New Arrivals · DVDs—Foreign Feature Films

May 26, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


May 25, 2017
Kualalumpur : Suara Networks AV, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 140 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Rajinikanth, Winston Chao, Radhika Apte.
Before Indian Independence, many Tamils from South India were sent to Malaysia as indentured laborers. Kabali, the protagonist, fights this oppression. After a lengthy imprisonment, he is more determined than ever to fight for his people.

The Ghazi attack

May 25, 2017
Mumbai : Reliance Big Entertainment, [2017]
1 videodisc (161 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Rana Daggubati, Atul Kulkarni, Kay Kay Menon, Taapsee Pannu.
The Ghazi Attack is inspired by true events from the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971.
Special features : Theatrical trailer.
The story is about an executive naval officer of the Indian Submarine and his team, who remain underwater for 18 days. The film is based on the mysterious sinking of PNS Ghazi during Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

Our little sister

May 24, 2017
Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Suzu Hirose, Kaho, Ryô Kase.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2015.
Based on the graphic novel "Umimachi diary" by Akimi Yoshida.
When their father, who has been absent for fifteen years, dies, his three adult daughters travel to to his funeral where they meet and bond quickly with their teenage half sister.

1000 rupee note = Ek hazarachi note

May 24, 2017
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Usha Naik, Sandeep Pathak, Shrikant Yadav, Ganesh Yadav, Pooja Nayak.
Widescreen (2.35:1, 16x9).
Bonus features: Audio commentary by director Shrihari Sathe; Behind-the-scenes footage; Music videos; Trailer.
"Budhi, a widow, lives in a small village in Maharashtra, India. Her only son, a young farmer, has committed suicide. Though poor and left alone in the world she leads a cheerful life. She is particularly fond of her neighbor, young Sudama, with whom she shares the small pleasures of life. A local politician gives her a few 1000 rupee notes at an election rally. She and Sudama go shopping to the nearby market with her new found wealth, but fate has other plans for them." -- container.

Ixcanul = Volcán

May 24, 2017
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2017]
1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
María Mercedes Coroy, María Telón, Manuel Antún, Justo Lorenzo, Marvin Coroy.
Special features: Making of Ixcanul; trailer.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2015.
"A dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Mayans living on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. A ... fusion of fact and fable, this ... film is an immersive journey into its characters' customs and beliefs, chronicling with unblinking realism disappearing traditions and a disappearing people"--Container.

The mafia kills only in the summer

May 24, 2017
[Brooklyn, NY] : Icarus Films Home Video, [2014]
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Cristiana Capotondi, Pif, Alex Bisconti.
Wide screen (1.85:1).
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
The story of growing up and falling in love in the Mafia-ridden city of Palerma. Seen through the eyes of Arturo, a child brought up in a fascinating yet terrifying city, the story spans twenty years of life filled with passion and laughter.


May 23, 2017
[United States] : Arrow Academy, [2017]
2 videodiscs (238 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Silvana Mangano.
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1973.
disc 1. Theatrical version: Part one (126 minutes) ; Television version: Part one (48 minutes), part two (56 minutes), part three (53 minutes) -- disc 2. Theatrical version: Part two (112 minutes); Television version: Part four (48 minutes, part five (54 minutes).
From his glittering coronation in 1864 as King of Bavaria to his mysterious death, Ludwig II (1845-86, played by Helmut Berger) epitomised the doomed nineteenth-century Romantic hero. A loner by nature, he was tormented by his unrequited love for Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who urged him to put duty before desire and marry the Russian princess, Sophie. But as Bavaria waged war with Prussia, Ludwig's sole obsession remained the visionary music of Richard Wagner (Trevor Howard). Wagner, in turn, regarded Ludwig as an eccentric but malleable patron and exploited him mercilessly. Ludwig retreated more and more into a fantasy world, alarming his ministers through his irrational behaviour. Shortly afterwards, Ludwig's corpse was found floating in a Bavarian lake, the victim of apparent suicide.


May 19, 2017
New York, NY : IFC Films, [2016]
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger, Paul Hamy.
Wide screen.
DVD release of the 2015 motion picture.
"What happens when the man hired to protect you may be the real threat? ... Vincent, a troubled Afghanistan veteran who, after being discharged from the army, becomes bodyguard to the wife ... and young son of a wealthy Lebanese businessman at their luxurious villa on the French Riviera. But trapped in a perpetual mental warzone, the unstable Vincent must determine which dangers to the family are real and which are the product of his PTSD-fueled paranoia if he is going to keep them safe"--Container.

The age of shadows

May 18, 2017
Seoul : CJ Entertainment, [2016]
1 videodisc (140 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Byung-Hun Lee, Yoo Gong, Kang-Ho Song, Ji-Min Han, Hee-Soon Park, Shingo Tsurumi, Foster Burden.
Wide screen.
Special features: Cast interviews ; trailers.
Set in the late 1920s, the story follows a cat-and-mouse game between a group of resistance fighters who want to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, and the Japanese agents trying to stop them. A talented Korean-born Japanese police officer, who was previously in the independence movement himself, is torn between his duty as an officer and his instinct to support the greater cause.

Things to come

May 15, 2017
New York, NY : IFC Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Isabelle Huppert, Edith Scob, Andrea Marcon, Roman Kolinka.
Title from disc label.
DVD release of the 2016 motion picture.
Nathalie is a philosophy teacher with a seemingly settled existence, juggling a rich life of the mind with the day-to-day demands of career and family. But beginning with the bombshell revelation that her husband of twenty-five years is leaving her, one by one the pillars of Nathalie's life start to crumble. For the first time in ages, she finds herself adrift, but also with a newfound sense of liberation. With nothing to hold her back, Nathalie sets out to rediscover herself.

As I open my eyes

May 10, 2017
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Baya Medhaffer, Ghalia Ben Ali, Montassar Ayari, Lassaad Jamoussi, Aymen Omrani.
DVD release of the 2015 motion picture.
Farah, eighteen years old, has just graduated and her family already sees her as a future doctor. She doesn't think the same way. She sings in a political rock band. She has a passion for life, gets drunk, discovers love and her city by night against the will of her mother Hayet, who knows Tunisia and its dangers too well.


May 10, 2017
1 videodisc (78 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Soria Zéroual, Zita Hanrot, Kenza-Noah Aïche, Chawki Amari, Isabelle Candelier.
Wide screen (1.85:1, 16x9).
Loosely based on the books Prière à la lune and Enfin, je peux marcher seule by Fatima Elayoubi.
"Named the best French film of 2016 by the César Awards, Fatima is a brilliant and moving tale about what it means to be an immigrant today. It was inspired by the life of North African poet Fatima Elayoubi, who immigrated knowing little French and slowly taught herself the language. Fatima (Soria Zeroual) lives with her two teenage daughters in Lyon, and works cleaning jobs to pay their way through school. She is a woman pressured by her children and her neighbors alike to assimilate into a culture of which she's wary. Fatima is a complex, uplifting film that is one of recent French cinema's most trenchant and memorable portraits of the contemporary immigrant experience"--Container.

Ok jaanu [videorecording]

May 8, 2017
Mumbai : Reliance Big Entertainment, [2017]
1 videodisc (137 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor, Leela Samson.
Special features : Making of the film -- Theatrical trailer.
Adi and Tara move to Mumbai to pursue their dreams. A chance meeting sparks off a heady, no strings attached romance until their careers pull them apart. Will ambition prevail over matters of the heart?

The innocents

May 4, 2017
Chicago, IL : Music Box Films, [2016]
1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Lou De Laage, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent MacAigne, Joanna Kulig.
Title from disc label.
Aspect ratio, 1.85:1.
Warsaw, December 1945: the Second World War is finally over and Mathilde is treating the last of the French survivors of the German camps. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic one night begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent, what she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy.

The salesman

May 3, 2017
Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi.
Special features: A conversation with writer-director Asghar Farhadi.
Anamorphic wide screen (1.85:1).
The story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

Goto, isle of love

May 3, 2017
[Chicago, IL] : Olive Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Pierre Brasseur, Ligia Branice, Guy Saint-Jean, Jean-Pierre Andreani.
Wide screen (1.66:1).
Extras: Introduction by artist and Turner Prize nominee Craigie Horsfield; The cncertration universe: Goto, isle of love--interview program featuring actor Jean-Pierre Andréani, co-writer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, cameraman Noël Véry and camera assistant Jean-Pierre Platel.
Goto III is an unstable and jealous dictator married to the beautiful Glossi. Unbeknownst to Goto III, Glossia is carrying on an affair with one of his guards, the handsome Lieutenant Gono. Also lusting after the dictator's wife is Grozo, a petty thief who, by winning the confidence of Goto III, plans to win Glossia for himself. Simmering passions will boil over on the isle, leading to a surprising denouement.


April 26, 2017
[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2017]
1 videodisc (114 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Nobuko Miyamoto, Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki.
Wide screen (1.85:1).
DVD release of the 1985 motion picture.
The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe.


April 26, 2017
[Chicago, IL] : Olive Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Michel Simon, Georges Wilson, Ligia Branice, Jacques Perrin.
Wide screen (1.66:1).
Extras: Introduction by director Leslie Megahey; Ballad of imprisonment: Blanche--interview program featuring producer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, assistant director André Heinrich, camera operator Noël Véry and assistant Patrice Leconte.
An elderly noble baron and his much younger bride welcome a visiting King and his handsome page, Bartolomeo to their castle, which sets in motion accusations of disloyalty and marital infidelity, turning what should be a fairytale into a nightmare.

Just a sigh

April 18, 2017
Brooklyn, NY : Icarus Films, [2013]
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Emmanuelle Devos, Gabriel Byrne.
Widescreen (1.85:1).
"The Distrib Films collection"--Container.
In the short break between performances in Calais, stage actress Alix, played by the stunning Emmanuelle Devos makes a quick escape to Paris. On the train, she meets a mysterious English stranger. Drawn toward him, she follows him, loves him, for a few hours, before facing what could be a new life.

Dead or alive

April 17, 2017
[United States] : Arrow Video, [2017]
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Riki Takeuchi, Show Aikawa.
Wide screen (1.85:1).
Originally released as a motion picture in 1999.
Tough Gangster Ryuichi and his ethnically Chinese gang make a play to take over the drug trade in Tokyo's Shinjuku district by massacring the competition, but he meets his match in detective Jojima, who will do everything to stop them.

Toni Erdmann

April 17, 2017
Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 163 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl, Trystan Pütter, Hadewych Minis, Lucy Russell, Ingrid Bisu, Vlad Ivanov, Victoria Cociaş.
Title from disc label.
Anamorphic wide screen (1.85:1).
Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. He pays her a surprise visit in Bucharest, where she's busy as a corporate strategist. The geographical change doesn't help them to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried annoys his daughter with corny pranks and jabs at her routine lifestyle of meetings and paperwork. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to go home to Germany. Enter Toni Erdmann: Winfried's flashy alter ego.

Worlds apart

April 17, 2017
[Burbank, CA] : Cinema Libre Studio, [2017]
1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
J. K. Simmons, Christopher Papakaliatis, Andrea Osvart, Maria Kavoyianni, Minas Hatzisavvas, Tawfeek Barhom, Niki Vakali.
Wide screen.
Bonus features: trailers; 15 minute featurette; director interview.
A young college student falls in love with a Syrian refuge. An unhappy sales manager has an affair with a Swedish executive. A German retiree romances a wistful housewife. Their worlds collide in present day Greece against the backdrop of a ruinous financial collapse.

Dead or alive. 2, Birds

April 17, 2017
[United States] : Arrow Video, [2017]
1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Riki Takeuchi, Show Aikawa.
Wide screen (1.85:1).
Originally released as a motion picture in 2000.
A pair of rival yakuza assassins turn out to be childhood friends; after a botched hit, they flee together to the island where they grew up, and decide to devote their deadly skills to a more humanitarian cause.

Dead or alive. Final

April 17, 2017
[United States] : Arrow Video, [2017]
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Riki Takeuchi, Show Aikawa.
Wide screen (1.85:1).
Originally released as a motion picture in 2002.
In Yokohama, AD 2346, a multiethnic melting pot is ruled by cruel Dictator Wu. Wu and his agenda are resisted by underworld rebels and enforced by super-cops.

Cold war 2

April 13, 2017
1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung, Ka Fai, Charlie Young, Yun-Fat Chow, Janice Man.
Bonus features: A Powerhouse cast -- The Story -- The Three Powers -- VFX and Action -- Trailer.
In this sequel to the 2012 Hong Kong megahit, a psychotic killer's desperate escape attempt turns rival police chiefs against one another, battling it out on the streets and at the station. Sean Lau is now the Commissioner of Police after the successful rescue operation. However, things turn bad when his wife and daughter are kidnapped. Sean has to seek help from former rival and retired DCP, Waise Lee, to return to his job to help save Seans̀ wife and child.


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