New Arrivals · DVDs—Foreign Feature Films

November 19, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The rabbi's cat = Le chat du rabbin

November 18, 2019
[New York, N.Y.] : New Video Group, [2013]
1 videodisc (approximately 89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Voices: François Morel, Hafsia Herzi, François Damiens, Daniel Cohen.
Title from disc label.
Based on the graphic novel by Joann Sfar.
A cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter eats the family parrot and miraculously gains the ability to speak. Along with the power of speech comes unparalleled sardonic wit, and the cat spares no group or individual as he skewers faith, tradition and authority. The delivery of a box from Russia further complicates things when a painter is discovered inside, more dead than alive. He is on a quest for a hidden tribe and its mythical city in Africa.

Tel Aviv on fire

November 14, 2019
Universal City, CA : Entertainment One, Cohen Media Group, [2019]
1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Kais Nashif, Lubna Azabal, Yaniv Biton, Maisa Abd Elhadi.
Bonus materials: Conversations at The Quad with director.
"The film is an Luxembourg-Israel-French-Belgium co-production, and received funding from the Luxembourg Film Fund, the Israel Film Fund, YES Israeli Films, Gesher Multicultural Film Fund and Mifal Hapais."
Salam is an amateurish young Palestinian man who becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a fortuitous meeting with an Israeli soldier. His artistic career is on the rise until the soldier and the show's financial sponsors disagree about how the show should end, and Salam gets caught in the middle.

Vadachennai= Vaṭaceṉṉai

November 14, 2019
[Place of publication not identified] : Ultra Records AV Pvt. Lmt., 2019.
1 videodisc (164 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Dhanush, Ameer, Andrea Jeremiah.
A young carrom player in north Chennai becomes a reluctant participant in a war between two warring gangsters.

The wandering earth

November 14, 2019
Kuala Lumpur : The Myth Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (125 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wu Jing, Qu Chuxiao, Zhao Jinmai, Wu Mengda.
As the sun is dying out, people all around the world build giant planet thrusters to move Earth out of its orbit and sail Earth to a new star system. Yet the 2500-year journey comes with unexpected dangers, and in order to save humanity, a group of young people in this age of a wandering Earth fight hard for the survival of humankind.

Chekka chivantha vaanam

November 8, 2019
New York, NY : Ultra Records, [2019]
1 videodisc (150 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Arvind Swamy, T. R. Silambarasan, Arun Vijay.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
A strong revenge drama that explores man's quest for money and power and how it can override even close relationships.

KGF. Chapter 1

November 8, 2019
Singapore : Ultra Records, [2019]
1 videodisc (170 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Yash, Srinidhi Shetty, Ramachandra Raju.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
A young man's promise to his dying mother leads him on a dangerous quest for power and wealth.

The chambermaid

October 21, 2019
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2019]
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Gabriela Cartol, Agustina Quinci, Teresa Sanchez.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
A chambermaid at a high-end Mexico City hotel, into a beautifully observed film of rich detail. Set entirely in this alienating environment, with extended scenes taking place in the guest rooms, hallways, and cleaning facilities, this minimalist yet sumptuous movie brings to the fore Eve's hopes, dreams, and desires.


October 18, 2019
1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Reza Brojerdi, Erkan Acar, Xenia Assenza, David Masterson, Alexander Schubert, Adrian Topol.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2017.
Hunting down the murderer of their families in a near-future Berlin, a gang of lowlife characters all want revenge on each other, but along the way they must contend with a myriad of wicked fairytale types: assassins, madmen, a blood-covered angel, and an electric-powered superhero, all apparently come to life through a screenplay written by a demented but clueless dentist.


October 18, 2019
[Philadelphia, PA] : TLA Releasing, [2019]
1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Arash Marandi, Flor Eduarda Gurrola, Luis Alberti.
Title from disc label.
When Ramin hid on a cargo ship leaving Turkey, he never expected to end up in Veracruz, Mexico by accident. Having escaped persecution as a young gay man in his home country of Iran, he suddenly finds himself far from everything he knows, living the life of an exile in this nostalgic, tropical port where his past and future are constantly confronted by new relationships and revivified desires.


October 18, 2019
New York, NY : First Run Features, [2019]
1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Marcel Iures, Andi Vasluianu, Dana Rogoz.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
An elderly man returns to his childhood villa in Romania with the intention of selling it. Arriving there after a decades-long absence, Octav wanders through the atmospheric house and undulating grounds that surround it, and is confronted and transformed by the memories of his youth.


October 17, 2019
[New York, NY] : Film Movement, [2019]
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alon Aboutboul, Yafim Rinenberg, Tali Sharon, Ali Suliman, Yana Yossef.
Title from disc label.
A contemporary variation of the biblical story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar. Sarah, a harpist of the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra is married to Abraham, its conductor. When Hagar, a young Palestinian horn player joins the orchestra, the thin balance in their family is shaken. The story uncovers the metaphoric emotional roots of the ancient conflict between the two peoples living in Jerusalem, now seeking harmony through a dramatic encounter between Western and Eastern music.

At war

October 16, 2019
Los Angeles, CA : Cinema Libre Studio, [2019]
1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Vincent Lindon, Melanie Rover, Jacques Borderie.
Title from disc label.
Despite record profits, and heavy sacrifices made by their employees, the management of Perrin Industries decides to shut down a factory. The 1,100 employees decide to battle against the brutal decision in an attempt to save their jobs.

The silent revolution

October 15, 2019
[Brooklyn, NY] : Icarus Films Home Video, [2019]
1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Leonard Scheicher, Tom Gramenz, Lena Klenke.
Title from disc label.
During a visit to the cinema in West Berlin, high school students Theo and Kurt see dramatic newsreel footage of the Hungarian uprising in Budapest. Back at school in Stalinstadt, they spontaneously decide to hold a moment of silence in solidarity with the victims of the uprising. The gesture causes bigger ripples than expected.

Horse money

October 4, 2019
New York, NY : Cinema Guild, [2015]
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Tito Furtado, Antonio Santos, Vitalina Varela.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2014.
Bonus features: Our man (2010, 25 min.), a short film by Pedro Costa.
The time is now, a numbing and timeless present of hospital stays, bureaucratic questioning, and wandering through remembered spaces, and suddenly it is also then, the mid '70s and the time of Portugal's Carnation Revolution, when Ventura got into a knife fight with his friend Joaquim.

The wild pear tree

September 30, 2019
Brooklyn, NY : Cinema Guild [2019]
1 videodisc (188 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Aydın Doğu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Bennu Yıldırımlar, Hazar Ergüçlü, Serkan Keskin, Tamer Levent.
Special features: Q&A with Nuri Bilge Ceylan; theatrical trailer.
Originally broadcast as single episodes of a television program.
An aspiring writer returns home after university and finds his ambition at odds with the deferred dreams of his gambling addict father. As his own fantasies mingle with reality, he grapples with the people and the place that have made him who he is.


September 30, 2019
[New York, New York] : Cheng Cheng Films, [2016]
1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Zhou Dongyu, Ma Sichun, Toby Lee.
Special feature: trailer.
Based on the short story "July and Ansheng" by Qing Shan (a.k.a. Li Jie).
Two women who have been close friends since adolescence must cope with the changes that maturity brings.

The first king

September 26, 2019
[Plano, TX] : Well Go USA Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (128 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alessandro Borghi, Alessio Lapice, Fabrizio Rongione.
Title from disc label.
Bonus features: making of, trailers.
Romulus and Remus are two shepherds and loyal brothers who are destined to found the greatest empire the world has ever seen, but only one can rule. The journey to greatness is paved with blood, and the fate of the chosen one lies in the hands of their brother.


September 26, 2019
[United States] : Strand Releasing Home Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Rady Gamal, Ahmed Abdelhafiz, Osama Abdallah.
Title from disc label
Bonus features: Original theatrical trailer; Other strand trailers.
Beshay, a man cured of leprosy, has never left the leper colony in the Egyptian desert where he has lived since childhood. Following the death of his wife, he finally decides to go in search of his roots. With his meager possessions strapped to a donkey cart, he set out. Quickly joined by Obama, the Nubian orphan he has taken under his wing, Beshay will cross Egypt and confront the world with all its sorrows, all its hardships and its moments of grace.

The cloud-capped star

September 20, 2019
[United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2019]
1 videodisc (127 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Bijon Bhattacharya, Gita Dey.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1960.
Directed by the visionary Bengali filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak, tells the story of a family that has been uprooted by the Partition of India and come to depend on its eldest daughter, the self-sacrificing Neeta. She watches helplessly as her own hopes and desires are pushed aside time and again by those of her siblings and parents, until all her chances for happiness evaporate, leaving her crushed and ailing.


September 19, 2019
Mumbai : Shemaroo Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (166 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanjay Dutt, Kriti Sanon, Kiara Advani.
Title from disc label.
It is the story of lovers not destined to be together. The year is 1945. Satya Chaudhry, the wife of Dev Chaudhry, is diagnosed with cancer, and she is told that she has just a year or maximum of two years to live. Realizing that Dev will be shattered after her demise, she decides to find a second wife for him. Her search takes her to Rajputana, Rajasthan where Roop resides.

Aḹlu rāmēndran = Allu ramendran

September 19, 2019
[United States] : Movie Channel, [2019]
1 videodisc (approximately 145 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Kunchacko Boban, Krishna Shankar, Sreenath Bhasi, Dharmajan Bolgatty, Hareesh Kanaran, Salim Kumar.
Wide screen.
Title from container.
Ramendran is in trouble since the police jeep he drives always ends up with a flat tire. It has made him the laughing stock of the village. With his honor at stake, he sets out to find the person who is the source of all his woes.

Kāyaṃkuḷaṃ kochuṇṇi = Kayamkulam kochunni

September 19, 2019
Thrissur, Kerala, India : Empire, 2019.
1 videodisc (approximately 154 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Nivin Pauly, Mohanlal, Sunny Wayne.
Wide screen.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
Dreaded by the rich and corrupt and revered by the poor and downtrodden, he was a Robin Hood of sorts. Chronicles the life and times of the legendary 19th century highwayman, and how he rose from his humble beginnings.


September 19, 2019
Perumbavoor : Saina, [2019]
1 videodisc (173 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Mohanlal, Vivek Oberoi, Manju Warrier.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
A political Godfather, who ruled the God's Own Country, dies and a lot of thieves dressed up as politicians took over the rule. When question arises on the replacement of the 'God', just one name emerges; 'Stephen Nedumbally'.


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.


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