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  • Back Stories: Anamaria Antoci and Alex Trăilă

  • Back Stories: Aida Economu

  • Back Stories: Tudor Giurgiu

  • Back Stories: Ștefan Iancu

  • Back Stories: Diana Cavallioti

  • Back stories: Serban Pavlu

  • 3 movie recommendations: American Independent Film Festival

  • 3 movie recommendations: Ada Solomon

  • 3 movie recommendations: Bogdan Theodor Olteanu

  • 3 recomandări de filme: Tudor Mircea

  • FiF x Gopo: Interview with 5 Gopo Winners

  • 3 movie recommendations: Behind the scenes

  • 3 movie recommendations: Eugen Kelemen

  • 3 movie recommendations: Rodica Lazăr

  • 3 movie recommendations: Dorian Boguță

  • 3 movie recommendations: Aida Economu

  • 3 movie recommendations: Paul Negoescu

  • 3 movie recommendations: Olimpia Melinte

     

  • 3 movie recommendations: Anghel Damian

  • 3 movie recommendations: Victoria Răileanu

  • 3 movie recommendations: American Independent Film Festival

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  • 3 movie recommendations: Ada Solomon

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  • 3 movie recommendations: Bogdan Theodor Olteanu

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  • 3 recomandări de filme: Tudor Mircea

  • 3 movie recommendations: Eugen Kelemen

  • 3 movie recommendations: Rodica Lazăr

  • 3 movie recommendations: Dorian Boguță

  • 3 movie recommendations: Aida Economu

  • 3 movie recommendations: Paul Negoescu

  • 3 movie recommendations: Olimpia Melinte

     

  • 3 movie recommendations: Anghel Damian

  • 3 movie recommendations: Victoria Răileanu

  • April’s Trailer Recommendations

    The Woman in the Window (dir. Joe Wright)

    With three Oscar-winning actors in the cast, this film by Joe Wright (Atonement) will without a doubt make it to no.1 on the Netflix Top 10 after its release. The story sounds somewhat familiar – a woman witnesses a murder from her window; the screenplay written by actor and playwright Tracy Letts (the Pulitzer Prize for the play August: Osage County) raises the issue of the agoraphobic protagonist’s mental health and the suspicion with which society views those suffering of various mental illnesses.
    The Woman in the Window comes out on Netflix on May 14.

    Welcome to Utmark (created by Dakur Kári)

    Icelandic director Dagur Kári (Noi Albinoi, Virgin Mountain) tries his hand at television productions with Welcome to Utmark. This eight-episode drama takes place in the far north of Norway, where the surrounding wilderness is seen through the eyes of the new teacher working at the local school in this small border town whose name is featured in the title. The protagonist will soon discover that the only person in this town that might act as a grown-up is a 12-year-old girl, and the strange inhabitants will offer her more than bizarre experiences.
    Welcome to Utmark will be available on HBO GO starting with April 18.

    Four Good Days (dir. Rodrigo García)

    Selected last year at Sundance and with a long-delayed premiere due to the pandemic, Four Good Days shows Mila Kunis in an atypical role, that of a drug addict who wishes to enter a detox program, but for that she must show that she can stay clean for four days. And who should the young woman turn to for this challenge if not her estranged mother, Molly (Glenn Close, nominated for an Oscar this year for her role in Hillbilly Elegy)? Obviously, the premise invites the two protagonists to set free the grudges they have for each other.
    Four Good Days will have a limited theatrical release in the US at the end of April, and from May 21 it will be available on streaming platforms.

    Ammonite (dir. Francis Lee)

    After introducing Romanian actor Alec Secăreanu to the global audience in God’s Own Country, director Francis Lee returns to LGBTQ issues with Ammonite. The film depicts a love story taking place in 1840 between paleontologist Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) and geologist Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), while talking about the injustices suffered by female scientists in the 19th century, when they were often overlooked by their male peers, no matter how prepared and educated they were. Secăreanu makes an appearance in the director’s second feature film as well, starring as a doctor.
    Ammonite is available on Amazon Prime.

    Those Who Wish Me Dead (dir. Taylor Sheridan)

    Angelina Jolie returns to the big screen with this action film about Hannah, a survivor of a devastating fire who keeps an eye on the forests of a gigantic nature reserve from her wooden watchtower. Her new challenge is not some puff of smoke, but the appearance of a terrified little boy (Finn Little), whose father was brutally executed by the two assassins sent to kill him. Hannah offers to help him, but the assassins (the ones and only Nicholas Hoult and Aidan Gillen) have no plans to leave survivors behind.
    Those Who Wish Me Dead will be distributed in Romanian cinemas by Vertical Entertainment from May 14.

    Handmaid’s Tale, season 4 (created by Bruce Miller)

    At the end of the previous season, June (Elisabeth Moss) managed the unimaginable: to save dozens of children from Gilead and send them by plane to Canada, to the new free world. What we understand from the trailer above is that this act leads to a real declaration of war from Gilead, but also that June cannot be satisfied with saving the children of others, when her own daughter, Hannah, is still a prisoner in the totalitarian country. And the heroine’s decision to return to the society that traumatized her in every way possible invites a lot of dangers.
    The 4th season of Handmaid’s Tale premieres on April 29 on HBO GO.

    Songs My Brothers Taught Me (dir. Chloé Zhao)

    Chloé Zhao’s rise in world cinema was thundering and even unique, as one might call it: she debuted in 2015 with Songs My Brothers Taught Me (selected at Sundance and Cannes), now it’s five years later and she wins the Golden Lion and becomes a favorite at the Oscars with Nomadland. Moreover, Zhao is the director behind the Marvel mega blockbuster – Eternals, with a budget of 200 million dollars. To celebrate Zhao, we return to Songs My Brothers Taught Me, which invites us to a Native American reservation in the United States to explore the difficult choice that awaits teenagers here: they can either resign themselves to the lack of opportunities in the reservation, or leave without looking back.
    Songs My Brothers Taught Me is available on Mubi.

    In Treatment, season 4 (created by Rodrigo García)

    This series inspired by an Israeli production (with a version that was also made in Romania) gets a reboot with the fourth season. This time, in the center of attention is psychotherapist Brooke Taylor (played by the incomparable Uzo Aduba, who also plays Suzanne Crazy Eyes in Orange Is the New Black). The 24-episode season will explore at length the multiple effects the pandemic has had on everyday people.
    The 4th season of In Treatment will be available on HBO GO starting with May 23.

    Is it really possible for cinemas to reopen anytime soon? This month’s trailer offer includes a movie that will be released in theaters on May 14 (fingers crossed!). Otherwise, the focus remains on streaming platforms.

  • March’s Trailer Recommendations

    Genera+ion (series, created by Zelda and Daniel Barnz)

    HBO has been keeping up with the issues of teenagehood for several decades now, with shows like Girls and Euphoria, and Genera+ion is taking a new step in this direction, looking fairly determined to defy new prejudices and taboos. Genera+ion focuses on a diverse group of high school students, and what’s new to this series produced by Lena Dunham (Girls) is that creator Zelda Barnz was actually the protagonists’ age (now she’s 19 years old) when she started writing the screenplay together with her father, Daniel. It looks like Genera+ion might be the series of a new generation, and that parents might need to take a look at it to discover the challenges their teenage children have to face nowadays.
    The show premieres on HBO Go on March 11.

    Sky Rojo (series, created by Álex Pina and Esther Martínez Lobato)

    The creating team behind the phenomen La casa de papel returns with a new project that has the same hyperkinetic approach, brimming in violence and plot twists. Its March premiere is also justified by the fact that the series celebrates emancipation no matter what, introducing three protagonists – Coral (Verónica Sánchez), Wendy (Lali Espósito) and Gina (Yany Prado) – who run away from their pimp and his aides. And the three of them will stop at nothing to reassure themselves that playing nice with men is something that they will never have to do again. The creators’ approach seems to pay homage to the last season of another Spanish hit, Vis a vis, also available on Netflix Romania.
    The show premieres on Netflix on March 19.

    Mare of Easttown (miniseries, created by Brad Ingelsby)

    One of the many productions put on hold due to the global health crisis, Mare of Easttown will undoubtedly gain popularity due to the fact that Kate Winslet plays the main role, a policewoman from a small town in Pennsylvania. The British actress rehearsed for months to master the very specific accent of Easttown (the series was shot in this very town). In Brad Ingelsby’s miniseries, it all starts with the discovery of a child’s body and continues with the police investigation, setting the whole town on fire and threatening the protagonist’s peace which is already hanging by a thread.
    Premiering on HBO Go on April 18.

    Shadow and Bone (fantasy series, created by Eric Heisserer)

    In 2019, The Witcher became the most popular Netflix title – to be dethroned only at the end of last year by Bridgerton, and Shadow and Bone seems determined to continue the long run of fantasy shows revolving around supernatural creatures. Inspired by Leigh Bardugo’s novels, the new Netflix series takes pride in having the first non-Caucasian protagonist: the British actress Jessica Mei Li plays Alina Starkov, a young woman who wakes up in the middle of a phenomenal battle between good and evil after realizing that she possesses a miraculous power that could prevent the terrible danger threatening the magical realm.
    Shadow and Bone premieres on Netflix on April 23.

    Without Remorse (action, thriller, dir. Stefano Sollima)

    Michael B. Jordan is one of the “It” actors who haven’t failed in choosing the right roles for them so far, from the intense Chronicle to Fruitvale Station and from Creed to Black Panther. Although there are few spy movies that succeed in avoiding the trap of the predictable and cliché locations, let’s offer Jordan a chance, as he takes over the character of John Clark (previously played by Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber) from Tom Clancy’s novels. After his family is killed in an attack by elite Russian soldiers, Clark will uncover a larger conspiracy that threatens the safety of his own country. And we know all too well that there is no protagonist more dangerous than the one who has nothing more to lose.
    Without Remorse premieres on Amazon Prime on April 30.

    Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (black comedy, dir. Radu Jude)

    Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn is without a doubt the film of the pandemic, and the Romanian audience is certainly looking forward to seeing it, aroused both by its recent success at the Berlinale (the winner of this year’s Golden Bear) and by the slight scandal associated with the porn clip included in the film.
    The decision by the Romanian authorities to close the cinemas overnight, due to a new increase in the Covid-19 cases, makes it impossible for the film’s distributors to schedule a theatrical release anytime soon: we will most likely have to wait for the warmer months to see the film in an open air location. Until then, you can read the Films in Frame review of the film.

    Voyagers (Sci-Fi, dir. Neil Burger)

    Although it explores the immensity of Space and the soul abyss, the new Sci-Fi by Neil Burger has more to do with Romania than it would seem so: it was shot at the Buftea studios in the summer of 2019, and several young Romanian actors such as Theodor Soptelea, Vlad Popescu, Irina Artenii, Ioana Brumar and Ioana Nimigean make an appearance in some of the scenes, starring alongside Colin Farrell. The film follows the crew of a ship that should colonize the Space, but it doesn’t take long and the young people on board begin to realize that the pressure of their mission and the claustrophobic Space become more unbearable than they initially thought.
    We don’t know yet when the film is going to be released in local cinemas (in the US, it premieres on April 9), but its link to Romania makes us believe that we will certainly have a national premiere sometime this year.

    Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell (documentary, dir. Emmett Malloy)

    Pushed to become a jazz singer, little Christopher Wallace quickly realizes that he wants to do something completely different music-wise. Thus begins the story of soon to become The Notorious B.I.G., whose iconic lyrics will sing of the hardships and lack of endemic opportunities in African-American ghettos. Emmett Malloy’s documentary brings together rare images from the rapper’s childhood and adolescence and the testimonies of his loved ones, showing not only how Biggie came to “tell the story” of his peers, but also how different he was from his public persona.
    The documentary has been available on Netflix starting with March 1.

    With cinemas being closed once again by the authorities and the summer days that carry the promise of outdoor screenings still far away from us, there’s nothing else to do but remain online, at least for some of these trailer recommendations. FYI, our offer also includes a Hollywood blockbuster with several young Romanian actors starring in supporting roles.

  • February’s Trailer Recommendations

    Usually, February feels like entering a wormhole when it comes to news on movie releases, since many of the upcoming productions are waiting either to get selected in festivals or for the official announcement of these selections before they can kick off their promo campaigns. So, we turned to guilty pleasures, superheroes, a bit of voyeurism and … the “CODA case”.

    Cosmic Sin (film SF, r. Edward Drake)

    OK, maybe Cosmic Sin (who would’ve thought that there would ever be such an assertive action Sci-Fi movie as to be called just that?) goes way beyond “guilty pleasures”, but Bruce Willis and his mischievous look – probably the most important feature in his acting set – might bring a lot of memories for some of us (think about the first film you saw with Bruce Willis, that might be a good reminder of how old you really are). The trailer might suggest that Edward Drake’s film wants to try a bit of everything. We only hope that in order to save the human race it doesn’t come to sacrificing a hero willing to drop a bomb in the middle of the invaders’ lair …

    The US premiere on March 12th.

    The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (Marvel miniseries, created by Malcolm Spellman)

    15 hours and four million views on Marvel Entertainment’s youtube page alone for this trailer announcing the new series with The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan, “our” Romanian), which seems to please the Marvel fans after WandaVision threw them into confusion. We have the same witty camaraderie, and Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl, who seems to have traded his homeland career for Hollywood) is just as determined to fight the superheroes until the very end, in order to avenge his family he lost in Segovia …

    The miniseries premieres on March 19 on Disney+, when most of our homies will probably storm the torrent sites.

    Old (film horror, r. M. Night Shyamalan)

    The romance between the audiences and M. Night Shyamalan came to an end after Unbreakable, but the director went on about his work without any fuss and made some of the worst movies in the last two decades. Now the filmmaker comes to intrigue with Old, whose teaser trailer includes a combination of statements (“we were chosen for a reason”, “there is something wrong with this beach”) which have the potential to captivate the viewers. On the beach where the action takes place time moves differently, and Gael García Bernal’s character will learn about it the hard way. His family included …

    The movie will be released in July.

    The Nevers (HBO series, created by Joss Whedon)

    Clearly, Joss Whedon finds it very difficult to stay away from creatures with supernatural abilities. The “papa” of the Avengers departed from the project in November (citing exhaustion as decision factor), not without offering all his love to this HBO production that takes us to Victorian England to witness the challenges encountered by a gang of women who, following a mysterious phenomenon, find themselves with all kinds of superpowers. “Their mission might even change the world”, the HBO synopsis purrs with excitement …

    The Nevers premieres in April.

    Est (drama, r. Antonio Pisu)

    Three young Italian men traveling to communist Romania? How can it not arouse our curiosity? Antonio Pisu’s film was selected in the Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival, and on Friday it was released on seven streaming platforms throughout Italy. “We are not afraid of Romania”, assert the three protagonists as they are getting closer to the border, but how long will their innocence last once they step inside the communist country? The threat becomes even more palpable on account of a secret mission: they submit to the desperate plea made by a Romanian dissident from Budapest of delivering a suitcase to his family in Romania. Since the action (inspired by real events) takes place between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the fall of communism in Romania, Est captures our country at a time which couldn’t be more relevant for our history …

    We don’t know yet when we’ll get to watch it in our cinemas, but we’ll sure be surprised if it doesn’t make it into at least one of the local festivals.

    Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel (miniserie documentar, r. Joe Berlinger)

    Netflix is not a newbie when it comes to releasing incredible documentaries that have a flair for creating a stir, and Berlinger’s film has every chance to make it into this category. The four-episode documentary follows two main lines: first, giving a rough introduction to the violent history of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, an establishment known as “Hotel Death” for the considerable string (on Wikipedia you can even find a list of the violent deaths and suicides carried out in who knows what room of the hotel) of lethal events that have taken place here over more than eight decades. Then, it presents the disappearance case of Canadian student Elisa Lam, last seen in a surveillance video taken inside one of the hotel’s elevators. The more than bizarre behavior of the student made the video go viral, leading to a massive stir among the public opinion and turning it into a high-profile case, the social phenomenon being also analyzed in the documentary. For a more chic visit to the Cecil Hotel: the music video for Where the Streets Have No Name by U2 was shot right in front of the hotel and also contains some opinions on the infamous reputation of this LA area.

    Scheduled to premiere on February 10th on Netflix.

    CODA (Family Movie, r. Sean Heder)

    You’ll have to forgive us, but we haven’t yet found a trailer for CODA, the big winner at Sundance (even though it’s the remake of a French film), so instead, we present you this short video of deaf actress Marlee Matlin discussing the importance of authentic representation of people with disabilities on screen. However, apart from a few more current jokes, CODA doesn’t seem to say more than the original 2014 French film, the heartfelt La famille Bélier, but rather translates its essence to a different type of audience. The big difference between the two is the fact that in the original film the deaf-mute characters were played by non-disabled actors, whereas in CODA the performers are deaf-mute actors. So we’re dealing with a pressing question: what should festivals reward in the end? Originality and innovation or the inclusive message, which might come as nothing but an echo of a past film?

    CODA was purchased by Apple for a record $ 25 million and will be distributed worldwide exclusively on Apple TV+.

    Usually, February feels like a black hole when it comes to news on movie releases, since many of the upcoming productions are waiting either to get selected in festivals or for the official announcement of these selections before they can kick off their promo campaigns. So, we turned to guilty pleasures, superheroes, a bit of voyeurism and… the “CODA case”.