New Arrivals · DVDs—Foreign Feature Films

July 13, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Fireworks Wednesday

July 12, 2018
[New York, N.Y.] : Grasshopper Film, [2017]
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Hedieh Tehrani, Taraneh Alidousti, Hamid Farokh-nejad, Pantea Bahram, Matin Heydar-nia.
Originally produced in 2006.
Bonus features: Audio commentary by Tina Hassannia, author of "Asghar Farhadi: life and cinema", and critic Amir Soltani; Theatrical trailer.
A young woman named Rouhi is employed by a young couple to clean their house. Sweet and naive, Rouhi is engaged to be married, but her innocence is shattered when she finds her employers' household in crisis over accusations of infidelity.

Right now, wrong then

July 12, 2018
[New York, NY] : Grasshopper Film, [2017]
1 videodisc (121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Sang-soo Hong, Jae-Yeong Jeong, Min-Hee Kim, Yeo-Jeong Yoon, Ju-Bong Gi.
Wide sceen (1.85:1).
Originally released as a motion picture in 2015.
Quite by accident, a film director arrives in town a day early. With time to kill before his lecture the next day, he stops by a restored old palace and meets a fledgling artist. She's never seen any of his films, but knows he's famous. They talk. And together, they go to her workshop to look at her paintings, and have sushi and soju. More conversation follows, and drinks, and then an awkward get-together with friends. All the while, they may or may not be falling for each other.

Nocturama

July 12, 2018
©2018
1 videodisc (130 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani, Manal Issa, Martin Guyot, Jamil McCraven, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laure Valentinelli, Ilias Le Dore, Robin Goldbronn, Luis Rego, Hermine Karagheux.
Widescreen (2.35:1 Aspect ratio)
Originally released as a motion picture in 2016.
A group of tense, shifty adolescents prowl the streets and subways of Paris, learning through carefully delineated sequences that they're already well underway with a bombing plot. And then it becomes something familiar, yet altogether different, as these subversives tuck away inside a shopping mall and lose themselves in consumer culture.

Iruvar

July 12, 2018
[Wall Township, New Jersey] : AP International, [2016]
1 videodisc (159 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Mohan Lal, Aishwarya Rai, Prakash Raj, Tabu, Gouthami.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1997.
The real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi is given the Mani Ratnam treatment.

Tumhari Sulu

July 12, 2018
Delhi, India : T Series Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 144 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul, Neha Dhupia, Malishka Mendonsa, Vijay Maurya, Abhishek Sharrma, Seema Teneja.
Special features: Making of; remix bonus song.
A Mumbai housewife's routine life changes when she unexpectedly lands the exciting job of night RJ (radio jockey) at a leading radio station.

A ciambra

July 6, 2018
New York, NY : Sundance Selects, [2018]
1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Pio Amato, Koudous Seihon, Damiano Amato.
Wide screen.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2017.
Fourteen-year-old Pio wants nothing more than the respect of his older brother, whom he emulates in every way, including his career as a petty criminal. When both his father and brother are arrested, Pio is determined to prove that he can step up and be the head of his Romani family. But a fateful night and a wrenching decision soon test just how ready he is.

I dream in another language

July 6, 2018
[México] : [Filmrise], 2018.
1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Fernando Álvarez Rebeil, Fátima Molina, Eligio Meléndez, Manuel Poncelis.
An indigenous language is in peril as its last two speakers, Evaristo and Isauro, had a quarrel in the past and haven't spoken to each other in over 50 years. Martín, a young linguist, will undertake the challenge to bring the old friends back together and convince them to once again talk to each other, all so he can obtain a recorded registration of the language and study it. However, hidden in the past, in the heart of the jungle, lies a secret concealed by the language that makes it difficult to believe that the heart of Zikril will beat once again.

Padmaavat

July 5, 2018
Mumbai : Shemaroo Entertainment PVT. LTD., [2018]
2 videodiscs (164 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
Set in 1303 AD medieval India, this is the story of honor, valor and obsession. Queen Padmavati is known for her exceptional beauty along with a strong sense of justice and is the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh and pride of the Kingdom of Chittor, a prosperous kingdom in the north west of India. The legend of her beauty reaches the reigning sultan of Hindustan, Allaudin Khilji.

Casa de lava

June 28, 2018
[New York, New York] : Grasshopper Film, [2017]
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Inês Medeiros, Isaach de Bankolé, Edith Scob, Pedro Hestnes, Sandra do Canto Brandão, Raul Andrade.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1994.
Bonus features: Casa de Lava scrapbook / Pedro Costa (2012, 24 min.); Interview with cinematographer Emmanuel Machuel; theatrical trailer.
A nurse, Mariana, accompanies Leao to his home on the volcanic islands of Cape Verde after an accident sends him into a coma. Yet he goes unrecognized by fellow denizens, leaving Mariana trapped with and eventually entranced by a mysterious community. Never before released in the U.S. and now beautifully restored, it foreshadows the masterful films that would follow, yet is an extraordinary, ravishing work in its own right.

Qarib qarib singlle

June 22, 2018
Mumbai : Reliance Big Entertainment, 2018.
1 videodisc (125 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Irrfan Khan, Parvathy, Neha Dhupia.
Jaya and Yogi set out on a short journey to retrace past relationships and end up in the most eventful, strange, crazy trip of their lives.

Legend of the naga pearls = Jiao zhu zhuan

June 21, 2018
[Plano, TX] : Well Go USA Entertainment, [2017]
1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wang Dalu, Zhang Tian'ai, Sheng Guansen.
Widescreen (16:9)
Title from disc label.
After being defeated by humans centuries ago, the Winged Tribe has lost their ability to fly. Seeking vengeance, a royal descendant of the tribe has begun searching for the magical Naga Pearls, which he plans to use to destroy the humans. When the legendary pearls fall into - and out of - the hands of Heiyu, a wily human street punk, he must join a team of unlikely heroes as they race to prevent the destruction of their people in this magical fantasy adventure.

Other side of hope = Toivon tuolla puolen

June 21, 2018
[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2018]
1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Kaija Pakarinen, Niroz Haji, Janne Hyytiäinen, Ilkka Koivula, Nuppu Koivu, Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon.
Wide screen (1.85:1).
Features: New 2K digital transfer, approved by director Aki Kaurismäki; New interview with actor Sherwan Haji; Footage from the press conference for the film's premiere at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, featuring Kaurismäki, Haji, and actor Sakari Kuosmanen; Aki and Peter, a new video essay by filmmaker Daniel Raim, based on a 1997 essay by critic Peter von Bagh, to whom The Other Side of Hope is dedicated; Music videos; Trailer; plus, an essay by critic Girish Shambu.
"This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki, a response to the ongoing global refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Khaled (Sherwan Haji), a displaced Syrian, lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged Finnish salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves his wife and his job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable restaurant. Khaled is denied asylum but decides not to return to Aleppo--and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously. As deadpan as the best of the director's work, and with a deep well of empathy for its down-but-not-out characters (many of them played by members of Kaurismäki's loyal stock company), The Other Side of Hope is a bittersweet celebration of pockets of human kindness in an unwelcoming world"--Container.

Un condamné à mort s'est échappé [videorecording] / or, Le vent souffle où il veut = The wind blows where it wishes

May 29, 2018
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2013]
1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock, Roland Monod, Jacques Ertaud, Jean Paul Delhumeau, Roger Treherne, *Jean-Philippe Delamarre, Cesar Gattegno, Jacques Oerlemans, Kalus Detlef Grevenhorst, Leonhard Schmidt.
Special features: Disc 1: Trailer. Disc 2: Bresson: without a trace, a 1965 episode of the television program Cineastes de notre temps; The road to Bresson, a 1984 documentary; The essence of forms, a forty-five minute documentary from 2010; Functions of film sound, a new visual essay. Booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Tony Pipolo.
Based on the narrative by André Devigny.
Based on the memoirs of an imprisoned French resistance leader, this unbelievably taut and methodical marvel follows the fictional Fontaine's single-minded pursuit of freedom, detailing the planning and carrying out of his escape with gripping precision.

Theeran adhigaaram ondru

May 25, 2018
[United States] : Suara, [2018]
1 videodisc (163 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Karthi, Abhimanyu Singh, Rohit Pathak.
Widescreen.
Title from container.
Theeran, a police officer, tries to decode a series of cold blood events based on same pattern.

Vazante

May 18, 2018
[Chicago, IL] : Music Box Films, [2018]
1 videodisc (117 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Adriano Carvalho, Luana Nastas.
Title from disc label.
Upon returning from a trading expedition, Antonio discovers that his wife has died in labor. Confined to a decadent but desolate property in the company of his aging mother-in-law and numerous slaves, he marries his wife's young niece, Beatriz. Separated from her family and left alone on the rugged farmhouse in the Brazilian mountains, Beatriz finds solace in the displaced and oppressed inhabitants around her.

Contratiempo

May 18, 2018
[Mexico] : Amarok Films, [2015]
1 videodisc (approximately 106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Mario Casas, Ana Wagener, Jose Coronado, Barbara Lennie.
Title from disc label.
Special features: photo gallery; making of photos.
Accused of a murder of which he pleads not guilty, the successful businessman Adrián Doria hires the services of Virginia Goodman, the country's best witness trainer. In the course of one night, both will work to find a reasonable doubt that will release him from prison. The appearance of a new witness threatens to destroy the strategy of defense, forcing them to recompose the pieces of a crossword puzzle that defies all the laws of logic.

La Strada

May 18, 2018
[Place of publication not identified] : Criterion Collection, ©2003.
1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Starring: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1954.
Special features: New digital transfer, with restored image and sound -- Video introduction by Martin Scorsese -- Audio commentary by Peter Bondanella, author of "Italian Cinema: From Neorealism to the Present" and "The Cinema of Federico Fellini" -- "Federico Fellini's Autobiography" a documentary made for Italian television by Paquito del Bosco -- New essay by film scholar Peter Matthews -- Theatrical trailer for the English version -- Optional English-dubbed soundtrack featuring the voices of Anthony Quinn and Richard Basehart -- Language: Italian mono -- Subtitles: New and improved English subtitle translation.
The story of a poor woman who is sold to the strong man in a circus. She falls in love with him, but her love isn't returned until it is too late.

Valentina's wedding

May 7, 2018
Santa Monica, CA : Pantelion, 2018.
1 videodisc (approximately 107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Omar Chaparro, Marimar Vega, Ryan Carnes.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
Families feud, laughs fly, and cultures clash in this hilarious romantic comedy. Valentina has the perfect life in New York, with the perfect job and a perfect boyfriend, Jason. But when Valentina's scandal-ridden family in Mexico asks Valentina to pretend to be married to her ex-beau, Angel, in order to protect her father's political campaign, Valentina's ordered life turns upside down as she struggles to choose where her heart belongs.

In the fade

April 26, 2018
[Los Angeles, CA] : Magnolia Entertainment, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar.
Wide screen (2.35:1)
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2017.
Katja's life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. After a time of mourning and injustice, Katja seeks revenge.

The insult

April 26, 2018
Beverly Hills, CA: Entertainment One Film USA, [2018]
1 videodisc (113 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Camille Salameh.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2017.
After an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee escalates, the men end up in a court case that gets national attention.

Jamón, jamón

April 24, 2018
[Chicago, Ill.] : Olive Films, [2018]
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Stefania Sandrelli, Anna Galiena, Juan Diego, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Jordi Molla.
Wide screen (1.85:1 aspect ratio).
Originally released as a motion picture in 1992.
Traces the romantic entanglements of the beautiful and pregnant underwear factory worker Silvia; José Luis, the father of her child and heir to the factory fortune; Raul, underwear model, seducer, and would-be-bullfighter; and Conchita, José Luis' doting mother, family matriarch, and Raul's lover.

Solo

April 23, 2018
Perumbavoor : Saina Video Vision, [2017]
1 videodisc (152 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dulquer Salmaan, Dhansika, Sai Tamhankar.
Title from container.
An anthology, telling the story of four different people, each story revolving around four different elements: Earth, Fire, Wind and Water.

Velipadinte pusthakam

April 23, 2018
Kerala : Satyam Audios, [2017]
1 videodisc (156 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Mohanlal, Anoop Menon, Arun Kurian.
Title from container.
Professor Mathew Idikkula, who reformed the atmosphere of a college by developing a healthy relationship between teachers and students. The film reflects the goodness of the youth and the impact the students can have. It also takes a round-up on the revenge of the death of founding father of the college by killing his assasin.

Ittefaq

April 20, 2018
Mumbai : Reliance Big Entertainment, 2017.
1 videodisc (107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Sidharth Malhotra, Akshaye Khanna, Sonakshi Sinha.
An acclaimed writer and a young homemaker become the prime suspects in a double murder. Police officer Dev must figure out who's telling the truth when both offer conflicting stories about the events of that fateful night.

Tiger zinda hai

April 20, 2018
©2017
1 videodisc (161 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anupriya Goenka.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
A sequel to the record-breaking blockbuster 'Ek Tha Tiger' that continues the story of two super spies, Tiger and Zoya, eight years later.

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