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LES NEIGES DU KILIMANDJARO/SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO (15) 2010 FRANCE GUÉDIGUIAN, ROBERT    £10.99
    A trade unionist becomes involved with an investigation into the burglary but when he discovers that a fellow member of his union is responsible for the crime and the misfortune that drove him to commit the crime he comes to regret acting in haste. Will he be able to make things right?



7  DÍAS EN LA HABANA/7 DAYS IN HAVANA (15) 2012 CUBA        £15.99
    This portrait of contemporary Havana comprises a collection of short films set in the city. Set over the course of one week in the Cuban capital, the film features a segment for each of the seven days, each directed by a different film maker. The segments are: 'El Yuma: Monday', directed by Benicio Del Toro; 'Jam Session: Tuesday', directed by Pablo Trapero; 'La Tentadión de Cecilia: Wednesday', directed by Julio Médem; 'Diary of a Beginner: Thursday', directed by Elia Suleiman; 'Ritual: Friday', directed by Gaspar Noé; 'Dulce Amargo: Saturday', directed by Juan Carlos Tabío; and 'La Fuente: Sunday', directed by Laurent Cantet.

 AIR DOLL (18) 2009 JAPAN        KOREEDA, HIROKAZU    £15.99
    Surreal Japanese drama about a latex doll which becomes human.

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 ALEKSANDER DOVZHENKO WAR TRILOGY (PG) RUSSIA     £29.99
    Features - In 'Zvenigora' (1928) an elderly man tells his grandson about the legend of the Scythian treasure. Believing the tales to be true, the boy searches for the treasure throughout the remainder of his life.

'Arsenal' (1929) - Silent war drama about a soldier who  makes his way back home to Kiev. Here he  and his fellow Bolshevik soldiers revolt against the authorities and end up at a munitions base, preparing to fight for their city against the approaching nationalist White Army.

In 'Earth' (1930) - One of the last silent classics commissioned to promote the collectivisation of the Soviet rural economy, but its story of rural prosperity through technical progress takes a back seat to the incredible images that fill the screen in this great film poem, which is as much a paean to a pagan past as a depiction of the march of progress

ARIRANG/CROCODILE (15) KOREA        KI-DUK, KIM        £19.99
    Features  the documentary 'Arirang' (2011),  and 'Crocodile' (1996).


THE ARRIVAL OF WANG (15) 2011 ITALY    MANETTI, MARCO AND ANTONIO    £12.99
    When a young Chinese interpreter receives a call from an old client offering her some highly paid work, she wonders about the nature of the job. What she is confronted with when she arrives is something she could not have prepared herself for.

It appears that an alien has been captured by the government and can only communicate in Chinese. Gaia is then tasked with determining its intentions.

BY THE BLUEST OF SEAS (U) 1936 RUSSIA    BARNET, B/MARDANIN S.  £9.99   
    Comedy drama about a mechanic and a sailor who  go to work on a collective farm where they both fall for the lovely administrator Masha.CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE FRENCH DVD LIST


THE CHARISMA OF ADOLF HITLER - LEADING MILLIONS INTO THE ABYSS (12)   £19.99
    Historian Laurence Rees presents this three-part documentary series examining how the Nazi leader came to subjugate a nation. By looking at the major decisions taken by Hitler during WWII, the series sheds light on why others found it necessary to further his aims, examines how Hitler coerced the German population to his will, and explores why his personality and oratory cast such a spell on the German nation.

CÉSAR & ROSALIE (12) 1972 FRANCE    SAUTET, CLAUDE        £15.99
    Yves Montand and Romy Schneider star in this stylish French 'love triangle'.

CINEMA KOMUNISTO (TBA) 2010    TURAJLIC, MILA        £19.99
    Documentary about the history of Yugoslavian cinema and Marshal Josip Broz Tito's connection to it. A film lover himself, Tito supported the industry and filmmakers, enabling soldiers to work as extras and Hollywood stars and directors to use the country for location shoots. However, following Tito's death the industry went into decline with studios and workers going out of business.

The film features interview footage of Tito's personal projectionist Leka Konstantinovic, as well as other movie professionals from that prosperous time.

CONTRE TOI/IN YOUR HAND (15) 2010 FRANCE      DOILLON, LOLA    £15.99  
    French thriller depicting the relationship between a middle-aged woman and her kidnapper. Anna Cooper (Kristen Scott Thomas)  is abducted from a Paris street by Yann (Pio Marmaï), who holds her captive in a small room and provides her with only the barest essentials for her survival. As time goes by, the reason behind Yann's desperate bid for revenge comes to light, but meanwhile a relationship has developed between the two that leads to unexpected outcomes.


THE CZECHOSLOVAK NEW WAVE - A COLLECTION (15)        £23.99
    Triple bill of Czechoslovakian New Wave films. In 'Diamonds of the Night' (1964), two Jewish boys escape from a train transporting them from one Nazi death camp to another. As the boys run through the rugged and unfamiliar terrain, hounded by a band of armed German villagers, their flight is interpolated by their dreams, hallucinations, fantasies and memories.

In 'Intimate Lighting' (1969), successful musician Peter (Zdenek Bezusek) and his girlfriend visit an old friend who is in charge of a small music school. The reunion then causes the characters to reflect on their lives, where they've ended up and how the decisions they've made have brought them there. In 'The Cremator' (1969), Karl Kopfrkingl (Rudolf Hrusinsky) is the owner of a crematorium in the early stages of the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia who finds in the situation an opportunity to fulfill his business ambitions, justify his anti-Semitism and exert his obsession for control.

His discovery that his wife has 'impure' blood sends him on a psychopathic spiral, leading to a tragic climax.


FACES OF SCOTLAND (E)         £19.99
    Collection of seven short features from the Scottish Screen Archive, made between 1938 and 1970, which explore various aspects of life in Scotland at the time. The films comprise: 'The Face of Scotland' (1938), 'Pleasure Island' (1960), 'Seawards the Great Ships' (1960), 'A Kind of Seeing' (1967), 'Still Life With Honesty' (1970), 'The Silver City' (1957) and 'The Big Mill' (1963).


FAUST (15) 2011        SOKUROV, ALEKSANDR     £15.99
   
Aleksandr Sokurov directs this German-language adaptation of the classic tale about a man who sells his soul to the Devil


GATE OF HELL (PG) 1953 JAPAN  KINUGASA, TEINOSUKE     £19.99
    Celebrated 1950s Japanese film that won praise for its use of colour photography and the dramatic tension of its storyline. When samurai warrior Morit (Kazuo Hasegawa)'s quick thinking saves the life of the ruling empress during an attempted coup he is offered his choice of reward. Morit declares that he desires only the hand in marriage of one of the court's ladies-in-waiting, Lady Kesa (Machiko Kyô), who helped him execute the plan.

Morit is told that Lady Kesa is already married but this doesn't prevent him from pursuing her with a relentlessness that threatens to end in disaster for all concerned.

LES GÉANTS/ GIANTS (15) 2011 BELGIUM   LANNERS, BOULI   IN FRENCH  £15.99
    Belgian coming-of-age drama. Teenage brothers have been more or less abandoned by their parents for the summer at their dead grandfather's house in rural Belgium. When they run out of money, they team up with another youngster, who introduces them to a local drug dealer. The boys soon find themselves in over their heads.


JÄGARNA (15) 2011 SWEDEN        SUNDVALL, KJELL    £19.99
    Thriller in which Erik (Rolf Lassgård) returns to his hometown to reunite with his brother after the death of their abusive father. While there, he investigates a case of deer poaching and uncovers that his brother may be involved with the gang of hunters.


JIA ZHANG-KE COLLECTION (15) CHINA   IN MANDARIN  £29.99

 Collection of the following three films -

'Pickpocket' (1998) -  Xiao Wu (Hongwei Wang), a pickpocket and petty criminal whose friends have made it clear they want nothing to do with him, wanders the streets of Fengyang, growing increasingly alienated as a result of his failure to relate meaningfully to anyone, or to understand the changing times of his country.

'Platform' (2000)-  the year is 1979 and Minliang (Wang), Ruijian (Tao Zhao) and Chang Jun (Jing-dong Liang) all work as part of the Peasant Culture Group, a theatrical troupe who perform works extolling the achievements of Chairman Mao. Everything begins to change when they are called together and told that state policy now requires them to incorporate Western elements into their performances and also to fend for themselves as a privately-owned outfit without state subsidy. Over the following decade, the personal and romantic problems within the group are played out against a backdrop of rapid cultural transformation, with the troupe - now known as the All-Star Rock and Breakdance Band - struggling to survive as they deal with the problem of ever-dwindling audiences.

'Unknown Pleasures' (2002) - follows the lives of two 19-year-old friends who live in the provincial Chinese city of Datong. Disaffected and without jobs or ambition they pass their days wandering around town on their motorbikes dreaming of escape whilst around them China is changing; television begins to show their country's developing political and economic role in the world and how globalisation has reached China.

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JULIUS CAESAR (15) 2012    DORAN, GREGORY    £15.99
    BBC adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy based on the Royal Shakespeare Company's stage production. With the setting changed from Rome to present-day Africa, the story follows the assassination of Julius Caesar (Jeffery Kissoon) by those attempting to overthrow his dictatorship and the subsequent aftermath. The cast includes Paterson Joseph and Cyril Nri as conspirators Brutus and Cassius and Ray Fearon as Caesar's supporter, Mark Antony.

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THE KILLING: SEASON 3 (TBA) 2012 DENMARK SVEISTRUP, SØREN    £39.99
    Final series in the Emmy-nominated Danish crime drama. Having found peace after her previous ordeals, Detective Inspector Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbol) is brought into investigate what seems to be a random murder at the Copenhagen docks. Attention is quickly drawn toward an oil business run by the troubled Robert Zeuthen (Anders W. Berthelsen), and an old flame of Sarah's believes that this seemingly random murder may be connected to a possible assassination attempt on the Prime Minister.

KISS ME (15) 2011 SWEDEN    KEINING,  ALEXANDRA-THERESE    £15.99
    Swedish drama following the intense relationship that develops between a pair of young women who meet at an engagement party for their parents.

THE LAST ART FILM (E) 2012       AUERBACH, JAKE        £15.99   
    Documentary that sets out to discover what compels artists to work and inspires their creations. The artists featured in the programme include Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Celia Paul and Jake Tilson. The voices of artists from the past, such as Vincent van Gogh and William Blake, are supplied by Jim Broadbent, Ian Holm, Lizzy McInnerny and Tim McInnerny.


LES MISERABLES (1935)/LES MISERABLES (1952) (U)         £9.99
    Two big screen versions of Victor Hugo's classic tale, set in early 19th-century France. The story follows Jean Valjean (played by Fredric March in the 1935 version, and by Michael Rennie in the 1952 film), a prisoner who breaks his parole and spends the next two decades fleeing from obsessive police inspector Javert (Charles Laughton/Robert Newton). In his quest for personal redemption, Valjean adopts Cosette (Rochelle Hudson/Debra Paget), daughter of impoverished prostitute Fantine (Florence Eldridge/Sylvia Sydney), and is eventually elected as town mayor.

But it's not long before Valjean's past, in the shape of Inspector Javert, comes back to haunt him.

The dvd can be played in Spanish, German, Italian (1952 Version Only)

LES NEIGES DU KILIMANDJARO/SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO (15) 2010 FRANCE GUÉDIGUIAN, ROBERT    £10.99
    A trade unionist becomes involved with an investigation into the burglary but when he discovers that a fellow member of his union is responsible for the crime and the misfortune that drove him to commit the crime he comes to regret acting in haste. Will he be able to make things right?


MA BONNE ÉTOILE/ LUCKY STAR (12) 2012 FRANCE  FASSIO, ANNE    £15.99
    Christopher Lambert and Fleur Lise Heuet star in this equine tale about a girl fighting against the odds. While living happily at her father Pierre (Christopher Lamberto)'s stables in Normandy, Louise Barthélémy (Fleur Lise Heuet)'s life is turned upside down when fate deals the family a cruel blow. As her father struggles to keep the business afloat, Louise, who has always dreamed of being a jockey, enrols at an elite riding school in the hope of turning their fortunes around.


MICHAEL PALIN'S BRAZIL (12) 2012        £19.99
    In this four-part BBC travelogue, Michael Palin sets out to discover a country that is set to become a 21st century superpower. Beginning in the northeast of Brazil, where the first Europeans settled, Michael journeys southwards across the world's fifth largest nation by river, plane and foot, taking in the diverse peoples, cultures and sites on route, and sampling the vibrant, colourful life of this re-emerging country.

NEW GIRL: SEASON 1 (15)   2012        £24.99
    All 24 episodes from the first season of the American sitcom following the lives and loves of five quirky twentysomethings.

DIE NIBELUNGEN (PG)   1924 GERMANY        LANG, FRITZ        £19.99
    Long-awaited restoration of Lang’s five-hour  Nibelungen adaptation.


OUTSKIRTS (PG) 1933 RUSSIA        BARNET, BORIS            £9.99
    During the First World War a small village situated on the border between Russia and Germany, a German prisoner of war is  has granted permission to work as a cobbler. As a romance blossoms between him and a native girl they are looked upon with suspicion.


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THE PARADISE (PG) 2012                £24.99
    BBC Victorian costume drama, adapted from the novel 'Au Bonheur des Dames' by Émile Zola. Set in a north of England town, the series follows shopworker Denise Lovett (Joanna Vanderham) as she struggles to make her way to the top after managing to gain a lowly position as a salesgirl .



THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (PG) 1928   DREYER, CARL THEODOR     £17.99
    Classic silent film depicting the trial and execution of Joan of Arc.


PREUSSISCHES MÄRCHEN: DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN (RICHTER) (E) 1974 GERMANY       BAUERNFEIND, WINFRIED    £24.99
    Caspar Richter leads the Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper in this premiere filming of Boris Blacher's five act ballet opera, staged in 1974. Essentially a comic version of the 'Hauptmann von Köpenick' story, where a petty thief impersonates a Prussian military officer, this production substitutes the role of the thief with that of a well respected clerk, Wilhelm Fadenkreutz. Performers featured include Lisa Otto, Ivan Sardi, Manfred Röhrl and Gerti Zeumer.


DAS SCHLOß/ THE CASTLE DAS SCHLOß (12) 1997 GERMANY     HANEKE, MICHAEL  £15.99
    Existential drama  adapted from the novel by Franz Kafka.


THE SECRETS OF CRICKLEY HALL (15) 2012    AHEARNE, JOE     £12.99
    Three-part TV adaptation of James Herbert's ghostly novel.


A TRIP TO THE MOON (RESTORED) (U) 2002    MÉLIÈS ,GEORGES    £15.99
    Classic silent film based on Jules Verne's 'From the Earth to the Moon' and H.G. Wells's 'The First Men in the Moon' is a light satire of the scientific community at the time of its inception.



UNE VIE DE CHAT/A CAT IN PARIS/ (PG) 2010 FRANCE FELICIOLI, J.P/GAGNOL, A £12.99
    French animated crime thriller spoof.



WE HAVE A POPE/HABEMUS PAPAM (PG) 2011 ITALY    MORETTI, NANNI     £15.99
   
Gently comical drama about a newly elected Pope struggling to come to terms with his new role.


  
  
  
  
  
  



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