New Arrivals · DVDs—Foreign Feature Films

November 26, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


November 25, 2015
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2015]
1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Ilse Salas, Tenoch Huerta.
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2014.
A group of slackers embark on a journey in order to pay their final respects to their childhood idol, but the simple trip soon becomes a voyage of self-discovery.

Kreuzweg = Stations of the cross

November 25, 2015
1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Lea van Acken, Franziska Weisz.
Special features: Director's commentary; Bonus short film: One shot, directed by Dietrich Br̈üggemann; German with English subtitles, 11 minutes.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2014.
Told in fourteen fixed-angle, single shot, individual tableaus that parallel Christ's journey to his own crucifixion, this film is both an indictment of fundamentalist faith and the articulation of an impressionable teen's struggle to find her own path in life. Though from the outside Maria lives in the modern world, her family and her heart are faithful to a Catholic radicalism that requires sacrifice and devotion at every turn. As she struggles to balance her own desires with the dictates of her family's faith, she makes ever more perilous sacrifices, attempting to please a God she worships unquestioningly in the pious hopes of curing the autistic younger brother she adores.

Je t'aime je t'aime

November 25, 2015
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2015]
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Claude Rich, Olga Georges-Picot.
Title from container.
"Kino Classics"--Container.
Claude Ridder is recovering from a failed suicide attempt after the collapse of his relationship with Catrine. He is approached by an obscure scientific lab, who wants him to participate in the human trials of a new time travel device. The test will send him back one year's time, for one minute. But the machine goes haywire, and Ridder gets caught in a never-ending series of temporal leaps, re-living his tragic life out of sequence.

Valerie and her week of wonders

November 20, 2015
1 videodisc (76 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jaroslava Schallerová, Helena Anýžová, Petr Kopřiva, Jiří Prýmek, Jan Klusák, Libuše Komancová, Karel Engel, Alena Stojáková, Otto Hradecký, Martin Wielgus, Jiřina Machalická, Michaela Klocová, Zdenka Kovářová, Bedřiška Chalupská, Robert Nezval.
Special features: New 4K digital restoration ; Short films (by director Jaromil Jires): Stredja = Uncle (1959), Stopy = Footprints (1960), Sál stracených kroků = The hall of lost footsteps (1960); Resurrecting the avant-garde (interview with film historian Peter Hames); Jaroslava Schallerová (2006 interview with the actor about her role in the film, by Pavel Křemen); Jan Klusák (2006 interview with the actor about the making of the film by Pavel Křemen); The Valerie project score (alternate 2007 psycho-folk soundtrack to the film by the Valerie Project); More than a soundtrack: the Valerie Project (a new video piece on the music's origins); New English subtitle translation. Insert includes an essay by critic Jana Prikryl.
Based on a story by Vítězslava Nezvala
A girl on the verge of womanhood finds herself in a sensual fantasyland of vampires, witchcraft, and other threats in this eerie and mystical movie daydream. Serves up an endlessly looping, nonlinear fairy tale, set in a quasi-medieval landscape. Ravishingly shot, enchantingly scored, and spilling over with surreal fancies.

The bird with the crystal plumage [videorecording]

November 19, 2015
Universal City, CA : Gaiam/VCI Entertainment, [2013]
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Eva Renzi, Enrico Maria Salerno, Mario Adorf, Umberto Raho.
A co-production of Seda Speddacoli, S.P.A. (Rome) and C.C.C. Film G.m.b.h (Berlin), originally produced as an Italian-German motion picture in 1970.
An American writer traveling in Italy witnesses an attempted murder. After the police have little success in solving the crime, he decides to investigate the matter himself.

Code unknown

November 19, 2015
[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2015]
1 videodiscs (117 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Juliette Binoche, Thierry Neuvic, Sepp Bierbichler, Alexandre Hamidi, Helene Diarra, Ona Lu Yenke, Djibril Kouyate, Luminita Gheorghiu.
Widescreen (1.85:1).
DVD release of the 2000 motion picture.
Composed almost entirely of brilliantly shot, single-take vignettes focusing on characters connected to one seemingly minor incident on a Paris street, Haneke's film, with an outstanding international cast is a revelatory take on racial inequality and the failure of communication in today's increasingly diverse European landscape.

Amour fou

November 18, 2015
[New York, New York] : Film Movement, [2015]
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Birte Schnöink, Christian Friedel, Stephan Grossmann, Sandra Hüller, Holger Handtke, Barbara Schnitzler, Alissa Wilms, Paraschiva Dragus.
Special features: Commentray track by Jessica Hausner; Interview with director Jessica Hausner; deleted scenes; Bonus short film: "Oida", directed by Jessica Hausner, 3 minutes.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2014.
Forever under-appreciated and melancholy, Heinrich is a young poet in Romantic Era Berlin who determines his best way out of despair is to end it all, and he sets about finding a woman to join him in his predetermined departure. Recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, the well-off but unremarkable Henrietta, fascinated by Heinrich's controversial "The Marquise of O," finds his offer intriguing, if a bit strange.

Bombay velvet [videorecording]

November 13, 2015
Mumbai : Fox Star Studios Pvt. ltd : Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd., c2015.
1 videodisc (ca. 152 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar.
Special features : The making of Bombay velvet sets -- Making of Johnny Balraj -- Making of Rosie Noronha -- The Bombay velvet story -- Making of costumes.
Based on Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai Fables.
Johnny Balraj fixes big deals in 1960s Bombay - but what happens when Johnny becomes a thorn for the city's smoothest powers?

Hamari Adhuri Kahani [videorecording]

November 13, 2015
Mumbai : Fox Star Studios Pvt. ltd ; Vishesh Films Pvt. Ltd., 2015.
1 videodisc (approximately 132 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Rajkummar Rao.
Includes making of the film.
Vasudha's husband, Hari disappears, leaving her holding their baby alone for almost five years. But she gets a chance at love again when she meets the hotel tycoon, Aarav who falls for her hook, line and sinker.

Margarita with a straw [videorecording] = Mārgarīṭā witha e sṭrô

November 13, 2015
Mumbai : Shemaroo Entertainment, [2015]
1 videodisc (approximately 112 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Kalki Koechlin, Revathi, Sayani Gupta.
Bonus content : The making -- Deleted scenes.
"Laila is a young romantic, a secret rebel in a wheelchair. Undeterred by cerebral palsy, she embarks on a journey of seeking love and acceptance. Her exhilaring adventures cause a rift both within herself and with those she is closest to. Ultimately, it is in the intensity of these bonds that she finds the strength to be truly herself"-- Container.

Misa Tanakpur hāzira ho [videorecording]

November 13, 2015
Mumbai : Fox Star Studios Pvt. ltd : Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd., c2015.
1 videodisc (ca. 135 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Annu Kapoor, Om Puri, Ravi Kishan, Hrishita Bhatt.
The film is set in a fictional village called Tanakpur in Haryana. Arjun, a local electrician falls in love with Maya, wife of the village pradhan. Influential member of the Khap Panchayat, pradhan, in order to maintain his prestige, falsely accuses Arjun of raping his buffalo. Instead of rubbishing this silly claim, the cops too get involved adding to the chaos.

In the name of my daughter

November 12, 2015
Port Washington, NY : Entertainment One Film USA LLC
1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Adèle Haenel, Catherine Deneuve, Guillaume Canet.
Title from disc label.
Based on the novel Une femme face à la mafia / by Renée Le Roux and Jean-Charles Le Roux.
When her marriage falls apart, Agnès Le Roux moves back to the South of France from Africa to live with her mother, Renée, owner of the Palais de La Mediterranée casino in Nice. There, Agnès falls in love with Maurice Agnelet, a lawyer and Renee's business advisor, who is ten years her senior. Maurice continues to have relationships with other women. Agnès is madly in love with him.

3 hearts = 3 coeurs

November 11, 2015
[New York, New York] : Cohen Media Group, [2015]
1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Benoit Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve.
One night in provincial France, Marc meets Sylvie after missing his train back to Paris. Instantly and intensely drawn to one another, they wander through the streets until morning in rare, almost choreographed harmony. A thwarted plan for a second meeting sends each in a separate direction: Sylvie reunites with her ex and leaves France; Marc falls in love and marries.

Paulo Coelho's best story

November 10, 2015
Chicago, IL : Music Box Films, [2015]
1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Julio Andrade, Ravel Andrade, Fabiana Gugli, Fabiula Nascimento, Enrique Diaz, Nancho Novo.
Bonus features: The road to Santiago featurette ; special effects and makeup featurettes ; interviews with cast memeber ; theatrical trailer.
It traces the journey of the prolific author of The Alchemist from his humble roots to his triumph as a literary guru to millions, revealing the most unbelievable wonder of all: the man behind the masterpieces.

Like someone in love [videorecording]

November 10, 2015
[United States] : The Criterion Collection, p2014, c2012.
1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Rin Takanashi, Ryo Kase, Tadashi Okuno, Reiko Mori.
Over a period of two day, a young prositute and a widower develops an unexpected connection.

Para elisa [videorecording]

November 6, 2015
Orlando Park, Ill. : Dark Sky Films, c2015.
1 videodisc (75 min) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Ana Turpin, Ona Casamiquela, Luisa Gavasa, Jesús Caba, Sheila Ponce, Javier Pereira, Frederic Tomás, Daniela Costa, Rafa Núñez.
Special features: Trailer.
Desperate for some post-graduation cash, party girl Ana answers a babysitting ad. But after arriving for an interview at the home of Diamantina, she's disturbed by the old woman's increasingly odd behavior and horrified to discover that her charge, Elisa, is not a child but rather a deranged woman her own age. Before Ana can act, she finds herself trapped in the house and made to serve as Elisa's new toy a toy that like many others before it may well be broken.

A borrowed identity

November 3, 2015
[Culver City, CA] : Strand Releasing, [2015]
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Tawfeek Barhom, Michael Moshonov, Daniel Kitsis, Yael Abecassis.
Title from disc label.
Based on the international bestseller "Dancing Arabs" by Sayed Kashua.
Gifted Eyad, a Palestinian Israeli boy, is given the chance to go to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. As he desperately tries to fit in with his Jewish schoolmates and within Israeli society, Eyad develops a friendship with another outsider, Jonathan a boy suffering from muscular dystrophy, and gradually becomes part of the home Jonathan shares with his mother, Edna.

Y tu mamá también

October 26, 2015
1 videodisc (106 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal.
Special features: Disc 1: New restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki and approved by director Alfonso Cuarón; TV spot; Trailer. Disc 2: On Y tu mamá también (two new documentaries featuring interviews with director Alfonso Cuarón, cowriter Carlos Cuarón, director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki, and actors Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Maribel Verdú, Then (recorded at the time of production), Now (recorded in 2014)); The making of the film (22 min. documentary from 2001 features behind-the-scenes footage from the film's production and is narrated by actor Daniel Giménez Cacho); Deleted scenes; Slavoj ̆Zĭzek (the philosopher explores the directors' subtle manipulation of foreground and background in Y tu mamá también, to comment on the film's political and social contex); You Owe Me One (2002) (a short film by Carlos Cuarón about family secrets hidden behind closed doors); New English subtitle translation. Insert features essay 'Dirty Happy Things' by film critic Charles Taylor.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2001.
A pair of horny Mexico City teenagers from different classes who, after their girlfriends jet off to Italy for the summer, are bewitched by a gorgeous older Spanish woman they meet at a wedding. When she agrees to accompany them on a trip to a faraway beach, the three form an increasingly intense and sensual alliance that ultimately strips them both physically and emotionally bare.

Gemma Bovery

October 22, 2015
Chicago, Illinois : Music Box Films, [2015]
1 videodisc (99 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Gemma Arterton, Fabrice Luchini, Jason Flemyng, Isabelle Candelier.
Based on the graphic novel by Posy Simmonds.
Having moved to a rustic farm with her older husband, Gemma soon tires of their simpler life and finds distraction in a torrid affair with a handsome young aristocrat. Meanwhile, Martin, a local baker and lover of literature, becomes besotted with Gemma, but also fears she may suffer the same fate as the heroine in his favorite novel.

Dolly ki doli [videorecording]

October 22, 2015
Mumbai : Reliance Big Entertainment, [2015]
1 videodisc (approximately 94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Sonam Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma.
Dolly fakes marriages with rich lads, robs them of their wealth and never really gets them laid.

Eternity and a day [videorecording]

October 20, 2015
New York : New Yorker Films Artwork, c2006.
1 videodisc (130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Renauld, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Achileas Skevis.
Alexander, a great author beset with failing health, has only a few days to live. His sense of hope is rekindled as he embarks on a strange journey, in which past and present are intertwined ...

When animals dream

October 20, 2015
Beverly Hills, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, [2015]
1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter.
Title from disc label.
Anamorphic widescreen (2.39:1).
Sixteen-year-old Marie lives in a remote Danish fishing village with her father and her heavily medicated, wheelchair-bound mother. She has begun working at the local fish-processing plant, and is harassed by her co-workers. But when Marie's body begins to transform in a superhuman manner, she starts searching for answers, and discovers a long-kept family secret.

1911 [videorecording] : revolution

October 13, 2015
[United States] : Well Go USA, [2011]
1 videodisc (99 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Cheng Long, Zhao Wenxuan, Li Bingbing, Sun Chun, Chen Chong, Jiang Wu, Fang Zuming, Hu Ge, Ning Jing, Yu Shaoqun, Du Yuhang.
Special features: deleted scenes ; behind the scenes ; trailers.
Duration stated on container: 99 min. (feature), 49 min. (extras)
A historical action war drama based on the founding of the Republic of China, when nationalist forces led by Sun Yat-sen overthrew the last ruling Qing Dynasty, which held unquestioned power and rule for 250 years. From the walls of the Forbidden City to the battlefields of China, no expense was spared in the production and no detail ignored in its quest for historical accuracy. 1911 is a true epic to be enjoyed for generations.

47 Ronin = Genroku chūshingura

October 9, 2015
[South Korea?] : YDM, [2006]
1 videodisc (222 min.) : DVD video, sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Chojuro Kawarazaki, Kanemon Nakamura, Kunitaro Kawarazaki, Yoshisaburo Arashi, Kikunojo Segawa, Kikunosuke Ichikawa, Tokusaburo Arashi, Ryotaro Kawanami, Joji Kaieda, Hiroshi Ouchi, Isamu Kosugi, Masao Shimizu, Utaemon Ichikawa, Mitsuko Miura, Fumiko Yamaji.
DVD release of Japanese film made in 1941.
"Lord Asano resists a bribery attempt by a member of the Shogun's court. His honesty, however, is useless against the corruption of the administration, and he is forced to commit harakiri. His samurai retinue are dispersed as masterless ronin. The leader of the samurai, Oichi, plots with a loyal band of ronin to seek revenge for their master's dishonor."--IMDb summary.

In the courtyard

October 5, 2015
1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Catherine Deneuve, Feodor Atkine, Gustave Kervern, Pio Marmai.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2014.
Middle-aged musician Antoine suddenly decides to end his career. After several days of aimless wandering, he is hired as the caretaker of an old residential building in Paris. Mathilde is a recently retired resident, generous-spirited and deeply involved with the management of the building. After she discovers a crack in her living room wall, her worry gradually turns to panic--what if the building were to collapse?


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