas with a fresh new adventure!

After the success of Asterix: Le Domaine des Dieux (2014) the director Alexandre Astier is bringing us to the cinemas a new adventure of the famous Gauls!

In january 2019 the characters created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo return in a new animated comedy!

In this new adventure, Asterix and Obelix embark on a quest across Gaul looking for a young druid worthy of learning the secret of the magic potion, after elderly village druid Getafix breaks his leg when he falls from a tree while picking mistletoe.

Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion will arrive in cinemas in january 2019 released in Romania by Prorom and Ro Image.