New Arrivals · DVDs—Foreign Feature Films

September 17, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


September 16, 2019
[Philadelphia, PA] : Breaking Glass Pictures, [2019]
1 videodisc (approximately 71 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Christian Malheiros, Tales Ordakji, Caio Martinez Pacheco.
Wide screen (1.66:1).
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
After his mother's sudden death, Socrates, a fifteen-year-old living on the margins of Sao Paulo's coast, must survive on his own. As he faces isolation because of his sexuality, his search for a decent, worthy life reaches a breaking point.

In the aisles

September 16, 2019
[Chicago, IL] : Music Box Films, [2019]
1 videodisc (125 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Franz Rogowski, Sandra Huller, Peter Kurth.
Widescreen (Aspect ratio 1.66:1)
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
An affecting and bittersweet glimpse into the shared connections of a motley group of nightshift workers at a big box store, including the reclusive newbie Christian and the charming but mysterious Marion.


September 12, 2019
Mumbai [India] : Reliance Big Entertainment, 2019.
1 videodisc (138 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Amrita Rao.
The film takes us through the journey of Bal Keshav Thackeray's political life and also gives us a glimpse of his personal story.

Let the sunshine in

September 10, 2019
[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2019]
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois, Philippe Katerine, Josiane Balasko, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Alex Descas, Laurent Grevill, Bruno Podalydès, Paul Blain, Gérard Depardieu, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.
Title from disc label.
Based on the book, "Fragments d'un discours amoureux" by Roland Barthes.
"Two luminaries of French cinema, Claire Denis and Juliette Binoche, unite for the first time in this piercing look at the elusive nature of true love, and the extent to which we are willing to betray ourselves in its pursuit. Binoche plays Isabelle, a successful painter in Paris whose apparent independence belies what she desires most: real romantic fulfillment. Isabelle reveals deep wells of yearning, vulnerability, and resilience as she tumbles into relationships with all the wrong men. Shot in burnished tones by Denis's longtime collaborator Agnès Godard and featuring a mischievous appearance by Gérard Depardieu, Let the Sunshine In finds bleak humor in a cutting truth: we are all, no matter our age, fools for love"--Container.

Hélas pour moi = Oh woe is me

September 9, 2019
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2019]
1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Gerard Depardieu, Laurence Masliah, Bernard Verley.
Special features: Audio commentary by Samm Deighan; booklet essay by Jordan Cronk; trailers.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1993.
Jean-Luc Godard's film is a provocative film about faith and desire starring Gerard Depardieu. Inspired by the Greek myth of Alcmene and Amphitryon, it investigates the story of a god inhabiting the body of a man to experience the pleasures of the flesh. The incident is told through the eyes of a publisher, Abraham Klimt, who is interviewing the inhabitants of a Swiss village regarding the strange story of Rachel and Simon Donnadieu.

Moscow never sleeps

August 23, 2019
[Los Angeles, CA] : Indican Pictures, [2019]
1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Anastasiya Shalonko, Yuriy Stoyanov, Aleksey Serebryakov, Lyubov Aksyonova, Mikhail Efremov, Rustam Akhmadeev, Evgenia Brik, Elena Babenko, Sergey Belov, Oleg Dolin, Tamara Spiricheva, Elena Safonova, Anna Gulyarenko, Ivan Mozgovoy, Sofya Resnyanskaya.
Wide screen.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2017.
The volatile intersections of contemporary Moscow and the intimate lives of five people.

The Koker trilogy

August 23, 2019
[United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2019]
3 videodiscs (281 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Where is the friend's house?: Babek Ahmadpour, Ahmad Ahmadpour, Kheda Barech Defai, Iran Outari.
Title from container.
Special features: Audio commentary on 'And life goes on' featuring Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa and Jonathan Rosenbaum, coauthors of Abbas Kiarostami ; Homework (1989), a feature-length documentary by Abbas Kiarostami ; Abbas Kiarostami: Truths and dreams, a 1994 documentary ; new interview with Kiarostami's son Ahmad Kiarostami ; new conversation between scholar Jamsheed Akrami and critic Godfrey Cheshire ; conversation from 2015 between Abbas Kiarostami and programmer Peter Scarlet ; new interview with scholar Hamid Naficy ; new English subtitle translations ; essay by Cheshire on container insert.
Abbas Kiarostami first came to international attention for his wondrous, slyly self-referential trilogy of films set in the rural Iranian town of Koker. Poised delicately between fiction and documentary, comedy and tragedy, these lyrical fables exemplify both the gentle humanism and playful sleight of hand that defines the director's sensibility. Films include: Where Is The Friend's House? (1987); And Life Goes On (1992); Through The Olive Trees (1994).

Total dhamaal

August 23, 2019
Mumbai : Shemaroo Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ajay Devgn, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Boman Irani, Sanjay Mishra.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
A group of people learn about a hidden treasure and then they race to find it and claim it.


August 20, 2019
Kacheripady Cochin : Central Home Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (141 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Rajisha Vijayan, Sarjano Khalid, Joju George.
The life story of a girl from the ages of sixteen through twenty six, which gives an insight into those ten years.

Ñān prakāśan = Njan prakashan

August 20, 2019
Kerala : Manorama Music, [2019]
1 videodisc (131 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Fahadh Faasil, Sreenivasan, Nikhila Vimal.
Title from disc.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
It is the story of a man named Prakashan who yearns to go to foreign countries. Though qualified as a B.Sc. nursing graduate nurse, he vehemently opposes the idea of entering the nursing profession because of its lower pay and thankless nature. He firmly believes that it is suited to women rather than men. He actively tries to go abroad by marrying a foreign citizen and acquiring a visa. As a foundation for his plan, he tries his hand at rekindling a old flame with ex-girlfriend Salomi, who at that time is on the verge of migrating to Germany for higher wages. The film is about Prakashan tranforming himself into a realistic and grounded human being, a sensitive nursing professional where he realises the nursing is more than just a way of income, but rather, a way to help people in need.

Peranp = Peraṉpu = Peranbu.

August 20, 2019
Perumbavoor : Saina, [2019]
1 videodisc (146 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Mammootty, Anjali, Sadhana, Samuthirakani, Anjali Ameer.
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
A single father tries to raise his daughter, who has cerebral palsy, even as she is beginning to wake up to her sexuality.

Manhunt = Zhui bu

August 15, 2019
Singapore : Poh Kim Video Pte Ltd, [2017]
1 videodisc (109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Zhanh Hanyu, Fushan Yazhi, Qi Wei, He Zhiyuan
Includes special features.

Rafiki = Friend

August 12, 2019
1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati, Patricia Amira, Muthoni Gathecha, Jimmy Gathu.
Title from disc label.
A 2018 Kenyan drama film based on Monica Arac de Nyeko's "Jambula Tree".
Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. Inspried by Monica Arac de Nyeko's "Jambula Tree", which chronicles a story of two girls in love in Uganda, "Rafiki" challenges deep rooted cynicism about same sex relationships among actors, crew, friends, and family in Kenya.


August 9, 2019
Philadelphia, PA : Breaking Glass Pictures, [2019]
1 videodisc (approximately 123 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Schalk Bezuidenhout, Hannes Otto, Germandt Geldenhuys.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Special features: Interview promo videos.
A coming-of-age war musical about a small town boy who gets chosen to serve his compulsory two year military training in the South African Defence Force Choir and Concert group- known as the 'Canaries'- during the height of the Apartheid regime.

3 faces

August 9, 2019
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2019]
1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Behnaz Jafari, Jafar Panahi, Marziyeh Rezaei, Maedeh Erteghaei, Narges Del Aram.
Wide screen.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
A smartphone video shot by a young woman announces that her parents have forbidden her from realizing her dream of acting and then, by all appearances, takes her own life. The recipient of the video, Behnaz Jafari, as herself, asks Panahi, as himself, to drive her to the woman's tiny home village near the Turkish border to investigate.


August 6, 2019
[United States] : Well Go Usa, 2019.
1 videodisc (ca. 116 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Chao Deng, Li Sun, Ryan Zheng, Qianyuan Wang, Jingchun Wang, Jun Hu, Xiaotong Guan, Lei Wu.
Special features: Making of; behind the scenes; trailers.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018
In Pei, a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander faces peril both inside and outside the palace walls. But he has a secret weapon: a look-alike who can fool both Pei's enemies and the King himself.

Las herederas = The heiresses

August 6, 2019
[Brooklyn, NY] : Icarus Films Home Video, [2019]
1 videodisc (ca. 98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ana Brun, Margarita Irún, Ana Ivanova.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
Chela and Chiquita, both descended from wealthy families in Asuncion, Paraguay, have been together for over 30 years. But recently their financial situation has worsened, and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. But when their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality.

Girls of the sun

July 31, 2019
[New York, NY] : Cohen Media Group, [2019]
1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot, Zubeyde Bulut.
Title from disc label.
Features: Q & A with director Eva Husson.
Somewhere in Kurdistan, Bahar, commander of the battalion, is preparing to liberate her hometown from the hands of extremists, hoping to find her son who is held, hostage. A French journalist, Mathilde, comes to cover the attack and bear witness to the story of these exceptional warriors. Since their lives have been turned upside down, they find themselves fighting for women, life, and liberty.


July 25, 2019
Mumbai, India : Reliance Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Vidyut Jammal, Asha Bhat, Vishwanath Chatterjee.
Title from container.
The story revolves around a vet who, on his homecoming to his father's elephant reserve, encounters and fights an international poachers racket.


July 23, 2019
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Veronica Ngo, Pham Anh Khoa, Thanh Nhien Phan, Thanh Hoa, Mai Cat Vi.
Widescreen (16:9).
Bonus features: Behind the scenes; Trailer.
An ex-gangster lying low in the countryside after becoming a mother can't escape her violent past when her daughter is kidnapped.


July 15, 2019
Los Angeles, California : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (approximately 103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
In a seaside village on the outskirts of an Italian city, Marcello is a slight, mild-mannered man who divides his days between working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his daughter Alida, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino. When Simoncino's abuse finally brings Marcello to a breaking point, he decides to stand up for his own dignity through an act of vengeance, with unintended consequences.


July 15, 2019
Mumbai : Reliance Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (151 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra, Suvinder Vicky.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2019.
Based on an incredible true story of the Battle of Saragarhi in which an army of 21 Sikhs fought against 10,000 Afghans in 1897.


July 12, 2019
Chicago, IL : Music Box Films, [2019]
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese, Lilien Batman, Maryam Zaree, Barbara Auer, Matthias Brandt.
Wide screen (2.35:1).
Adapted from the novel "Transit" by Anna Seghers.
In Christian Petzold's brilliant and haunting modern-day adaptation of Anna Seghers's 1944 novel, Georg, a German refugee, flees to Marseille assuming the identity of a recently deceased writer whose papers he is carrying. There he delves into the delicate and complex culture of the refugee community, becoming enmeshed in the lives of a young mother and son and falling for a mysterious woman named Marie.

Chalakkudikkaran changathi : a tribute to Kalabhavan Mani

July 10, 2019
[United States] : Empire Video, [2019]
1 videodisc ([161] min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Senthil Krishna, Ramesh Pisharody, Salim Kumar Dharmajan, Honey Rose.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced in India.
A biographical drama that chronicles the life and the untimely death of actor Kalabhavan Mani, who rose from his humble beginnings to become one of the most versatile artists in Malayalam cinema.

Ash is purest white

July 9, 2019
[Toronto] : EOne Films, [2019]
1 videodisc (136 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Yi'nan Diao, Xiaogang Feng, Casper Liang, Zheng Xu, Yibai Zhang.
Widescreen (2.40:1)
Title from disc label.
Qiao is in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect him. Qiao gets five years in prison for this act of loyalty. Upon her release, she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off.


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