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.
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.
Winner of the Silver Medal at the 2005 Pink Eiga Awards, BLIND LOVE tells of a blind woman falling in love with a short ventriloquist just by listening to his voice. However, when she meets him she mistakes the ventriloquist for his much taller assistant. What ensues is a quirky and touching story of mistaken identity and awakening sexuality. The film had its North American premier at the prestigious 2009 New York Asian Film Festival.
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
Tinto Brass’ Monamour, is the love-story of a Venetian girl and a Frenchman in the beautiful city of Mantua. Dario, her husband is too busy to notice his wife’s sexual drifting, when her adultery "born out of neglect and frustration" starts on the day she meets a tall dark stranger in a museum. An intoxicating mix of lies, betrayal and fantasy follows Marta into her personal diary where every emotion and passion is recorded. Starring Anna Jimskaia and Max Parodi (Cheeky!), along with a line of stars of Tinto’s previous erotic films. Now in high-definition, the film has never looked better! Disc 2 includes the bonus film, Kick the Cock. "Kick the Cock" is an old Dutch saying; meaning "Peek in the Kitchen," or something shocking and extreme, exactly what we can expect of Tinto Brass; the director and co-star, along with newcomer Angelita Franco. Kick the Cock premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2008, and won "Best short film" at a Fetish Film Festival in Germany in 2009 and is now presented for the first time as a worldwide premiere on DVD and Blu-ray. Special features include: -New High-definition Master -The Making of "Monamour" -The Making of "Kick the Cock" -Comic strip by Franco Saudelli -Venice Film Festival Premiere with Tinto Brass (Circuito Off 2008, Media Group TV) -Spanish Dance by Angelita Franco -Trailers
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.
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.
Gerard Depardieu stars in the sprawling saga of Honore de Balzac, author of THE HUMAN COMEDY, who crafted some of our century’s most unforgettable writing from his own blazing passion for life. Gruff, unsophisticated and far from handsome, Balzac managed to become one of the most sought after men in his circle of famous writers in 19th Century France, leaving a trail of scandal and heartbreak in his wake. Prepare to be carried away to a life filled with desire and see it through the eyes of one of its most spirited participants.
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.
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.
A profound love story about two outsiders, LEA is the tale of a beautiful Slovak girl from a rural area who reluctantly marries a German antiques restorer 30 years her senior. The relationship seems doomed, but gradually the two outsiders discover each other’s inner core, because they share a painful past. Though they began their relationship in silence, they gradually learn to speak a common language. Fear turns to passion in a film that explores the outer edges of love, memory and acceptance.
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!
When his orchestra disbands, Daigo Kobayashi moves back to his hometown and takes a job preparing corpses for burial. Too embarrassed to admit his new career to his family, Daigo keeps his profession a secret, until he’s faced with the death of someone close to him. Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Film.