From the Director of House of Angels and Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Under the Sun is a sensuous, lush and lyrical film, set in 1956 in the sun-drenched summer countryside of Sweden. Sweet but lonesome Olof (Rolf Lassgård) lives by himself on his family’s farm after the death of his mother. Unable to read or write and therefore forced to take people on trust, Olof must depend upon his womanizing younger friend Erik (Johan Widerberg) to help him with the farmwork. Erik, once a sailor and now a part-time gravedigger, shamelessly uses Olof’s money for bets at the racetrack. One day, out of the blue, Olof places an advertisement in the local paper: "Lonely farmer, 39, own car. Seeks young lady housekeeper. Photograph appreciated." It’s not long before the ad attracts a surprising candidate: Ellen (Helena Bergström), a beautiful, 34-year-old, well-heeled city woman. As the summer progresses, Ellen effectively takes over both the house and Olof’s heart. Erik, also taken by Ellen, is determined to destroy her blossoming romance with Olof by unearthing the secret past he’s convinced she’s hiding.
Considered one of Cuba’s most controversial films ever, this award-winning classic from Humberto Solás takes place in 1830s Cuba. The son of a rich colonial family falls in love with a proud, beautiful but poor mulatto girl, but the young man’s father wants to force him into marrying a woman from his own social standing.Nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes (1982), Cecilia is part of The Cuban Masterworks Collection. Beautifully restored, the five films in the Collection reveal a unique perspective of Cuba. Directed by legendary filmmakers, each is a worthy addition to the canon of great world cinema.
AN IRRISISTIBLE ROMANCE… A LOVE THAT WILL LAST FOREVER In this powerful story of romantic destiny, popular Mexican film and soap opera actor Demián Bichir (The Argentine, Guerrilla, TV’s Weeds, Bendito infierno, Sexo pudor y lágrimas) stars as Felipe, a married man drawn to a mysterious woman in his dreams. Seeking help for his restlessness, Felipe is startled to meet psychotherapist Mariana (Anette Michel, Cuando seas mia), who bears a striking resemblance to his dream woman. The counseling sessions become a soul-searching journey for both therapist and patient as hypnosis uncovers a strong bond from the past. UN ROMANCE IRRESISTIBLE… UN AMOR QUE SERÁ PARA SIEMPRE En esta impactante historia de romance y destino, el popular actor mexicano de cine y telenovelas Demián Bichir (The Argentine, Guerrilla, TV’s Weeds, Bendito infierno, Sexo pudor y lagrimas) protagoniza a Felipe, un hombre casado atraído hacia una mujer misteriosa en sus sueños. Al buscar ayuda para su inquietud, Felipe se sorprende al conocer a la psicoterapeuta Mariana (Anette Michel, Cuando seas mía), quien tiene un extraordinario parecido con la mujer que aparece en sus sueños. Las sesiones de psicoterapia se convierten en un trayecto de introspección tanto para la terapeuta como para el paciente, quienes bajo hipnósis descubren un fuerte lazo que une sus pasados.
Dangerous Liasons revisited Martina and Andy are golden icons of the jet set whose game consists of winning and breaking as many hearts as possible each trying to be more cruel and scheming than the other. One day Martina realizes that one of her lovers has the audacity to leave her for a young brainless virgin Angie. So she gives Andy a vengeful assignment: to lead her new rival astray. Andy however has more ambitious plans: he proposes to seduce the prudish Christina a young pianist whose musical talent is equaled only by her unwavering chastity. In frustration Martina challenges Andy: if he succeeds she will be his at last. But when Andy falls in love the two seducing accomplices turn into ruthless rivals.System Requirements:Running Time: 90 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: MATURE/ADULT UPC: 825307913392 Manufacturer No: PH-91339
Artist. Lover. Murderer. The Epic Tale of a Tormented Genius. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Alessio Boni) lived his life like he painted it – full of intensity, sensuality and passion. But at the height of his success, his violent nature and his unrelenting love for Fillide Melandroni (Claire Keim), a prostitute with a dark past, led to his downfall. Featuring Cinematography by three-time Academy Award-Winner Vittorio Storaro
A group of old friends rent a magnificent Italian seaside villa to spend the summer together. Their happy reunion changes, however, when Shary and Diego s son shows up. Amazingly handsome, David (real-life Armani model Thyago Alves) attracts everyone s attention. Even happily married psychiatrist Matteo (Massimo Poggio) finds himself drawn to the young man, although he carefully hides this from his wife (Maria de Medeiros). Soon a dangerous tension builds up, although the friends pretend nothing is wrong. Before it ends, this vacation will indelibly mark all of their lives.
"A brand new Korean Wave maker… a heart-wrenching love story" – The Korea Herald For fans of Stairway to Heaven and Winter Sonata, the next must-see Korean television series is Tree of Heaven. Filmed entirely in Japan and directed by the director of Stairway to Heaven, Tree of Heaven is the epitome of a Korean romantic melodrama, complete with beautiful scenery and a top-selling musical soundtrack. A lonely young man walking barefoot in the snow. That is Hana’s (Park Shin-Hye You re Beautiful, Stairway to Heaven) first memory of her Korean stepbrother Yoon-seo (Lee Wan, Stairway to Heaven) when he shows up at her family’s inn. Hana determinedly learns Korean to reach out to Yoon-seo, who closed himself off after his mother’s death. Over time, the two develop a bond, but tragedy cuts their love short. Going their separate ways, they meet again two years later in Tokyo, where their impossible love story continues…
In the faraway village of Haworth, a new chapter in Emma’s life has begun. Now employed by the wealthy Mölders family, Emma has resolved to put the past behind her. She’ll have to adjust to a new house, a charming (but eccentric) new mistress, and a host of fellow servants, some with buried pasts of their own. Meanwhile, back in London, William is doing his best to uphold his father’s wishes as the Jones family heir, but try as he might, he can’t forget Emma. Yet, whenever he feels at his worst, Eleanor is always there to comfort him with a warm, shy smile. Could the answer to his broken heart be right before his eyes? This anime adaptation of Kaoru Mori’s manga features direction by Tsuneo Kobayashi (The Twelve Kingdoms, Glass Mask OAV, Super GALS!) and scripting by Mamiko Ikeda (Sgt. Frog, Fruits Basket, Princess Tutu). The original manga was honored with an Excellence Prize at the 2005 Japan Media Arts Festival and is available to North American readers via DC Comics’ CMX Manga imprint. Contains the complete 12-episode second season (a.k.a. "Second Act"), plus "Episode 0: Intermission," a recap/preview released prior to the start of the Season 2 telecast in Japan. DVD Features: Scene access, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS: A 48-page "Victorian Gazette" that features artwork and illustrations from the series, plus an interview with EMMA’s creator, Kaoru Mori.
Eric Rohmer’s self-proclaimed final film, based on the 17th century novel "L’Astree" by Honoré d’Urfé In an enchanted, mythical forest in 5th century France, star-crossed lovers Astrea (Stéphanie Crayencour) and Celadon (Andy Gillet) are kept apart by their feuding families. After Astrea thinks she witnesses Celadon flirting with another belle, she regretfully sends him away. Surrounded by rivals, nymphs and druids, the two must overcome jealousy, temptations and other-worldly obstacles to keep their passion alive in this fairytale-styled romance from acclaimed director Eric Rohmer.
André Téchiné 4-Film Collector's Edition (Hôtel des Amériques / J'embrasse pas / My Favorite Season / Wild Reeds) [DVD]
The exceptional work of this visionary French director is spotlighted here in a defining four-film collection from The Director’s Series." Includes Wild Reeds (Elodi-ÝBouchez. 1994/110 min.), My Favorite Season (Catherine Deneuve. 1993/122 min.), I Don’t Kiss (Philippe Noiret. 1991/115 min.) and Hotel America (Catherine Deneuve. 1981/95 min.). 4 DVDs. Color/NR/widescreen.
Elsa & Fred is a story about two people who, at the end of the road, discover that it s never too late to love… or to dream. Elsa is 82 years-old, while Alfredo is a bit younger than her. After losing his wife, Alfredo feels disturbed and confused so his daughter suggests him it would be best if he moved into a smaller apartment. There he ll meet Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left to live – be it more or less – is precious and that he should enjoy it as he pleases.Elsa & Fres es la historia de dos personas que al final del camino descubren que nunca es demasiado tarde para amar….o soñar. Elsa tiene 82 años, mientras que Alfredo es un poco más joven que ella. Después de perder a su esposa, Alfredo se siente perturbado y confundido por lo que su hija le sugiere mudarse a un departamento más pequeño. Ahí conocerá a Elsa. Desde ese momento todo cambia completamente. Elsa irrumpe en su vida como un torbellino dispuesta a demostrarle que el tiempo que le queda de vida, mucho o poco, es precioso y puede disfrutarlo como le plazca.
Daniel Auteuil (Manon of the Spring) stars as Stephane, the curiously diffident co-owner of an exclusive violin brokerage and repair shop. A brilliant technician, Stephane can make any instrument live up to its promise, yet he himself is emotionally remote and disconnected from passionate experience. His partner, Maxime (André Dussollier), lacks Stephane’s gifts but is rich in personality and desire. When Maxime’s new lover, a violinist named Camille (Emmanuelle Béart), is drawn to Stephane’s still waters, he is briefly moved, thus destroying the fragile, symbiotic relationship between all three individuals."Two Thumbs Up!" – Siskel & Ebert "[it] has the intensity and delicacy of a great short story." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times"superb…haunting…full of unexpected beauty, richness and feeling" – Hal Hinson, Washington PostWINNER – César Award, Best DirectorWINNER – César Award, Best Supporting ActorWINNER – Venice Film Festival, FIPRESCI PrizeWINNER – Venice Film Festival, Silver LionWINNER – London Critics Circle Film Awards, Foreign Language Film of the YearWINNER – European Film Awards, Best ActorWINNER – David di Donatello Award, Best Foreign Actor, Best Foreign ActressWINNER – David di Donatello Award, Best Foreign FilmWINNER – French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, Best Film
A love story that has bewitched audiences and critics worldwide, Mademoiselle Chambon is an ‘exquisite chamber piece’ (LA Times) that delicately captures the initial stirrings of romance. Vincent Lindon plays Jean, a burly and happily married housing contractor. One fateful afternoon, he picks up his son (Arthur Le Houérou) from school and meets the teacher, a willowy beauty named Mademoiselle Chambon (Sandrine Kiberlain). Their flirtation slowly builds over lingering glances and an impromptu violin solo in Chambon s apartment. Like the classical music they swoon over, their relationship builds through subtle movements: the tilt of a head, or an inadvertent brush of the cheek, fills their hearts with longing. Jean soon comes to a crossroads, having to choose between the intensity of his bond with Chambon or the responsibility and care he feels for his wife (Aure Atika) and child. A ‘beautifully observed’ (NY Magazine) evocation of what it feels like to fall dizzyingly in love, Mademoiselle Chambon won the Cesar (the French Oscar) for best Adapted Screenplay, and is an unqualified triumph for director Stéphane Brizé. DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: — Interview with Director Stéphane Brizé — Deleted Scenes with introduction by film critic Stephane Goudet — Trailers — Stills Gallery
In Erotic Diary of an Office Lady (aka OL Kanno nikki: Ah! Watashi no naka de), the fearless Asami Ogawa (Beautiful Girl Hunter) stars in her debut performance as a strait-laced office worker with an extremely kinky private life. Not only is Asami having an affair with her boss, she is also arranging trysts for her aging and widowed father. Made as part of the Nikkatsu Studio s Roman Pink collection of films, Erotic Diary of an Office Lady is the final and most infamous installment of the notorious OL (Office Lady) series.
From the director of Academy Award(r)-winning INDOCHINE comes another highly acclaimed film. Academy Award(r)-nominated (1999) for Best Foreign Language Film, EAST/WEST (EST/OUEST) is a wonderfully imagined film that follows the plight of a young couple and their child as they choose to go back to the Soviet Union in 1946. At the end of the war, Stalin invited Russians who fled the country to return.The talented young doctor, Alexei Golovine (Oleg Menchikov), accompanied by his French bride, the beautiful Marie (Sandrine Bonnaire), and their son optimistically return to the Soviet Union. Their arrival is a rude one. Interrogations are followed by the grim reality of post-war Soviet Union: shared apartments, suspicious neighbors and lack of privacy. Marie soon starts to rebel against the circumstances, but her husband finds that his talents are needed and appreciated by the authorities so he starts to get ahead. Marie meets up with a touring French actress (Catherine Deneuve), and soon
He has the perfect pedigree, the perfect resume, the perfect girlfriend; everything is perfectly perfect. But one morning, Dae-suh wakes up next to a beautifully perfect stranger, Jin-kyung, who just happens to be from one of the most powerful mob families in the country. Her father had always wanted to bring prestige and honor to the family – and Dae-suh is the ticket. All Jin-kyung’s brothers have to do is get these two perfect strangers to fall in love. If they can’t get it to happen, then they will have to make it happen.
A phantom sniper methodically assassinates key figures in a South Korean intelligence investigation. Special Agent Ryu and his partner, Lee, suspect North Korea’s most lethal female operative, Hee. When a security breach prompts the theft of high-tech liquid explosive, CTX, from South Korean authorities, Ryu and Lee are certain there’s a mole within their ranks. Deceptions are uncovered, loyalties questioned and two nations threatened in the thriller that smashed the Korean box office record set by TITANIC!