New Arrivals · DVDs—Foreign Feature Films

November 26, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The assassins [videorecording]

November 25, 2014
[United States] : Well Go USA Entertainment, [2012]
1 videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Zhou Runfa, Liu Yifei, Tamaki Hiroshi, Su Youpeng, Yi Nengjing, Qiu Xinzhi, Yao Lu, Ni Dahong.
Extras: behind the scenes ; trailer.
In Three Kingdoms-era China (late 190s and 200s), warlord Cao Cao defeats many rival warlords to gain supremacy in northern China and set mself up to replace the emperor, while young lovers Lingju and Mu Shun are trained by his enemies to assassinate him. The palace and fortress are filled with murderous intrigue, with many who had their reasons for wanting Cao Cao, the most notorious warlod, dead.

Vic + Flo saw a bear

November 24, 2014
[Brooklyn, New York ]: Kimstim, [2014]
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Pierrette Robitaille, Romane Bohringer, Marc-André Grondin, Marie Brassard, Olivier Aubin, Pier-Luc Funk, Guy Thauvette, Georges Molnar.
Bonus features: "The bear" a behind the scenes documentary; trailer.
A darkly mysterious tale of two lesbian ex-cons, Victoria and Florence, trying to make a new life in the backwoods of Quebec. Seeking peace and quiet, the couple slowly begin to feel under siege as Vic's probation officer keeps unexpectedly popping up and a strange woman in the neighborhood soon turns out to be a sinister force from Flo's past.

Berlin Alexanderplatz [videorecording]

November 24, 2014
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2007.
6 videodiscs (940 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Günter Lamprecht (Franz Biberkopf), Hanna Schygulla (Eva), Karlheinz Braun (Löwenhund), Claus Holm (Wirt), Franz Buchrieser (Gottfried Meck), Brigitte Mira (Frau Bast), Roger Fritz (Herbert), Gottfried John (Reinhold Hoffmann), Barbara Sukowa (Mieze), Günther Kaufman (Theo), Ivan Desny (Pums), Volker Spengler (Bruno), Vitus Zeplichal (Rudi), Barbara Valentin (Ida).
Originally broadcast as a mini-series on German television from 12 October through 29 December 1980.
Based on the novel by Alfred Döblin.
Disc Two. III-V. Ein Hammer auf den Kopf kann die Seele verletzen = A hammer blow to the head can injure the soul (62 min.) -- IV. Eine handvoll menschen in der tiefe der stille = A handful of people in the depths of silence (62 min.) -- V. Ein schnitter mit der gewalt vom lieben Gott = A reaper with the power of our Lord (62 min.).
After spending four years in prison for killing his girlfriend, lumbering man-child Franz Biberkopf is finally released back into society. He wants to stay honest now he has left jail, but it is tough in the Alexanderplatz section of Berlin. After failing to succeed in several 'regular' jobs, he falls in with some old cohorts and an on-again, off-again association with thugs. Post-war society is crumbling, and it appears that nothing will bring it back. Originally made for television, Berlin Alexanderplatz is a prototype for the modern long-form drama, grandfather to Tony and the Sopranos.

Exorcist master [videorecording]

November 19, 2014
Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2006]
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Collin Chou, Ching-Ying Lam, Wing-Cho Yip, Wu Ma.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1993.
An unholy terror has plagued the land after an old priest was struck down and killed by a cross. Twenty years later, Father Wu and his followers from the Vatican have come to re-open Wine-Spring Church, even though it's rumored to be haunted.

Mary Kom

November 12, 2014
[United States] : Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, [2014]
1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Priyanka Chopra, Darshan Kumar, Sunil Thapa.
Title from disc label.
Queen of the Indian boxing ring. The winner of five World Championships and an Olympic Bronze. Born to parents who were landless agricultural labor in the state of Manipur in northeast India, Mary's story is one of relentless struggle and unflagging passion for the sport of boxing. A childhood of hard labor prepared her body for the sport just as well as any fitness training might have. Her own will and aggression carried her through the minefield of politics that any sport in India is.

Mardaani [videorecording]

November 12, 2014
Mumbai : Yash Raj Films, 2014.
1 videodisc (114 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Rani Mukerji, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jisshu Sengupta.
A braveheart lady inspector from the crime branch stumbles on a sex-trafficking racket. Does she succeed in bringing the culprits to book?

Mood indigo

November 7, 2014
©2013
1 videodisc (131 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in..
Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris, Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy, Aïssa Maïga, Charlotte Le Bon.
Title from disc label.
"Cinedigm no. 22"--Container spine.
The well-to-do Colin and charming Chloe meet at a party, fall in love, and begin an idyllic (if unconventional) marriage, surrounded by friends Alise and writer/thinker Chick--plus Colin's inventive household aide Nicolas. But then Chloe begins to suffer from a strange illness: a water lily grows in her lungs. Colin is forced to spend all his money in an attempt to cure her, as the world around them begins to fall apart.

Filmistaan [videorecording]

November 6, 2014
Mumbai: Reliance, 2014.
1 videodisc (ca. 117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Sharib Hashmi, Inaamulhaq, Kumud Mishra, Gopal Dutt.
Title from container.
Award : National Award for the Best Feature Film.
An Indian is mistakenly kidnapped and taken to Pakistan. Amidst all the animosity he bonds with his brothers from another land on one common ground - passion for Bollywood and cricket.

Hate story 2 [videorecording]

November 6, 2014
Mumbai: T-Series, 2014.
1 videodisc (123 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Sushant Singh, Surveen Chawla, Jay Bhanushali.
Title from container.
Sequel to 2012 film: Hate story.
Two photography students fall in love. But is a blissful life together just an illusion for them?

A coffee in Berlin

November 4, 2014
©2012
1 videodisc (85 minutes) : sound, black & white ; 4 3/4 in.
Tom Schilling, Friederike Kempter, Marc Hosemann, Katharina Schuttler, Justus Von Dohnanyi, Andreas Schroders.
Special features: A conversation with director Jan Ole Gerster and film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky; Music featurette; Tom Schilling improvisation; Outtakes; Deleted scenes; Casting tapes.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Niko is having a tough morning. He's broken up with his girlfriend, been cut off from his monthly allowance, and was just declared "emotionally unstable" by a court-appointed psychologist. If only he could find a decent cup of coffee. Painting an eventful day-in-the-life of a twenty-something law school dropout, A Coffee In Berlin follows Niko as he drifts through a series of absurd, funning and, ultimately, life-changing encounters with the people and city around him. Photographed in timeless black and white and enriched by a snappy jazz soundtrack, Jan Ole Gerster's vibrant and charming debut, which swept the German Film Awards, is a slacker comedy with a poignant center, and a love-letter to the city of Berlin and Generation Y.

Four lovers [videorecording]

November 3, 2014
[Ontario, CA] : Oscilloscope Laboratories, [2012]
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sd., color ; 4 3/4 in.
Marina Foïs, Roschdy Zem, Elodie Bouchez, Nicolas Duvauchelle.
Special features: Deleted scenes ; original French theatrical trailer ; two archival films from the Oscilloscope vault: "Who's right?" (1950) and "Jealousy" (1954).
DVD release of the 2010 motion picture.
Two couples decide to explore the boundaries of their relationships by swapping partners. What starts as a fun, free-spirited menage-a-4 experimentation full of sleepovers, shared vacations, and dinner parties soon turns into a hotbed of desire, anger, and confusion. As their arrangement leads them down an increasingly surprising and provocative path, the lovers begin to question their personal choices and lifestyles, leading to consequences none of them could foresee.

Ek villain [videorecording]

November 3, 2014
London : Eros International Media, 2014.
1 videodisc (123 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor.
When Guru's love Aisha is threatened by Rakesh, a villain, the evil within him resurfaces.

The good road [videorecording]

November 3, 2014
Mumbai : National Film Development Corporation : Shemaroo, 2012.
1 videodisc (ca. 92 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Sonali Kulkarni, Ajay Gehi, Keval Katrodia, Shamji Dhana Kerasia, Priyank Upadhyay, Poonam Kesar Singh.
Awards : National Award (Best Gujarati Film).
"Cinemas of India".
The film deals with three storylines which cross each other on the film's titular highway. A family on a vacation -- A truck driver on his last journey -- A little girl chasing hope -- A boy finding his way home.

Singham returns

November 3, 2014
London : Eros International
1 videodisc (134 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Anupam Kher, Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor.
Title from disc label.
Singham, the pre-eminent example of an honest and righteous police officer who challenged Jaykant Shikre's powerful planning and force in the city of Goa, is now ready to out-roar his power in the city of Mumbai.

Paris-Manhattan [videorecording]

October 31, 2014
[Saint-Laurent, Quebec] : AZ Films ; Montreal, QC, Canada : Distribuié exclusivement au Canada par TVA Films, [2013]
1 videodisc (77 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alice Taglioni, Patrick Bruel, Marine Delterme, Michel Aumont, Louis Do de Lencquesaing, Woody Allen.
Title from disc label.
Bonus features: Woody before Allen (short film) ; trailers.
Alice is a Parisian pharmacist who has a fixation on Woody Allen. She has a huge portrait of him hanging in her bedroom, with which she tends to converse, seeking his wise counsel about life. She even hands out DVDs of his films to her customers as medicine for their ailments. Her parents want for her to find a man, but none can match Woody Allen, not even the alarm specialist Victor who services the pharmacy. But there is one thing a man could do to impress her, introduce her to Woody Allen.

Sundays and Cybèle

October 29, 2014
©1962
1 videodisc (111 min.) : DVD video, sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Hardy Krüger, Nicole Courcel, Patricia Gozzi, Daniel Ivernel, André Oumansky, Anne-Marie Coffinet, René Clermont, Malka Ribovska, Jocelyne Loiseau, Renée Duchateau, Raymond Pélissier, Martine Ferrière, Maurice Garrel, Marie-France Anglade, Albert Hughes, Florence Blot, Gilbert Edard, Denise Peron, Bibiane Stern, Lisette Le Bon, Paul Bonifas, Pierre Mirat, Michel de Ré.
Special features: Serge Bourguignon (the director discusses the making of the film and his relationship to his contemporaries in the French New Wave); Patricia Gozzi (the actress recalls appearing in her first starring role at age twelve and the special relationship she had with her costar, Hardy Krüger); Hardy Krüger (the actor discusses the obstacles encountered during preproduction, his relationship with actor Patricia Gozzi, and why the film occupies a special place in his heart); Le sourire (1960, 22 min.) (Bourguignon's Palme d'Or-winning short documentary, narrated by actor Michel Bouquet); Trailer. Insert features an essay by critic Ginette Vincendeau.
Based on the novel "Les dimanches de Ville d'Avray" by Bernard Eschasseriaux.
A psychologically damaged war veteran and a neglected child begin a startlingly intimate friendship, one that ultimately ignites the suspicion and anger of his friends and neighbors in suburban Paris. It becomes a stirring contemplation of an alliance between two troubled souls.

2 autumns, 3 winters [videorecording]

October 28, 2014
[New York] : Film Movement ; Prince Frederick, MD : Distributed by RB Media, [2013]
1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Vincent Macaigne, Maud Wyler, Bastien Bouillon, Audrey Bastien, Pauline Etienne, and others.
Title from disc label.
Special features include: This month's short film: Voyage d'affaires (11 min.) / dir. Sean Ellis.
Arman is 33 and ready to make a change, starting with a run in the park. When he literally bumps into Amélie--slightly cynical but nevertheless lovely--on the jogging path, he's dead-set on making a connection with her. As a bit of contrived fate brings them together, Arman's best friend Benjamin suffers an unexpected stroke, relegating him to the hospital for weeks where he falls for his doting young physical therapist. Over the course of two autumns and three winters, Arman, Amélie and Benjamin share the incidental moments, unexpected accidents, unconventional love stories and unforgettable memories that will define who they are.

Burning bush

October 28, 2014
©2013
2 videodiscs (234 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Tatiana Pauhofová, Jaroslav Pokorná, Petr Stach, Jan Budar, Ivan Trojan.
Title from disc labels.
Bonus features: theatrical trailer; stills gallery.
Acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland returns to a pivotal time in modern Czech history: the shocking act of a student of the Charles University's Faculty of Arts, who in protest of the Soviet occupation, set himself on fire in Prague's Wenceslas Square on January 16, 1969, and died four days later. Through the story of defense attorney Dagmar Buresova, who defended Palach's legacy in a doomed lawsuit, the film examines the transformations taking place in Czechoslovak society.

Love exposure [videorecording]

October 27, 2014
[St. Charles, Ill.] : Olive Films, ©2011.
1 videodisc (237 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Nishijima Takahiro, Mitsushima Hikari, Andō Sakura, Shimizu Yutaka, Onoue Hiroyuki, Nagaoka Tasuku, Hirosawa Sō, Genkaku Yūko, Nakamura Mami, Watanabe Makiko, Watabe Atsurō.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2008.
In order to please his sin-obsessed father, Yu goes on a sin spree where he becomes a master of up-skirt photography. However, things take a turn when he falls for the beautiful Yoko, a young woman who despises all men.

Cold fish [videorecording]

October 24, 2014
[S.l.] : Salient Media, c2011.
1 videodisc (145 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Denden, Makoto Ashikawa, Asuka Kurosawa, Megumi Kagurazaka, Hikari Kajiwara, Tetsu Watanabe.
When Shamotos̀ teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps to resolve the situation. The man and his wife offer to have Shamotos̀ daughter work at their fish store. Shamoto soon discovers the horrific truth of the seemingly perfect couple, who force him to get his hands dirty in their brutal business. Inspired by true events, Cold Fish is a bloodcurdling suspense drama that unveils the underlying insanity of an ordinary man.

Guilty of romance

October 24, 2014
[Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
2 videodisc (113, 144 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Miki Mizuno, Makoto Togashi, Megumi Kagurazaka.
Title from disc label.
Japanese title Koi no Tsumi.
disc 1. International cut (113 minutes) -- disc 2. Japanese cut (144 minutes).
The third installment in Sion Sono's infamous Hate Film trilogy, here is a thriller that follows a female police detective as her investigation of a brutal murder draws her into mysterious sexual underworld of Tokyo. Includes the standard international cut, as well as the original Japanese cut (144 minutes) of the film.

We are the best!

October 24, 2014
Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Pictures, [2014]
1 videodisc (approximately 102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv Lemoyne, Johan Liljemark, Mattias Wiberg.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
Stockholm, the 1980s: Three teen girls decide to form a punk band, despite only one being a musician, not having any instruments, and being told by everyone that punk is dead. Focused on stirring things up in the world, but without a clue, the trio is a tribute to DIY culture and the power of rebellion.

The executioner [videorecording]

October 23, 2014
Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2006]
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Joey Wong, Jimmy Wang Yu, Chin Siu Ho.
Title from disc label.
"SummerStorm Asian cinema series"--Disc surface.
A royal executioner famed for beheading 998 convicts with a solid-gold axe is stalked by the lone survivor of the notorious "Eight Devilish Mortals," claiming the life of his wife and beginning a perilous game of cat-and-mouse.

You and the night

October 22, 2014
Culver City, CA : Strand Releasing Home Video
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Kate Moran, Niels Schneider, Nicolas Maury, Éric Cantona, Fabienne Babe.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
The Stud, The Teen, The Slut, and The Star as guests at around midnight at a pansexual orgy thrown by the mysterious and sexy meňage-a-trois of Mathias, Ali, and Udo.

The Jewish Cardinal = Le métis de Dieu

October 20, 2014
©2013
1 videodisc (100 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Laurent Lucas, Aurélien Recoing, Audrey Dana, Pascal Greggory, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet; Alex Skarbek.
Title from disc label.
Bonus short film: Kosher (10 min.), directed by Isabelle Stead.
The true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church; Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II- and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew; earning him both friends and enemies from either group. When Carmelite nuns settle down to build a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz; Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities - and may be forced at last to choose his side.

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