When a body washes ashore on the Danish coast local detective Mads Justesen suspects it may have come from a nearby wind farm run by the conglomerate Energreen. Initial investigations prove this to be the case but when the farm’s Ukrainian workforce disappear mysteriously overnight and his superiors tell him to drop the case Justesen knows he is onto something. Forced to take leave ‘for family reasons’ Justesen attaches himself to the Major Fraud Squad and thus begins a thrilling cat-and-mouse game between the police and Energreen’s charismatic CEO Alexander Sanders and his ruthlessly ambitious young legal advisor Claudia Moreno. In a neat and characteristically Danish twist the corporate villain is a sustainable energy company trading on its environmental credentials to get away with murder—literally! Follow the Money is yet more top Scandi-Noir—to my mind the best since The Killing.
Anglo-Saxon Attitudes $39.95, Region 2
This marvellous comedy of manners includes what must be one of the earliest screen appearances of the present James Bond, Daniel Craig. Craig plays Gilbert Stokesay, the wayward son of an eminent archaeologist, who claims his father’s sensational discovery of a pagan phallic figure in the coffin of a disinterred Bishop, was based on an elaborate hoax for which he, Gilbert, was responsible. Gilbert’s best friend Gerald Middleton, now a wealthy and cultured professor of medieval history, who was present for the discovery, continues to be haunted by his friend’s claim which threatens his self-esteem and reputation as a historian. Forty years on and with Gilbert long dead in the trenches of the Great War, Gerald is determined to uncover the truth, at whatever cost, and in doing so must confront the demons of a wonderfully dissolute life.
Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach
This is a funny, provocative and revealing account of the life and career of one of Britain’s foremost filmmakers, Ken Loach, as he turns eighty and looks back at over fifty years of filmmaking, encompassing classics such as Kes (1969) and Palme d’Or winners The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) and I, Daniel Blake (2016). ($32.95, region 2)
In Order of Disappearance: Dir. Hans Petter Moland
When snowplow driver, Nils (Stellan Skarsgard) receives news that his son has died of a heroin overdose, he is disbelieving of the official report and soon uncovers evidence of his son’s murder an innocent victim of local crime boss, The Count . Armed with heavy machinery, Nils embarks upon a quest for revenge that inadvertently ignites a full-blown underworld gang war, with the body count spiralling ever higher and higher. DEATH WISH set in FARGO, but funnier...and bloodier! ($32.95, region 2)
Ivan’s Childhood: Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky
Andrei Tarkovsky’s debut feature is a moving and powerful story of war and revenge. Determined to avenge his family’s death at the hands of the Nazis, 12 year-old Ivan joins a Russian partisan regiment as a scout, where he becomes indispensable for his ability to slip unnoticed behind enemy lines. But, as his missions become increasingly dangerous, it is decided that he must be removed from the front line. Ivan resists and convinces his commanding officers to allow him to carry out one last expedition. ($32.95, region 2)
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