New Arrivals · DVDs—Foreign Feature Films

September 18, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The lovers on the bridge

September 17, 2018
1 videodisc (127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Klaus-Michael Grüber.
"A Miramax Zoë release"--Container.
Paris' oldest bridge, the Pont Neuf, is home to one-eyed artist Michele and alcoholic street performer Alex. It is also their stage as they break up and get back together in increasingly explosive reunions.

The color of pomegranates

September 17, 2018
[New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2018]
1 videodisc (78 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Sofiko Chiaureli, M. Aleksanian, V. Galstian, O. Minasian, G. Gegechkori, Spartak Baghashvili.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1969.
"At the time of the film's release, the Russian censors decided that the film did not reflect Sayat Nova's life and renamed the film 'Nran Guyne' which translates to 'The color of pomegranates'. Despite this intervention, the film remains internationally recognized by Parajanov's original title, Sayat Nova."--Opening screens.
"A breathtaking fusion of poetry, ethnography, and cinema, Sergei Parajanov's masterwork overflows with unforgettable images and sounds. In a series a tableaux that blend the tactile with the abstract, The Color of Pomegranites revives the splendors of Armenian culture through the story of the eighteenth-century troubadour Sayat-Nova, charting his intellectual, artistic, and spiritual growth through iconographic compositions rather than traditional narrative. The film's tapestry of folklore and metaphor departed from the realism that dominated the Soviet cinema of its era, leading authorities to block its distribution, with rare underground screenings presenting it in a restructured form. This edition features the cut closest to Parajanov's original vision, in a restoration that brings new life to one of cinema's most enigmatic meditations on art and beauty"--Container.

El sur

September 17, 2018
[United States] : Criterion Collection, [2018]
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Omero Antonutti, Sonsoles Aranguren, Iciar Bollain.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1983.
In the North of Spain, Estrella grows up captivated by her father, a doctor with mystical powers, and by the enigma of his youth in the South, a near-mythical region whose secrets seem to haunt him more and more as time goes on. Though Erice's original vision also encompassed a long section set in the South itself, which was never made, it remains an experience of rare perfection and satisfaction.

Summer 1993

September 13, 2018
New York : Oscilloscope Pictures, 2018.
1 videodiscs (96 min.) : sound, color, stereo., surround ; 4 3/4 in.
Laia Artigas, Paula Robles, Bruna Cusi.
Wide screen.
Special features: deleted scenes; Making of Summer 1993; rehearsal footage; Carla's childhoo in frames; theatrical trailer; two short films by Carla Simón.
Six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased mother's apartment in Barcelona are placed in boxes. Punctuated by moments of youthful exuberance and mature ruminations, this coming-of-age drama, set amongst summery hues, is an extraordinarily moving snapshot of being a child in an adult world.

102 not out

September 7, 2018
[United States] : Shemaroo, [2018]
1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor.
Title from disc.
Dattatraya Vakharia is a 102 year old man who wants to break the record of oldest living male. There's just one problem he must find a way to change the sad and grumpy demeanor of his 75 year old son.

Raazi [videorecording]

September 7, 2018
Mumbai : Reliance Big Entertainment, [2018]
1 videodisc (140 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Jaideep Ahlawat, Rajit Kapur.
Special features: Making of Raazi; theatrical trailer.
Set against the backdrop of the Indo-Pak war in 1971, an Indian girl marries a Pakistani Army officer to spy for her country.

Cold water

September 6, 2018
[United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2018]
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in..
Cyprien Fouquet, Virginie Ledoyen.
Wide screen (1.66:1).
Originally released as a motion picture in 1994.
The acclaimed early film by Olivier Assayas about teenage lovers in the outskirts of Paris in the early '70s, whose rebellions against family and society threaten to tear them apart. With memorable party sequences and a rock soundtrack evoking the period, it is a heartbreaking tale of the emotional tumult of being young.

The desert bride

September 5, 2018
[Culver City, California] : Strand Releasing, [2018]
1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Paulina Garcia, Claudio Rissi.
Wide screen (2.35:1).
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2017.
The story of Teresa, a 54 year old woman who works as a domestic employee in a family home in Buenos Aires. For decades she has taken refuge in the routine of her tasks, but now that the family has decided to sell the house, her life begins to totter.


August 31, 2018
[United States] : ARE, [2018]
1 videodisc (147 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dulquer Salmaan, Manaal Sheeraz, Amal Shah, Govind V. Pai.
Wide screen.
Title from sell sheet.
The story of Parava revolves around pigeon race, a game, which is prominent in Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala.

Stefan Zweig : farewell to Europe

August 22, 2018
New York, NY : First Run Features, [2016]
1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Josef Hader, Barbara Sukowa, Aenne Schwarz, Matthias Brandt, Charly Hübner, André Szymanski.
Wide screen.
The story of the Austrian writer and his life in exile from 1936 to 1942. Zweig was one of the most famous writers of his time, but as a Jewish intellectual he struggled to find the right stance towards the events in Nazi Germany. Driven to emigrate to South America at the peak of his worldwide fame, Zweig fell into despair at the sight of Europe's downfall.

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.


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