New Arrivals · DVDs—Foreign Feature Films

January 11, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

À la vie

January 10, 2017
Philadelphia, PA : Breaking Glass Pictures, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 104 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Julie Depardieu, Johanna ter Steege, Suzanne Clément, Hippolyte Girardot, Mathias Mlekuz, Benjamin Wangermée.
Widescreen (1.85:1).
DVD exclusive: Irène et ses Soeurs, the documentary by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann, whose real life mother inspired the film (French with English Subtitles).
Three Auschwitz survivors, and dear friends, meet again, against all odds. Inspired by a true story.

A man called Ove

January 9, 2017
Chicago, IL : Music Box Films, 2016.
1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll.
Title from disc label.
Based on the novel by Fredrik Backman.
Ove, a grumpy, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, decides to give up on life until an unlikely friendship develops with a boisterous young family that moves in next door.

The last king

December 21, 2016
©2016
1 videodisc (approximately 100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jakob Oftebro, Kristofer Hivju, Pal Sverre Hagen, Thorbjorn Harr, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Ane Ulimoen Overli, Soren Pilmark, Bjorn Sundquist.
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Based on the true story of a civl war in Norway in 1205.
Aided by rebel group the Birch Legs, the Norwegian King fights for survival against the Church's Bishopsmen, who seek to supplant the throne. On his deathbed after falling ill, the King soon welcomes a son, born in secrecy, as half the Kingdom wants him dead. Tasked with guarding the only remaining heir to the throne, two Birch Legs warriors, Skjervald and Torstein, escape with the infant and must traverse treacherous landscapes to protect their future King.

Meet the Guilbys

December 14, 2016
[New York, N.Y.] : First Run Features, [2016]
1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Isabelle Carre, Stephane De Groodt.
Title from disc label.
Claire and Maurice have to take the whole family to Claire's father's funeral. This tightly knit family is not only composed of Claire's vegetarian son, Alex, who's secretly fond of Maurice's daughter, Lucie, the teenage rebel, but also Claire's brother, a poet living under his sister's roof; without forgetting young Prune, Claire and Maurice's daughter, who will develop a passion for the country's emblematic cows. They must all strive to get along during the road trip to Willouby.

The kind words

December 13, 2016
Culver City, CA : Strand Releasing, [2016]
1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Rotem Zissman-cohen, Roy Assaf, Magi Azarzar, Jonathan Bar-giora, Assaf Ben-shimon.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2015.
This quirky and wry comedy follows three Jewish Israeli siblings, Dorona and her brothers Netanel and Shai, who, in the wake of their mother's death, learn the man who raised them is not their biological dad. The revelation sends them on a road trip from Israel across France to discover the truth about their birth father. It explores an unraveling family secret and the bittersweet journey of self-discovery that follows.

Summertime

December 13, 2016
[Culver City, CA] : Strand Releasing Home Video, [2016]
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Cécile de France, Izïa Higelin, Noémie Lvovsky, Kévin Azaïs, Benjamin Bellecour, Laetitia Dosch.
Wide screen.
Bonus feature: original theatrical trailer.
Carole and Delphine fall in love against the backdrop of early feminist activism in 1971 France. After living in the city, Delphine is called home to help with her family farm in the countryside and is forced to choose between her responsibility to them and the life of love she had in Paris with Carole.

Dukhtar = Daughter

December 1, 2016
New York, NY : Kino Lorber
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Samiya Mumtaz, Saleha Aref, Mohib Mirza.
Title from disc label.
On title screen the word Dukhtar dissolves into the word Daughter.
Allah Rakhi kidnaps her ten-year-old daughter Zainab to save her from a child marriage to a tribal leader. Their escape is a damning loss of honor for the two families, and a deadly hunt begins for them. Desperate for help, Allah Rakhi strikes an unlikely deal with a cynical ex-Mujahid truck driver to take them to Lahore. What follows is an epic journey through the sweeping landscape of Pakistan where the search for freedom and love comes with a price.

Standing tall

December 1, 2016
Port Washington, NY : Entertainment One, 2016.
1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Catherine Deneuve, Rod Paradot, Benoît Magimel, Sara Forestier, Diane Rouxel.
Widescreen.
DVD release of the 2015 motion picture.
A juvenile judge and a special educator are convinced that they can save the young delinquent Malony from himself and his violent ways.

Phantom boy

November 30, 2016
Universal City, CA : Universal, [2016]
1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Edouard Baer, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Audrey Tautou.
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Bonus features: Interview with Alain Gagnol & Jean-Loup Felicioli; The making of Phantom boy; One heck of a plan-an animated short from the directors of Phantom boy; and more!
Leo is a phantom boy due to a mysterious illness. It enables him to leave his body and explore the city as a ghost. In the hospital one day, he befriends Alex, a NYC cop. Alex had gotten injured while attempting to capture a gangster who has caused chaos in the metropolis. Now this extraordinary duo work together to foil the plot of the villianous gangster and save New York from destruction.

Ai

November 16, 2016
Kuala Lumpur : Msk Film Production Sdn Bhd. ; Paris : Lune International, 2015.
1 videodisc (188 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Vikram, Amy Jackson, Santhanam, Suresh Gopi.
A bodybuilder plans revenge after his various enemies inject him with a substance that deforms his body.

Microbe and Gasoline

November 4, 2016
New York, NY : Screen Media Films, [2016]
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Audrey Tautou, Ange Dargent, Theophile Baquet, Diane Besnier.
Widescreen.
Title from disc label.
Two young friends embark on a road trip across France in a vehicle they built themselves.

Bol

November 2, 2016
Mumbai : Eros International, 2011.
1 videodisc (146 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Humaima Malik, Manzar Sehbai, Iman Ali, Shafqat Cheema, Atif Aslam, Mahira Khan.
Others: deleted scenes; trailers.
Originally produced in 2011.
"Based in the heart of Lahore, the story takes place in a house full of daughters, teeming with the vibrancy of life but also restricted. It is the story of a girl who challenges the mind set that closes all doors of light on women of the house and considers them nothing more than a machine that produces children"--Container.

Devil's backbone

October 28, 2016
[New York] : Criterion Collection, [2013]
1 videodiscs (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve, Íñigo Garcés, Irene Visedo, José Manuel Lorenzo, Paco Maestre.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2001.
"One of the most personal film by Guillermo del Toro, ... is also among his most frightening and emotionally layered. Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, it tells the tale of a twelve-year-old boy who, after his freedom-fighting father is killed, is sent to a haunted rural orphanage full of terrible secrets. Del Toro expertly combines gothic ghost story, murder mystery, and historical melodrama in a stylish melange that, like his later Pan's Labyrinth, reminds us the scariest monsters are often the human ones"--Container.

Pan's labyrinth

October 28, 2016
©2006
1 videodiscs (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ivana Baquero ; Sergi Lopez ; Maribel Verdu ; Doug Jones ; Alex Angulo ; Cesar Vea.
Widescreen (1.85:1).
Originally released as a motion picture in 2006.
A dark fable set five years after the end of the Spanish Civil War. Eleven-year-old Ofelia comes face to face with the horrors of fascism when she and her pregnant mother are uprooted to the countryside, where her new stepfather, a sadistic captain in General Franco's army, hunts down Republican guerrillas who refuse to give up the fight. The violent reality in which she lives merges seamlessly with a fantastical interior world when Ofelia meets a faun in a decaying labyrinth.

Te3n [videorecording]

October 13, 2016
Mumbai : Reliance Big Entertainment, 2016.
1 videodisc (approximately 136 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vidya Balan, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty.
A man searches for clues related to the abduction and murder of his granddaughter, while a cop and a priest investigate a new kidnapping that bears similarities to that unsolved case.

Ramana Raghav 2.0

October 13, 2016
©2016
1 videodisc (133 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sobhita Dhulipala, Vicky Kaushal, Vipin Sharma.
Title from disc.
Anamorphic widescreen presentation.
The story follows the life of a serial killer Ramanna who is inspired by an infamous serial killer from the 1960s, Raman Raghav. His strange obsession with Raghavan, a young cop keeps growing as he closely follows him without his knowledge and often creates situations where both of them come face to face.

Udta Punjab [videorecording]

October 13, 2016
New Delhi : JSM Entertainment, 2016.
1 videodisc (149 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Diljit Dosanjh.
A story that revolves around drug abuse in the affluent north Indian State of Punjab and how the youth there have succumbed to it en-masse resulting in a socio-economic decline.

From afar = Desde allá

October 13, 2016
[Culver City, California] : Strand Releasing, [2016]
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alfredo Castro, Luis Silva, Jerico Montilla, Catherina Cardozo.
Title from disc label.
Based on a story by Guillermo Arriaga, Lorenzo Vigas
"Wealthy, middle-aged Armando lures young men to his home with money. He doesn't want to touch, only watch from a strict distance. Armando's first encounter with street thug Elder is violent, but this doesn't discourage the lonely man's fascination with the tough handsome teenager. Financial interest keeps Elder visiting him regularly and an unexpected intimacy emerges. However, Armando's haunted past looms large, and Elder commits the ultimate act of affection on Armando's behalf"--Container.

The wailing = Goksung

October 11, 2016
© 2016.
1 videodisc (approximately 157 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Kwak Do-Won, Jun Kunimura, Hwang Jung-Min, Chun Woo-Hee, So-Yeon Jang, Han-Cheol Jo.
Title and statement of responsibility from English subtitles on title screens.
A rash of brutal murders sweeps a quiet rural village where a mysterious stranger just appeared. When the investigating officer watches his daughter fall under the same savage spell, he consults a shaman for answers, unknowingly escalating the situation into something far more dangerous.

The last diamond = Le dernier diamant

October 11, 2016
©2016
1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Yvan Attal, Bérénice Bejo, Jean-François Stévenin, Antoine Basler, Jacques Spiesser, Annie Cordy.
Title from disc label.
Disc features: Theatrical trailer; Interview with director Eric Barbier; Interview with stars Bérénice Bejo and Yvan Attal.
Simon Carrerra has just been released from prison and is now on parole. His friend Albert persuades him back to his old ways with the idea of a big-time heist of a celebrated diamond in Antwerp; the "Florentine." The jewel's owner, Marie Neuville, suddenly passes away and her daughter, Julia, is left in charge of the sale. Simon encounters Julia while posing as a friend of Julia's mother. Slowly but surely, the two become closer. He manages to use their relationship to get to the diamond and the heist is a success. However, another member of the heist has a different motive and Simon has to decide if he wants to continue with the crime or help Julia recover the diamond.

Measure of a man = La loi du marché

October 11, 2016
New York : Kino Lorber, [2016]
1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Vincent Lindon, Karine de Mirbeck, Matthieu Schaller, Stéphanie Hurel.
Title from disc label.
DVD release of the 2015 motion picture.
"In The Measure of a Man, Vincent Lindon ... gives his finest performance to date as unemployed everyman Thierry, who must submit to a series of quietly humiliating ordeals in his search for work. Futile retraining courses that lead to dead ends, interviews via Skype, a workship critique of his self-presentation by fellow jobseekers; all are mechanisms that seek to break him down and strip him of identity and self respect. In his award-winning persormance, Vincent Lindon is quietly heartbreaking, revealing the soul of the unemployed"--Container.

Josh : (against the grain)

October 11, 2016
[New York, N.Y.] : Virgil Films, [2014]
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Khalid Malik, Aamina Sheikh, Adnan Shah Tipu.
Title from disc label.
DVD release of the 2013 motion picture.
Fatima, a committed schoolteacher living the cosmopolitan high life in Karachi, has her life shattered when her nanny, Nusrat inexplicably disappears. Though her friends and family beg her not to disturb the status quo and confront the powerful feudals in Nusrat's village, Fatima travels there to investigate.

Waiting [videorecording]

October 6, 2016
Mumbai : Reliance Big Entertainment, 2016.
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Naseeruddin Shah, Kalki Koechlin, Arjun Mathur, Rajat Kapoor.
Tara is a fiercely independent woman whose life turns upside down after her husband Rajat meets with an accident. At the hospital, she meets Shiv, an elderly man whose wife of 40 years has been in the coma for eight months. The two strike an unlikely friendship that helps them cope with their grief.

A touch of zen / International Film Production ; presented by Sha Yung-Fong ; executive producer, Yang Hsi-Ching ; written and directed by King Hu.

October 4, 2016
[New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2016]
1 videodiscs (180 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Xu Feng, Shi Jun, Bai Ying, Tian Peng.
Restored by the Taiwan Film Institute in 2014 as part of the "Taiwan Film Classics Digital Restoration and Value-Adding Project."
Adapted from Pu Song-ling's Strange stories from a Chinese studio.
A fugitive noblewoman seeks refuge in a remote, and allegedly haunted, village. The sanctuary she finds with a shy scholar and two aides in disguise is shattered when a nefarious swordsman uncovers her identity, pitting the four against legions of blade-wielding opponents.

The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum.

October 3, 2016
[United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 143 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Shotaro Hanayagi, Kakuko Mori.
This heartrending masterpiece by Kenji Mizoguchi about the give-and-take between life and art marked the director's first use of the hypnotic long takes and eloquent camera movements that would come to define his films. The adopted son of legendary kabuki actor Kikunosuke, who is striving to achieve stardom by mastering female roles, turns to his infant brother's wet nurse for support and affection, and she soon gives up everything for her beloved's creative glory.

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