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September 2017

 - Monday, September 04, 2017
A Bigger Splash—featuring David Hockney
Director Jack Hazan and writer David Mingay (Rude Boy) had access to David Hockney and his circle from 1971 to 1973, a critical period for Hockney following his break-up of his relationship with Peter Schlesinger. As much an intimate study of love gone wrong as a portrait of an artist at work, A Bigger Splash chronicles the emotional ripples that separation casts on their coterie. Newly remastered, features include: Love’s Presentation (James Scott, 1966, 25 minutes): a short film capturing the creation of Hockney’s Cavafy Etchings, narrated by the artist; Portrait of David Hockney (David Pearce, 1972, 13 minutes): Hockney seen relaxing at his home with Peter Schlesinger, and at work on his celebrated painting Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy;Interview with Jack Hazan (Adam Roberts, 2006, 28 mins, DVD only). ($29.95 Region 2, DVD & Blu-ray)

M: Dir. Fritz Lang ($34.95, Region 2)

Peter Lorre’s bravura performance as serial child-killer pursued by both the police and the criminal underworld—in a restored high-definition transfer in the correct 1.19:1 aspect ratio. Special features include: Two audio commentaries; The original 1932 British release version of M, presented in its entirety—featuring different actors, alternate takes, and Peter Lorre’s first performance in English; Zum Beispiel Fritz Lang, a 1968 documentary by Erwin Leiser with Fritz Lang discussing his career in German cinema

Faust: Dir. F.W. Murnau ($34.95, Region 2, DVD & Blu-ray)
The script for Murnau’s last German film fuses German folk legend & the works of Goethe, Gounod & Marlowe. In a gorgeous 1080p transfer of the domestic German print Emil Jannings as Mephisto wagers an angel (Werner Fuetterer) that he can corrupt the soul of the elderly professor Faust (Gosta Ekman). The pinnacle of silent cinema, the film’s barrage of visceral & apocryphal imagery contrasting with the simplicity & directness of its spiritual theme. Features include: original German intertitles & optional English subtitles; A choice of three scores; Full-length audio commentary; The Language of Shadows, a 53 minute documentary on Faust.

Nosferatu: Dir. F W Murnau ($34.95, Region 2)  A simple real-estate transaction leads an intrepid businessman deep into the superstitious heart of Transylvania. There he encounters the otherworldly Count Orlok—portrayed by the legendary Max Schreck, in a performance the very backstory of which has spawned its own mythology—who soon after embarks upon a cross-continental voyage to take up residence in a distant new land... and establish his ambiguous dominion. Murnau’s iconic film of the German expressionist cinema in a Brand new high-definition restoration, and heaps of special features.

The Team ($39.95, Region 2)
Headed by Danish homicide detective Harald Bjørn (Lars Mikkelsen), Belgian homicide detective Alicia Verbeek (Veerle Baetens), and German Federal Criminal Police superintendent Jackie Müller, ‘The Team’ work through the framework of Europol, to attempt to solve a series of cross-border murders—in the process unravelling an unscrupulous criminal organisation in Europe.

August 2017

 - Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Moonlight & Manchester by Sea
The Academy judges uncharacteristically got it right this year awarding top gongs to Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea—two powerful stories about troubled outsiders in today’s America. Writer/director Kenneth Lonergan won the Best Screenplay Oscar for Manchester by the Sea. His script is clever, frequently very funny and unflinching in its depiction of a family falling apart through grief. Leading man Casey Affleck deservedly won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance while Michelle Williams was unlucky to miss out on the Best Supporting Actress award for which she was nominated. Best Picture award went to Moonlight—a coming of age story set in a tough neighbourhood in Miami. A terrific cast, lead by Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris and Ashton Sanders, and deft direction by Barry Jenkins make for a compelling film exploring issues of race, sexuality and poverty in America’s south. Both stories sound grim but they are treated with such style and intelligence as to be richly rewarding viewing. Highly recommended.

20th Century Women: Dir. Mike Mills
Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening) is a determined single mother, raising her adolescent son Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing—Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbour.

Elle: Dir. Paul Verhoeven
Isabelle Huppert is Michèle LeBlanc; founder and CEO of a successful video game company, who is attacked in her own home. Taking what appears to be a desire to shrug off the terrifying incident, she locks the door after her attacker and refuses to tell the police—then Michèle begins to track down her assailant, and soon they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game, one that at any moment may spiral out of control. A gripping multi-layered psychological noir thriller from filmmaker Paul Verhoeven that recalls Hitchcock & Polanski.

Frantz: Dir. François Ozon
In a small German town after World War I, Anna mourns daily at the grave of her fiancé Frantz, killed in battle in France. One day a young Frenchman, Adrien, also lays flowers at the grave. His presence so soon after the German defeat ignites passions.

July 2017

 - Wednesday, July 05, 2017
I, Daniel Blake: Dir. Ken Loach ($21.95)
In the North-East of England, 59 year-old widower Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is forced to stop working when he is taken ill with heart disease and so applies for Employment and Support Allowance from the Government. But his life is further thrown into disarray when his benefits are suddenly taken away from him and he is forced to jump through the many hoops of the bureaucratic system to get them back. During this time, he meets the similarly-troubled single mother Katie (Hayley Squires) whose financial problems mean she is being forced out of her home in London along with her two kids Dylan and Daisy (Dylan McKiernan and Briana Shann).

Graduation: Dir. Cristian Mungiu ($32.95, region 2)

A young girl is set to leave her Romanian homeland for a prestigious English university when she is physically assaulted just before her final exam. Her father now tries to get to the bottom of who the culprit is and how to convince bureaucratic powers to reconsider this life changing exam for this daughter. Another brilliant drama that plays with thriller-like tension from the acclaimed director of 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days.

The Legacy: Season 3 ($42.95, region 2)
Following the death of progressive internationally-renowned artist Veronika Grønnegaard, The Legacy traces the story of Veronika’s four adult children, whose distinctive upbringing has affected their lives in very different ways. In this season the four heirs have finally made peace with the past, and with each other. Following Thomas’ death, Emil has taken on the role of parent to Melody at Grønnegaard, where they live with his niece, Hannah, and her artist troupe. Signe spends most of her time with her boyfriend, Aksel, running her organic farm. Gro has set up a gallery for young, progressive art at the Art Hall. Frederik lives in the US, and, having enjoyed a successful career and healthy profits, he is ready to make peace with Solveig. But, in his absence, his family has evolved, so is he really prepared for what awaits him once he comes back home?

The Hollow Crown Collection ($64.95)
Luscious screen adaptations of Shakespeare’s Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Henry V, Henry VI in two parts and Richard III starring Ben Whishaw, Tom Hiddleston & Jeremy Irons, Benedict  Cumberbatch, Hugh Bonneville, Judi Dench, Michael Gambon and many more, plus ‘making of’ special features with exclusive interviews with cast and crew—all in one set—a bargain!

Things To Come: Dir. Mia Hanson-Løve
Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is deeply passionate about her job & enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students & her eccentric mother, leading a life of personal & intellectual fulfilment. Unexpectedly, Nathalie’s husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With a newfound freedom suddenly thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent herself & establish a new way of living. ($25.95, region 2)

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