Film Music

Cristian Lolea began scoring for movies in 2004, when director Gheorghe Preda chose him to score his feature film An Angel Hooked on Me. Since then, Cristian Lolea composes film music frequently. Thrillers are one of his preferred genres, but he scores dramas, comedies and documentaries with the same ease and pleasure. His musical approach varies from extremely minimalist themes (as in Breakdown) to very complex music (as in An Angel Hooked on Me – a fusion of symphonic, industrial and electronic music).

Cristian Lolea won the Gopo Award for Best Original Music Score (in 2008, for An Angel Hooked on Me) and the Romanian Filmmakers Union Award (in 2016, for Carmen, and in 2017, for Orizont).

Directors with whom Cristian Lolea has worked: Gheorghe Preda, Laurenţiu Rusescu, Adina Pintilie, Dan Piţa, Stelian Tănase, Napoleon Helmis, Andrei Gruzsniczki, Viorel Sergovici, Doru Niţescu, Marian Crișan and Ionuț Teianu.

Films:

  • In Search of the Lost Father MORE >>LESS <<

    Director:
    Ionuţ Teianu

    Production:
    Libra Film

    Music:
    Cristian Lolea

    Sinopsis
    When John was born, in 1934, his mother gifted him with three names: John, Constantin, and Brâncuşi. She told him his father was Constantin Brâncuşi, the famous sculptor, but that he was never to tell a soul. John kept this a secret his entire life. Today, at the age of 78, he embarked on a difficult quest to find his lost father.

    (documentary, 2016)

    Music:
    In Search of the Lost Father: Main Theme Play 
    In Search of the Lost Father: Brâncuși Play 
    In Search of the Lost Father: The Court House Play 
    In Search of the Lost Father: Atelier Play 
    In Search of the Lost Father: Vera Play 

    External links:
    Official Webpage
    More details on IMDb

  • Orizont MORE >>LESS <<

    Director:
    Marian Crișan

    Production:
    Solar Indie Junction, Mandragora Movies, Rova Film

    Music:
    Cristian Lolea

    Cast:
    András Hatházi, Rodica Lazăr, Bogdán Zsolt, Valeriu Andriuță, Emilian Oprea

    Sinopsis
    Trying to find their luck after many years working abroad, husband and wife Lucian and Andra take shelter in remote cottage hidden somewhere in the Apuseni Mountains. All is seemingly well until they realize that everything that happens on the mountain, including their life, is controlled by Zoli, an outlaw involved in illegal deforestation. The family and their house guest Orizont will soon get caught up in the conflict between the lawmen and the local logging mafia.

    (feature, 2015)

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    External links:
    More details on IMDb
    Official Facebook

  • The Film at the End of the World MORE >>LESS <<

    Director:
    Gheorghe Preda

    Production:
    Mrakonia Film, Musitech Production

    Music:
    Cristian Lolea

    Cast:
    Silvia Gîscă, Ioan Paraschiv

    Sinopsis
    A man and a woman meet on a deserted beach. On the face of it, nothing spectacular can happen. But under the common guise of the meeting lie drama and amazing turnarounds. An affectionate ironic homage to Barton Fink, the hero of the movie with the same name by Coen brothers.

    (short, 2015)

    Music:
    F.E.W.: On the Beach III Play 
    F.E.W.: The Murder I Play 

    External links:
    More details on IMDb

  • A Random Act of Kindness MORE >>LESS <<

    Director:
    Andrei Gruzsniczki

    Production:
    Rollin Studio

    Music:
    Cristian Lolea

    Cast:
    Medeea Marinescu, Adrian Titieni

    Sinopsis
    A couple tries to rescue a stray dog run over by a car. A certain social understanding of what is good, a model of social responsibility that is catching on now tugs at them, and they respond. They take the dog to a clinic. It is too badly hit and cannot be saved. However, the two rescuers come to be involved, both financially and emotionally, in euthanizing the dog.

    (short, 2015)

    Music:
    Coming soon…

    External links:
    More details on IMDb
    Official Facebook

  • Carmen MORE >>LESS <<

    Director:
    Doru Niţescu

    Production:
    Filmex

    Music:
    Cristian Lolea

    Cast:
    Rodica Lazăr, Iulia Lupaşcu, Adrian Titieni, Maia Morgenstern, Mimi Brănescu

    Synopsis
    In a small village close to the mountains, Mariana and Puiu are a young family with two children: Carmen and Mircea. One morning, the mother and the ten year-old daughter leave for Bucharest, having a hospital as their destination. One doctor alone, Sitaru, believes that Carmen, who can no longer smile, stands any chances at survival. He believes he can perform a miracle and save Carmen’s life. Struggling for her daughter, abandoned by almost everybody she trusted, Mariana discovers she is pregnant. After dr. Sitaru operates on the little girl, in a risky manner, Carmen begins to feel increasingly worse. Without any hope, Mariana leaves the hospital and rushes to take Carmen home: while one life ends, another one begins to flicker.

    (feature, 2013)

    Music:
    Carmen: Lights & Shadows I Play 
    Carmen: Mioara I Play 
    Carmen: To Puiu’s Father Play 

    External links:
    More details on IMDb
    Official Facebook

  • The Gift MORE >>LESS <<

    Director:
    Viorel Sergovici, Radu Nicolae

    Production:
    Silver Bullet, Opal Production

    Music:
    Silent Strike, Cristian Lolea

    Cast:
    Andrew Pleavin, Zane Jarcu, Raluca Aprodu, Samuel Tastet, Doru Presecan

    Synopsis
    Based on a true story and a prominent banker’s confession, The Gift is a vigorous, sometimes graphic, tale of corruption, coercion and profit in the midst of the current financial crisis and the harsh regulatory fiscal policies that convulsed Eastern Europe. What remains when ‘best laid plans’ are confronted by the reality of life…

    (feature, 2012)

    Music:
    The Gift: The Fight Play 
    The Gift: Calling Austria Play 
    The Gift: Le Dossier Play 

    External links:
    More details on IMDb

  • The Island MORE >>LESS <<

    Director:
    Laurenţiu Rusescu

    Production:
    MDV Film, Silver Bullet,
    MDV Audio Studio

    Music:
    Cristian Lolea

    Cast:
    Dorian Boguţă, Meda Victor

    (short, 2012)

    Music:
    The Island: Opening Play 
    The Island: It’s Never Too Late Play 
    The Island: The Argument Play 
    The Island: Someone’s Following Me Play 
    The Island: Something’s Happening Here Play 
    The Island: Signs Play 
    The Island: Voices Play 
    The Island: Finale Play 

    External links:
    More details on IMDb

  • To Hell with the Transition MORE >>LESS <<

    Director:
    Cristina Nichituş

    Production:
    Paradox Film

    Music:
    Cristian Lolea

    Cast:
    Cecilia Bârbora, Mihai Bisericanu, Vali Mihali, Vasile Muraru, Valentin Teodosiu, Laura Vasiliu, Gabriel Spahiu, Andreea Măcelaru

    Synopsis
    It’s a comedy film that centers on the problems experienced by Romania in more than two decades of transition.

    (feature, 2012)

    Music:
    To Hell with the Transition: The City Play 
    To Hell with the Transition: The Neighborhood Play 
    To Hell with the Transition: Photos Play 
    To Hell with the Transition: At the hospital Play 
    To Hell with the Transition: Leaving Vitalie’s Place Play 
    To Hell with the Transition: Chase I Play 
    To Hell with the Transition: Falling Cauldrons Play 
    To Hell with the Transition: Closing Credits Play 

  • Something Good Out of Life MORE >>LESS <<

    Director:
    Dan Piţa

    Production:
    MediaPro Pictures

    Music:
    Cristian Lolea

    Cast:
    Corneliu Ulici, Dragoş Dumitru, Adelaida Perjoiu, Anastasia Dumitrescu, Adrian Găzdaru

    Synopsis
    Mateo and Ginel are two friends who grew up in an orphanage in Jiu Valley, one of the poorest regions in the European Union. Their dream is to go to America, but they have to do something to raise enough money. “Something Good Out of Life” is the story of friendship, love and dreams that seem dangerously frail in this cold and rough place, but, however, hope prevails as the characters try to find their place amidst the chaos of the early 90′s in Romania.

    Although far from their preferred option, Mateo and Ginel take jobs as miners as the first step towards their great escape. The dark corridors that greet them at first will lead them to a rollercoaster ride of surprises, decisions and actions as they try to make their way out from a life and place as claustrophobic as the mines themselves, finding and losing ideals, money and love in the process.

    (feature, 2011)

    Music:
    Something Good Out of Life: Descending Into the Mine
    Play 

    External links:
    Official Website
    More details on IMDb
    Official Facebook

  • Breakdown MORE >>LESS <<

    Director:
    Gheorghe Preda

    Production:
    Viorica Samson Manea
    & Scharf Film

    Music:
    Cristian Lolea

    Cast:
    Corina Moise, Vitalie Bantaş

    Synopsis
    An unusual story about the mental breakdown of a nurse in a psychiatric hospital.

    (short, 2011)

    Music:
    Breakdown: Opening Play 
    Breakdown: In the Bath Play 
    Breakdown: The End Play 

    External links:
    More details on IMDb

  • Escape from Heaven MORE >>LESS <<

    Director:
    Stelian Tănase

    Production:
    Filmex

    Music:
    Cristian Lolea

    Musical Theme:
    Dinu Olăraşu

    Synopsis
    Escape from Heaven is a docudrama based on real events that narrates disturbing stories about break-ups, flights, tragedies, great longings and life. The internal monologues of the characters draw a blurry map of escape from Romania’s communist hell during the rule of Dej and Ceauşescu, and their iron hand – The Security.

    Escape from Romania meant regaining your freedom and your humanity. These fugitives were normal people who planned their escape a few years ahead of their actual flight. They were secretive and calm. They were winners in the eyes of the ones left behind.

    (documentary, 2011)

    Music:
    theme/text: Dinu Olăraşu
    arrangement/orchestration: Cristian Lolea
    Escape from Heaven: Escape from Heaven Play 

    External links:
    More details on IMDb

  • Oxygen MORE >>LESS <<

    Director:
    Adina Pintilie

    Production:
    Filmex, Manekino Film,
    Cinema Studio of Romanian Ministry of Culture
    Music:
    Cristian Lolea/ Marius Gâlea

    Synopsis
    During the communist dictatorship in Romania (1945-1989), thousands of people risked their lives in an attempt to run away from the country. Despair made them invent the most incredible methods to cross the border illegally. Some of them managed to escape, but many lost their lives in these attempts.

    OXYGEN is inspired by such a real case – a man who tried to cross the Danube illegally using an oxygen cylinder.

    The facts, however, are reinterpreted in a highly subjective vision. Blending beautifully shot fiction and strange archive footage, in visuals and sounds of haunting quality, the film depicts an emotional landscape, a man’s inner journey towards a healing hereafter.

    (documentary short, 2010)

    External links:
    More details on IMDb
    Official Webpage

  • Descriptio Moldaviae MORE >>LESS <<

    Director:
    Stelian Tănase

    Production:
    Filmex,
    The Romanian Ministry of Culture and Cults

    Music:
    Cristian Lolea

    (documentary TV series, 2008)

    Music:
    Descriptio Moldaviae: Main Title Play 
    Descriptio Moldaviae: Politics Play 
    Descriptio Moldaviae: People Play 

    External links:
    More details on IMDb

  • Chronicle of a Death Foretold MORE >>LESS <<

    Director:
    Andrei Gruzsniczki

    Production:
    Libra Film

    Music:
    Cristian Lolea

    Cast:
    Doru Ana, Luminiţa Erga, Constantin Ghenescu

    Synopsis
    In life, we are guided by all sorts of Operating Instructions & Users’ Manuals. But no one tells you what to do if you wake up on a mortuary table, waiting for your own autopsy. Now Mr. Anghel is ready to find out.

    (short, 2007)

    External links:
    More details on IMDb
    Official Webpage

  • An Angel Hooked on Me MORE >>LESS <<

    Director:
    Gheorghe Preda

    Production:
    MDV Film

    Music:
    Cristian Lolea

    Cast:
    Anca Florea, Emily Daler, Constantin Florescu

    Synopsis
    Ana is a pianist and a composer. She is young, has an enviable social position, various musical projects and a great deal of drive. She lives in a big house, decorated in black and white, in a minimalist style, in a residential area.

    An unknown admirer is sending her, from afar, paradoxical signs of love. These are ironic messages, unexpected presents and clever manipulations that all have one thing in common – the colour blue and a moralizing nuance.

    His seduction ritual is more like a show of his power, but also of his intelligence: it suffices that Ana makes a wish and, in a short while, she gets “it”.

    The reality around her will be altered, and she will increasingly feel like an actor in a huge media show, whose scenario will remain unknown to the very end. The viewer is the one to imagine the motivations and intentions of the unseen character, who, just like a capricious god, orchestrates around himself a whole show, giving unpredictable and paradoxical proof of love.

    (feature, 2007)

    Music:
    An Angel Hooked on Me: Opening Title Theme Play 
    An Angel Hooked on Me: Concert Play 
    An Angel Hooked on Me: Eating Theme II Play 
    An Angel Hooked on Me: The Trafficators Play 
    An Angel Hooked on Me: Memories I Play 
    An Angel Hooked on Me: Aquarium Theme I Play 
    An Angel Hooked on Me: Memories II Play 
    An Angel Hooked on Me: Mom’s phone call Play 
    An Angel Hooked on Me:Blue Angel (instrumental) Play 
    An Angel Hooked on Me: Memories III Play 
    An Angel Hooked on Me: I Wanna Meet You! Play 
    An Angel Hooked on Me: Finding the Hospital Play 
    An Angel Hooked on Me: Memories IV Play 
    An Angel Hooked on Me: Sanctus Play 
    An Angel Hooked on Me: End Title Theme Play 

    External links:
    Official Website
    More details on IMDb
    Official Facebook

  • A Garret Full of Broken Toys MORE >>LESS <<

    Director:
    Gheorghe Preda

    Production:
    Fundaţia Euroest, Petrom S.A., Asociaţia Iniţiativa Civică

    Music:
    Cristian Lolea

    Cast:
    Andi Vasluianu, Ana Ularu, Toma Cuzin, Cătălin Neamţu

    Synopsis
    The story of a gaming addict who loses his friends, his lover and his job because of his vice.

    (short, 2005)

    Music:
    A garret full of broken toys: The Game Play 

  • Challenge Day MORE >>LESS <<

    Director:
    Napoleon Helmis

    Production:
    Ro De Film

    Music:
    Cristian Lolea

    Cast:
    Gheorghe Visu, Constantin Drăgănescu, Constantin Florescu, Toma Cuzin

    Synopsis
    Challenge Day is a sports competition between a Romanian and a Japanese City. The city with the most people doing sports outdoors in a day wins the Challenge. One man refuses to take part in the contest with no apparent reason.

    (short, 2005)

    External links:
    More details on IMDb