Second Rund DVD 051
This collection features three films directed by Frantisek Vlacil.
- MARKETA LAZAROVA
- THE VALLEY OF THE BEES
Street date: 9/13/2010
Second Rund DVD 052
All White In Barking
Barking is a community east of London, England that was once an industrial center and a hub for shipbuilding, but in recent years the town has fallen upon economic hard times. As many people have moved away from Barking, a number of immigrants have arrived in town to take their place, but a number of right-wing hate groups have sprung up to protest the influx of new arrivals from Nigeria, Pakistan and the West Indies. Filmmaker Mark Isaacs brought a small camera crew to Barking to examine the troubled racial situation, and the documentary All White In Barking finds both troubling and encouraging stories in the changing face of the community. While a number of openly racist citizens of Barking are featured, Isaacs also finds a number of people who have come to accept their new neighbors, as Jeff and Susan strike up a friendship with the Nigerian family that's moved in next door and holocaust survivor Monty develops a warm relationship with another Nigerian expatriate, Betty.
Men Of The City
People who work in the city either make money out of money, or from the proximity of money. But what do they feel about their jobs? In Men of the City, filmmaker Marc Isaacs goes behind the headlines to examine the state of mind and motivation of men in the city.
Street date: 10/25/2010
Second Rund DVD 053
This rather esoteric Portuguese-French drama is filled with poetic imagery. It is notable for it's beautiful photography as it follows a devoted nurse from her Portuguese home to the strange Cape Verde islands. Mariana is the nurse assigned to care for the injured immigrant worker Leao who is in a coma. With him she returns to his Cape Verde village. She was dissatisfied with her currently depressing life and willingly went. She begins to feel almost claustrophobic in the grim environment as she encounters a series of disturbing characters who drag her deeper into their depressing and hopeless lives. Mariana begins to reevaluate her former life.
Street date: 9/24/2012
Second Rund DVD 054
A young female factory worker in rural Czechoslovakia meets a pianist at a dance and spends the night with him. After he leaves she becomes infatuated and follows him to Prague.
Street date: 11/8/2010
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Tomas Hejtmanek peers the camera's gaze on filmmaker Frantisek Vlácil culled from hours of taped interviews, reconstructions of meetings (played by Jirí Kodet as Vlácil died before filming began), visits to film locations and Vlácil-inspired sequences. It produces an intimate snapshot of the enigmatic and curiously inspiring director.
Street date: 13/9/2010
Second Rund DVD 056
Russian drama. Anna Kapaleva stars as Lena, a young woman who travels from Moscow back to her hometown in the wartorn Caucuses to visit her grandparents. But when fresh unrest brings the trains to a halt, Lena finds herself trapped and must learn to survive the brutal conditions of war.
Street date: 4/11/2011
Second Rund DVD 057
Set in the late 1940s, the film concerns the treatment of suspect "bourgeois elements", a professor, a saxophonist, and a milkman, who are put to work in a junkyard for rehabilitation.
Street date: 2/28/2011
Second Rund DVD 058
An old man is recollecting all the women he met in his youth. An old woman wants them to commit suicide together but changes her mind. The little town has a doctor whose wife can not forget the old man, and the waiter who serves him his dinner doesn't know that Sinbad will soon court her.
Street date: 5/23/2011
Second Rund DVD 059
A boy/young man needs to mature whilst coming to terms with the absence of a father. He moves from dreams to reality. What tends to dilute the film at times is the depiction of a post-war-communist Hungary that 'matures' along with the boy himself.
Street date: 6/27/2011
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A merchant sailor returns to his home in Tierra del Fuego after spending most of his life at sea.
Street date: 8/22/2011
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Winner of the Best Director Prize at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, Red Psalm is also one of the great Hungarian film director Miklos Jancsó's best-known films. Recounting the story of a peasant uprising in Hungary in the 1890s, the film examines the nature of revolt, and the issues of oppression, morality and violence. Shot using just 28 long takes, Red Psalm is an extraordinary film, a virtuoso exercise of form and content and a formidable work of art from a filmmaker at the peak of his powers.
Street date: 9/26/2011
Second Rund DVD 062
Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes directs this kaleidoscopic hybrid of documentary and fictional narrative, set in a summer music festival in a mountain village in central Portugal. Undeterred from throwing themselves headlong into a new project by the complete absence of finance, script or cast, Gomes and his small crew travel to the village of Arganil to film the Pardieiros festival, one of hundreds of music festivals that take place across Portugal throughout the month of August. As the camera drifts whimsically through the vibrant atmosphere of music, mirth and merriment, a narrative of sorts is developed in which real people are reinvented as fictionalised protagonists, and the process of filmmaking itself emerges as one of the film's central themes.
Street date: 8/22/2011
Second Rund DVD 063
My Way Home
In the final days of WW II, a young Hungarian making his way home is captured and left in the custody of a young Russian soldier. The two youths form a friendship in spite of being enemies and unable to speak each other's language. The Hungarian's attempts to continue his journey homeward provide the framework for this powerful and deeply personal masterpiece from one of cinema's most acclaimed filmmakers.
On many writers, critics and filmmakers Best Film lists, and widely acknowledged as Jancsó's supreme masterpiece, The Round-Up is set in a detention camp, at a time of guerrilla campaigns against the ruling Austrians in 1869. Jancsó avoids conventional heroics to focus on the persecution and dehumanization manifest in a time of conflict and creates a terrifying picture of war that continues to resonate today.
The Red and the White
Set in 1919 during the brutal Civil War which raged in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, this is a war film unlike any other. Hungarian volunteers supporting the 'Red' revolutionaries fight a war of attrition against the 'White' counter-revolutionaries who are seeking to restore the old Czarist order.
Virtuoso in style and technique, Jancsó invites us to study the mechanisms of conflict and power to produce a unique film portrait of the utter futility of war.
Street date: 11/21/2011
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Employing a classic Hitchcockian premise - two people, one possibly a killer on the run, sharing a compartment on a night train – Kawalerowicz turns a thriller into an intriguing character study of ordinary people in unusual circumstances. Features Lucyna Winnicka and a great jazz score by Andrzej Trzaskowski.
Wajda's provocative film, from a script co-written by Jerzy Skolimowski, is a chronicle of contemporary youth; a milieu of motor-scooters, sex and jazz enjoyed by a group of Warsaw twenty-somethings. The film brilliantly captures the post-Stalin thaw that was beginning to make itself felt in late-1950s Poland.
Munk's 'heroic symphony' presents two sardonic tales of courage and valour which set out to demystify the archetypal image of heroism. Set during WW II, Eroica is a darkly comic and insightful satire; a provocative, powerful, and potent anti-war poem considered amongst the most subversive films of the period.
Goodbye, See You Tomorrow
Morgenstern's touching and visually stunning story of a fleeting love affair. Made in a loose narrative style akin to the French New Wave, the film stars Polish icon Zbigniew Cybulski (known as the 'Polish James Dean') and has a young Roman Polanski in the cast.
A key film from the era, it also features music by the great Polish composer Krzysztof Komeda (Rosemary's Baby).
Street date: 3/12/2012
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A commentary on the lives of young people who grew up in the new, post-war communist Poland, Wajda chronicles a bohemian milieu of motor-scooters, love, sex and jazz with great vitality and humour. The rebellion the film depicts is social and moral, not political - and the film angered both Communist and Church authorities by showing its young characters explicit rejection of any ideological affinity.
Street date: 9/10/2012
Second Rund DVD 068
A man finds himself in love with two women. Paul is successful and married to Adriana but is having an affair with the younger Raluca. In the days leading to Christmas, Paul decides he needs to choose between his two lives. Radu Muntean's frank, resonant and highly acclaimed film examines the emotional impact of adultery upon its three participants.
Street date: 5/14/2012
Second Rund DVD 069
In WW2 Hungary, hard-bitten resistance fighter János and naive young mother Kata are thrown together in an attempt to escape the Nazis. Compelled to pose as husband and wife, they are forced into a strange intimacy. Terrified of discovery, the couple are wary of all those around them, and even of each other. As their individual loyalties are challenged, their relationship begins to change - calling into question the emotional certainties of their normal lives, and forcing them to re-assess who they really trust.
Street date: 6/25/2012
Second Rund DVD 070
Man of the Story (Kathapurushan) by the Indian master Adoor Gopalakrishnan is a dramatisation of Kerala's history since the onset of the Independence struggle. A complex and challenging blend of traditional and modern story-telling styles that draws upon both folklore and recent Indian history to present an elliptical story of Kerala's modern history through the life of one man - Kunjunni - who is born in 1937 and lives to watch forty years of political upheavals in the southern Indian state of Kerala.
Street date: 8/20/2012
Second Rund DVD 071
Taking the infamous and documented 'demonic possession' of a group of nuns in Loudun, France in 1634 as his starting point (events subsequently also adapted by Ken Russell for his notorious film The Devils), director Jerzy Kawalerowicz created an intensely provocative and visually astonishing film. Aided by an extraordinary performance by Lucyna Winnicka as Mother Joan, the possessed Mother Superior of the convent, and Mieczysław Voit as the troubled priest Father Józef Suryn, Kawalerowicz's masterpiece is a profoundly disturbing exploration of faith, repression, fanaticism and sexuality.
Street date: 5/28/2012