New Arrivals · DVDs—Foreign Feature Films

August 14, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The life of Oharu

August 13, 2018
[New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2013]
1 videodisc (136 min.) : sound., black & white ; 4 3/4 in.
Kinuyo Tanaka, Hisako Yamane, Toshiro Mifune, Jukichi Uno, Ichiro Sugai, Eitaro Shindo, Akira Ooizumi, Masao Shimizu, Daisuke Kato, Toranosuke Ogawa, Eijiro Yanagi, Yuriko Hamada, Haruyo Ichikawa, Komako Hara, Kikue Mouri, Sadako Sawamura, Toshiaki Konoe, Kinnosuke Takamatsu, Benkei Shiganoya, Unpei Yokoyama, Tsukie Matsuura.
Special features: Dudley Andrew on The life of Oharu: Mizoguchi's art and the Demimonde (an illustrated audio essay; Commentary by Dudley Andrew; The travels of Kinuyo Tanaka (a 2009 film by Koko Kajiyama documenting Tanaka's 1949 goodwill tour of the United States).
Based on a novel by Saikaku Ihara.
In 17th-century Japan, a samurai's daughter, Oharu, falls in love with a servant. Caught together, the man is beheaded and Oharu and her family are exiled. After enduring further misfortunes as a concubine, a courtesan, wife, and prostitute, Oharu becomes a mendicant nun in her old age. A peerless chronicler of the soul who specialized in supremely emotional, visually exquisite films about the circumstances of women in Japanese society throughout its history, Kenji Mizoguchi (Ugetsu) had already been directing movies for decades when he made The Life of Oharu in 1952.

Paratēci = Paradesi

August 10, 2018
Frisco, TX : Bhavani DVD, Inc., [2018]
1 videodisc (121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Atharvaa Murali, Vedika, Dhansika, Udhay Karthik, Riythvika.
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
Before independence during the 1940's depicts the lives of poor carefree villagers who are lured to work in tea plantation farms and how they are forced to live rest of their lives as slaves with no traces of hope and freedom.


August 10, 2018
[Culver City, CA] : Strand Releasing Home Entertainment, [2018]
1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Lola Duenas, Matheus Nachtergaele, Daniel Veronese, Carlos Defeo.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2017.
Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town in which he is stagnating, to a better place. His situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors' who come and go as he stays behind. The years go by and the letter from the King never arrives.

The passing

August 9, 2018
[Pottsdown, PA] : MVD Visual, [2018]
1 videodisc (87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Mark Lewis Jones, Annes Elwy, Dyfan Dwyfor.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2015.
"When two young lovers crash their car into a ravine in the remote mountains of Wales, they are plunged into a lost world. Dragged from the river by a mysterious figure, they are taken to a ramshackle farm, a place untouched by time. As events unfold we learn the explosive truth about the young couple's past. More unsettling still, we discover the ghostly truth about Stanley, and the tragedy of the valley he once called home."--IMDb.

The last warrior

August 8, 2018
[United States] : 4 Digital Media, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Aleksey Faddeev, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Yuriy Tsurilo.
Title from disc label.
16x9 wide screen (2.39:1).
Eleventh century Eastern Europe. In the time of Vikings and epic battles unfolds the story of a young noble warrior that chooses justice over duty.

Bye bye Germany

August 6, 2018
[New York, New York] : Film Movement, [2018]
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Moritz Bleibtreu, Antje Traue, Tim Seyfi, Mark Ivanir, Anatole Taubman.
Wide screen.
Based on the novels Die Teilacher and Machloikes by Michel Bergmann.
Frankfurt, 1946. David Bermann and his Jewish friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are now dreaming of leaving for America. But how will they get the money in these tough post-war times? The smooth-talking businessman focuses on what the Germans now need most: fine bed linens nicely wrapped in amusing stories. The six talented entertainers go from home to home, praising housewives with ashy chutzpah until the flattered ladies have no choice but to buy their irresistible items.


August 1, 2018
[Plano, Texas] : Well Go USA Entertainment, [2018]
1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Tony Jaa, Louis Koo, Yue Wu, Ka Tung Lam.
Wide screen.
When his daughter goes missing, a police negotiator teams with local police to find her, but instead finds himself embroiled in a web of corruption and violence.

Westfront 1918

August 1, 2018
[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2018]
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Claus Clausen, Gustav Diessl, Fritz Kampers, H. J. Moebis.
Title from disc label.
1.19:1 aspect ratio.
G. W. Pabst brought the war movie into a new era with his first sound film, a mercilessly realistic depiction of the nightmare that scarred a generation, in the director's native Germany and beyond. Digging into the trenches with four infantrymen stationed in France in the final months of World War I, Pabst illustrates the harrowing ordeals of battle with unprecedented naturalism, as the men are worn away in body and spirit by firefights, and the disillusion that greets them on the home front.

Aadu 2

July 27, 2018
Cochin, India : Central Home Entertainment, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 153 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jayasurya, Vinayakan, Vijay Babu, Saiju Kurup, Dharmajan Bolgatty.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2017.
Shaji Pappan and his gang try to redeem their arts club through a game of tug-o-war. Chaos erupts as the half-witted gang gets entangled in a bigger conspiracy.

Maximilian and Marie De Bourgogne

July 27, 2018
2 videodiscs (290 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Christa Théret, Jannis Niewöhner, Alix Poisson, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Miriam Fussenegger, Stefan Pohl, André Penvern, Nicolas Wanczycki, Raphael Lenglet, Johannes Kirsch, Tobias Moretti, Sylvie Testud.
Title from container.
Originally broadcast as a six-episode television mini-series in 2016.
Disc 1. Episodes 1-3 -- Disc 2. Episodes 4-6.
After her father's death, Marie of Burgundy is the richest heiress in Europe, but the sharp-minded woman resists the citizens of Ghent who try to force her into a marriage with nine-year-old Charles, the French King Louis' son. Meanwhile, Maximilian, the young Austrian archduke, stubbornly opposes his father Frederick who also wants him to marry the young duchess. Nevertheless, Frederick has the merchant Fugger negotiate the marriage between Maximilian and Marie in Ghent.


July 26, 2018
Mumbai [India] : Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd., 2018.
1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Rani Mukerji, Shivkumar Subramaniam, Neeraj Kabi, Supriya Pilgaonkar.
Anamorphic wide screen.
Naina Mathur is an aspiring teacher who suffers from Tourette Syndrome. After several interviews and numerous rejections, she lands her dream job as a full-time teacher in an elite school. It is revealed that the school was desperate to hire her as all other teachers had failed to get the class to cooperate. Naina notices that the students are unruly, misbehaved and are visibly different. Naina overcomes all challenges to help her students realise their true potential.

Hotel Salvation

July 26, 2018
1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Lalit Behl, Adil Hussain, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh, Anil K. Rastogi, Navnindra Behl.
Wide screen (2:35:1).
Bonus features: Making of Hotel Salvation; Hotel Salvation trailer.
An ominous dream convinces 77-year-old Dayanand Kumar that his end could be near. He takes the news to his son Rajiv, knowing he wants to breathe his last in the holy city of Varanasi and end the cycle of rebirth, by attaining salvation. Being the dutiful son he is, Rajiv, is left with no choice but to drop everything and make the journey with his stubborn father. Daya and Rajiv check into Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation) in Varanasi, a guesthouse devoted to people wanting to die there. But as the days go by, Rajiv struggles to juggle his responsibilities back home, while Daya starts to bloom in the hotel.

Pad man

July 26, 2018
Mumbai : Shermaroo, [2018]
1 videodisc (140 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte, Sonam Kapoor.
Wide screen.
Based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham.
Upon realizing the extent to which women are affected by their menses, a man sets out to create a sanitary pad machine and to provide inexpensive sanitary pads to the women of rural India.

Dragon Innn

July 20, 2018
1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Bai Ying, Shi Juan, Shangguan Lingfeng, Gao Fei, Ge Xiaobao, Gao Ming, Li Jie, Cao Jian, Liu Chu, Han Yingjie, Miao Tian, Xue Han, Yu Jiankong, Qi Wei, A Zi, Er Niu, Lu Zhi, Zhang Yunwen, Wan Zhongshan, Wen Tian, Tian Peng, Xu Feng.
Special features: new interview with actor Shangkuan Ling-fung; interview from 2016 with actor Shih Chun; scene analysis by author and New York Asian Film Festival cofounder Grady Hendrix; newsreel footage of the film's 1967 premiere in Taipei, Taiwan; trailer.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1967.
After having the emperor's minister of defense executed, a power-grabbing eunuch sends assassins to trail the victim's children to a remote point on the northern Chinese border. But that bloodthirsty mission is confounded by a mysterious group of fighters who arrive on the scene, intent on delivering justice and defending the innocent.

The housemaid

July 20, 2018
Los Angeles, California : Scream Factory, [2018]
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2016.
Vietnam, 1953: Linh, a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a house cleaner in a crumbling plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent. Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two, a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent's dead wife, who won't rest until blood flows. Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam₂s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

Beauty and the dogs

July 20, 2018
[New York] : Oscilloscope Laboratories, [2017]
1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Mariam Al Ferjani, Ghanem Zrelli, Noomen Hamda.
Wide screen (2.35:1).
Special features: interview with director Kaouther Ben Hania by philosopher Michel Onfrat; video essay by Suzanne Gauch, Pofessor of English and Cinema Studies, Temple University; theatrical trailer.
When Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her tormentors.

Operation red sea

July 19, 2018
[Plano, Texas] : Well Go USA Entertainment, [2018]
1 videodisc (139 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Yi Zhang, Johnny Huang, Hai-qing.
Title from disc label.
16:9 wide screen.
PLA Navy Marine Corps launch a hostage rescue operation in Ihwea and undergo a fierce battle with rebellions and terrorism.


July 19, 2018
New York, NY : First Run Features, [2017]
1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Maryam Touzani, Arieh Worthalter, Amine Ennaji, Abdelilah Rachid, Dounia Binebine.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
In the searing and mesmerizing drama, five Moroccans from different social and religious strata are pushed to the fringe by their extremist government. Spanning three decades and several storylines, director Nabil Ayouch weaves an intricate tale of lost loves, forbidden desires, and fragile dreams in modern day Morocco. The Moroccan Entry for the 2018 Academy Awards, the film was the Opening Night Film at the 2018 New York Jewish Film Festival.


July 19, 2018
[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2018]
1 videodisc (127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Adrian Titieni, Maria Drăguș, Lia Bugnar, Mălina Manovici, Rareș Andrici, Petre Ciubotaru.
Wide screen (2.39:1) aspect ratio.
Features: 2K digital master, approved by director Cristian Mungiu; New interview with Mungiu; Press conference from the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, featuring Mungiu and actors Adrian Titieni, Maria Drăgus, Mălina Manovici, and Rareș Andrici; Deleted scenes; Trailer; New English subtitle translation; An essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri.
"Blending rigorous naturalism with the precise construction of a thriller, this Cannes award-winning drama from Cristian Mungiu sheds light on the high stakes and ethical complexities of life in contemporary Romania. As his daughter nears high-school graduation, Romeo (Adrian Titieni), an upstanding doctor, counts on her winning a competitive scholarship that will send her to university in England. But when an injury sustained during a sexual assault compromises her performance on an important exam, Romeo's best-laid plans for her threaten to crumble, leading him to seek favors in a world that runs on back-scratching and bribery. Suffused with quiet dread, Graduation takes a humane and deeply ambiguous look at how corrosive rampant corruption is to moral convictions"--Container.

Fireworks Wednesday

July 12, 2018
[New York, N.Y.] : Grasshopper Film, [2017]
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Hedieh Tehrani, Taraneh Alidousti, Hamid Farokh-nejad, Pantea Bahram, Matin Heydar-nia.
Originally produced in 2006.
Bonus features: Audio commentary by Tina Hassannia, author of "Asghar Farhadi: life and cinema", and critic Amir Soltani; Theatrical trailer.
A young woman named Rouhi is employed by a young couple to clean their house. Sweet and naive, Rouhi is engaged to be married, but her innocence is shattered when she finds her employers' household in crisis over accusations of infidelity.

Right now, wrong then

July 12, 2018
[New York, NY] : Grasshopper Film, [2017]
1 videodisc (121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Sang-soo Hong, Jae-Yeong Jeong, Min-Hee Kim, Yeo-Jeong Yoon, Ju-Bong Gi.
Wide sceen (1.85:1).
Originally released as a motion picture in 2015.
Quite by accident, a film director arrives in town a day early. With time to kill before his lecture the next day, he stops by a restored old palace and meets a fledgling artist. She's never seen any of his films, but knows he's famous. They talk. And together, they go to her workshop to look at her paintings, and have sushi and soju. More conversation follows, and drinks, and then an awkward get-together with friends. All the while, they may or may not be falling for each other.


July 12, 2018
1 videodisc (130 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani, Manal Issa, Martin Guyot, Jamil McCraven, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laure Valentinelli, Ilias Le Dore, Robin Goldbronn, Luis Rego, Hermine Karagheux.
Widescreen (2.35:1 Aspect ratio)
Originally released as a motion picture in 2016.
A group of tense, shifty adolescents prowl the streets and subways of Paris, learning through carefully delineated sequences that they're already well underway with a bombing plot. And then it becomes something familiar, yet altogether different, as these subversives tuck away inside a shopping mall and lose themselves in consumer culture.


July 12, 2018
[Wall Township, New Jersey] : AP International, [2016]
1 videodisc (159 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Mohan Lal, Aishwarya Rai, Prakash Raj, Tabu, Gouthami.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1997.
The real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi is given the Mani Ratnam treatment.

Tumhari Sulu

July 12, 2018
Delhi, India : T Series Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 144 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul, Neha Dhupia, Malishka Mendonsa, Vijay Maurya, Abhishek Sharrma, Seema Teneja.
Special features: Making of; remix bonus song.
A Mumbai housewife's routine life changes when she unexpectedly lands the exciting job of night RJ (radio jockey) at a leading radio station.

A ciambra

July 6, 2018
New York, NY : Sundance Selects, [2018]
1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Pio Amato, Koudous Seihon, Damiano Amato.
Wide screen.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2017.
Fourteen-year-old Pio wants nothing more than the respect of his older brother, whom he emulates in every way, including his career as a petty criminal. When both his father and brother are arrested, Pio is determined to prove that he can step up and be the head of his Romani family. But a fateful night and a wrenching decision soon test just how ready he is.


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