New Arrivals · DVDs—Foreign Feature Films

January 17, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


January 16, 2018
[Chicago, IL] : Facets Video, [2009]
1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Sotiria Leonardou, Nikos Kalogeropoulos, Michalis Maniatis, Themis Bazaka, Nikos Dimitratos, Giorgos Zorbas, Konstantinos Tzoumas, Vicky Vanita.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1983.
Describes the turbulent 40 years in popular singer Marika Ninou's life. Born in Smyrna, Turkey in 1917, she was deported to Greece when she was 7-years-old. Her parents begins a career as musician and singer in a nightclub. Ninou watches her father murder her mother, runs away from home, has a baby, and comes back to the nightclub to sing.

Past life

January 15, 2018
Culver City, CA : Samuel Goldwyn Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Nelly Tagar, Joy Rieger, Doron Tavory, Evgenia Dodina, Tom Avni, Rafael Stachowiak, Muli Shulman.
Videodisc release of the 2016 motion picture.
"Inspired by a true story."
Two sisters traverse 1977 Europe in the hopes of solving a World War II-era mystery that haunts their present lives.

Sand dollars = Dólares de arena

January 4, 2018
Philadelphia, PA : Breaking Glass Pictures, [2015]
1 videodisc (approximately 85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Geraldine Chaplin, Yanet Mojica, Ricardo Ariel Toribio, Bernard Bizel, Ramón Cordero.
Special features: Preparation for the shoot; interview with Geraldine Chaplin; behind the scenes; Film Festival footage; music clip; deleted scenes; Making of Sand Dollars : the images.
Based on the novel by Jean-Noël Pancrazi, Les Dollars des Sables.
Every afternoon Noeli, a young Dominican girl, goes to the beaches at Las Terrenas with her boyfriend to look for ways to make a living at the expense of one of the many tourists that wander the beach. As people parade through her life, Noeli has a steady client; a mature French woman who, as time goes by, has found an ideal refuge on the island to spend her last years.

Brotherhood of blades

January 4, 2018
[Plano, Texas] : Well Go USA Entertainment, [2015]
1 videodisc (112 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Chang Chen, Ye Qing, Jin Shijie, Wang Qianyuan.
Title from disc label.
DVD release of the 2014 motion picture.
This kung fu thriller is set in the late Ming Dynasty. Three elite guards for the palace are involved in a power struggle with one of their own brothers.

The king's choice

January 3, 2018
Los Angeles, CA : Samuel Goldwyn Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 133 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics, Tuva Novotny, Katharina Schuttler.
On the ninth of April 1940, the German war machine arrive in the city of Oslo. The Norwegian King faces a choice that will change his country forever.

Shock wave

January 3, 2018
[New York, NY] : Cinedigm, [2018]
1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Andy Lau, Wu Jiang, Jia Song, Philip Keung, Ron Ng.
When a terrorist who specializes in explosives takes hold of an underground tunnel, he threatens to kill hostages if his demands are not met.

La ciénaga [videorecording] = the swamp

January 3, 2018
[United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2015]
1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Mercedes Moran, Graciela Borges, Martin Adjemian, Silvia Bayle, Juan Cruz Bordeu, Daniel Valenzuela, Sofia Bertolotto, Andrea Lopez, Leonora Balcarce.
Special features: New interview with filmmaker Andrés de Tella about Martel and the film; Trailer; New English subtitle translation; An essay by critic David Oubiña.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2001.
With a radical take on narrative, disturbing yet beautiful cinematography, and a highly sophisticated use of on- and offscreen sound, Martel turns her tale of a decaying bourgeois family, whiling away the hours of one sweaty, sticky summer, into a cinematic marvel. This visceral take on class, nature, sexuality, and the ways political turmoil and social stagnation can manifest in human relationships is a drama of amazing tactility and one of the great contemporary film debuts.

Lipstick under my burkha

December 27, 2017
Mumbai : Reliance Big Entertainment, [2017?]
1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Aahana Kumra, Ratna Pathak Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma.
Special features include making offs.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2017.
Set in the crowded by-lanes of small town India, Lipstick Under My Burkha chronicles the secret lives of four women in search of a little freedom.

Toilet : ek prem katha

December 27, 2017
Mumbai : Reliance Big Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, [2017?]
1 videodisc (155 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar, Anupam Kher, Divyendu Sharma.
"Inspired by true events"--Trailer.
A woman leaves her husband on the first day of their marriage after discovering that he doesn't have a toilet. He desperately sets out on a mission to win back his love by standing up to the age-old traditions and values of India. It is a satirical take on a battle against the age old tradition of open defacation in the country. From the panchayat to the sanitation department, from the role of government to the superstitions of the villagers, from scams to the ethos, from first love to matured romance.

Lost in Paris

December 20, 2017
1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel, Emmanuelle Riva, Pierre Richard.
Widescreen (1.85:1).
Originally released as a motion picture in 2016.
Filmed in Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon's signature whimsical style, and stars the filmmakers as a small-town Canadian librarian and a strangely seductive, oddly egotistical French vagabond. When Fiona's orderly life is disrupted by a letter of distress from her elderly Aunt Martha who is living in Paris, Fiona hops on the first plane she can and arrives only to discover that Martha has disappeared. In an avalanche of spectacular disasters, she encounters Dom, the affable, but annoying tramp won't leave her alone.

The unknown girl

December 12, 2017
New York, NY : IFC Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Adele Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jeremie Renier, Louka Minnella, Christelle Cornil.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2016.
One evening after work hours, Jenny, a young doctor, allows the door buzzer at the small clinic where she works to go unanswered. It's only later that she learns that the person ringing was an unidentified African woman found dead shortly after by the side of a road. Consumed by the thought that she is to blame, Jenny embarks on an obsessive crusade to discover who the anonymous woman was and to see to it that she is not forgotten.


December 1, 2017
West Bengal : Shree Venkatesh Films Pvt Ltd., [2017]
1 videodisc (ca. 2 hr., 19 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Prasenjit Chatterjee, Dev, Parambrata Chaterjee, Ankush Hazra, Koushik Sen.
Title from disc.
Based on William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar & Antony and Cleopatra.
A modern-day adaptation of two of William Shakespeare's tragedies, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra.


December 1, 2017
Mumbai : Reliance Big Entertainment, 2017.
1 videodisc (156 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Arjun Kapoor, Illeana D'Cruz, Athiya Shetty, Anil Kapoor.
Special feature : The making of film.
Kartar Singh is left with the responsibility of raising his two orphaned nephews. He asks his brother in Punjab to raise Charan and his sister in London to raise Karan. Karan is street-smart and flamboyant while Charan is simple, idealistic and honest in his approach. The trouble brews when the twins--Charan and Karan--get their love-wires crossed.


November 28, 2017
1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Kanji Furutachi, Tadanobu Asano, Mariko Tsutsui.
Title from disc label.
Aspect ratio 1.66:1; enhanced for widescreen TV (16x9).
With his highly perceptive attention to character, director Koji Fukada creates an explosive family drama. Intended as a companion piece to the black comedy Hospitalite, Harmonium returns to the domestic sphere as it captures the collapse of a seemingly ordinary Japanese family. Life for Toshio, his wife, and their younger daughter Hotaru carries on as usual until he hires the mysterious Mr. Yasaka, an old acquaintance dressed in white who has just been released from prison, in his workshop.

After love

November 28, 2017
[Brooklyn, New York] : Icarus Films Home Video, [2017]
1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Bérénice Bejo, Cédric Kahn.
Wide screen (2.35:1).
Originally released as a motion picture in 2016.
Boris and Marie have decided to separate after fifteen years together. However, cash-strapped Boris is still living in the family home. When all is said and done, neither of the two is willing to give up. Now this apartment is a war zone and their situation a nightmare.

Pulimurugan = The wild hunter

November 27, 2017
Kacheripady, Cochin : Central Home Entertainment, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 162 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Mohanlal, Jagapati Babu, Lal, Kishore, Siddique.
Title from disc label.
Anamorphic wide screen.
An ordinary man who lives in a village near forest area and his transformation from Murugan to Pulimurugan.

The film critic

November 22, 2017
[Chicago, Illinois] : Music Box Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Rafael Spregelburd, Dolores Fonzi, Blanca Lewin.
Wide screen.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
A playful yet heartfelt take on the rom-com genre, it follows a world-weary film critic who prefers to think in French and eschews romantic clichés, until he finds himself living one. When a chance meeting throws him into the jarring world of gorgeous thrill-seeker, he starts to question his meticulous, intellectual routine and realizes there's more to his story than he ever dreamed.

Army of shadows = L'armée des ombres

November 17, 2017
Santa Monica, Calif. : Lionsgate, [2014?]
1 videodisc (approximately 145 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret, Claude Mann, Paul Crauchet Christian Barbier, Serge Reggiani, André Dewavrin, Alain Dekok, Alain Mottet, Alain Libolt, Jean-Marie Robain, Albert Michel, Denis Sadier, Georges Sellier, Marco Perrin, Hubert de Lapparent, Colin Mann, Anthony Stuart, Michel Fretault.
Originally released as a French motion picture in 1969.
L'Armee des Ombres is a stark and unvarnished story about Resistance fighters in Vichy France in 1942-43 when the French leadership allowed the Nazis to occupy the country. The members of this army are cold, hungry, desperate men and women, with false names and no addresses, who can be betrayed in an instant by a traitor or an accident. They know they will probably die. A meditation on the nature of resistance and the price of courage, these heroes can save their own country only by cutting themselves apart from it. Entangled in the political turmoil engulfing France in the wake of May '68--as a result received poorly there--the film was not distributed in the US until 2006.

Amnesia [videorecording (DVD)]

November 16, 2017
[New York] : Film Movement, 2017.
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Marthe Keller, Max Riemelt, and Bruno Ganz.
Includes bonus short film: "Your mother and I" (13 min.)directed by Anna Maguire.
On Ibiza in the early nineties, Jo is a twenty-five-year-old music composer. He has come over from Berlin and wants to be part of the nascent electronic music revolution, ideally by getting a job first as a DJ in the new nightclub on the island, Amnesia. Martha has been living alone in her house facing the sea for forty years. One night Jo knocks on her door. Her solitude intrigues him. They become friends even as the mysteries around her accumulate: that cello in the corner she refuses to play, the German language she refuses to speak. As Jo draws her into his world of techno music, Martha puts everything she had previously lived by into question.

Heal the living

November 15, 2017
Beverly Hills, CA : Entertainment One Film USA, [2017]
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval, Bouli Lanners, Kool Shen, Monia Chokri, Alice Taglioni.
Wide screen.
Based on the novel by Maylis de Kerangal.
This ensemble drama weaves together the stories of a teen who gets into a serious car accident, the teen's family and girlfriend, the staff at a hospital, and a middle-aged woman who needs a heart transplant.

Kung fu yoga

November 15, 2017
[Plano, Texas] : Well Go USA Entertainment, [2017]
1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jackie Chan, Aarif Lee, Lay Zhang, Sonu Sood, Mu Qimiya, Circe Shang, Coco Jiang, Disha Patani, Amyra Dastur.
Bonus features include: Best of the both worlds, the Dynamic duo, the Making of, Jackie Chan featurette, Bloopers, Bollywood dance featurette, Trailer.
"Jack (Jackie Chan), a world-renowned archaeology professor, and his team are on a grand quest to locate a lost ancient Indian treasure when they are ambushed by a team of mercenaries and left for dead. Using his vast knowledge of history and kung fu, Jack leads his team on a race around the world to beat the mercenaries to the treasure and save an ancient culture in this breakneck action-comedy that reunites Chan with acclaimed director Stanley Tong (Rumble in the Bronx, Supercop)."--container.

Sage-femme = The midwife

November 13, 2017
Chicago, IL : Music Box Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (117 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, Olivier Gourmet, Quentin Dolmaire, Mylene Demongeot, Pauline Etienne, Audrey Dana.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2017.
Bonus features: Interview with director Martin Provost; Berlinale press conference; theatrical trailer.
Two of French cinema's biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire, a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Beatrice, the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire's late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that brought them together.

The tower = Der Turm : tales from a vanished land

November 6, 2017
Chicago, IL : Music Box Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (180 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jan Josef Liefers, Sebastian Urzendowsky.
Title from disc label.
16x9 wide screen.
Based on the acclaimed novel, it is a searing look at Communist East Germany in its final decade; It reveals the intimate realities of life behind the Berlin Wall as seen through the eyes of the Hoffmann family and their community of privileged intellectuals in suburban Dresden.

Pop aye

October 23, 2017
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Penpak Sirikul, Bong,
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2017.
Bonus features include behind the scenes footage.
Successful Bangkok architect in the midst of a midlife crisis is reunited with an elephant he knew growing up. The two embark on a road trip to the man's childhood home in the idyllic Thai countryside.

Hindī medium

October 19, 2017
New Delhi : Super Cassettes, 2017.
1 videodisc : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar, Deepak Dobriyal.
A couple from Chandni Chowk aspire to give their daughter the best education and thus be a part of and accepted by the elite of Delhi.


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