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New Releases

Witchhammer
(Kladivo na čarodějnice)

A film by Otakar Vávra
Czechoslovakia, 1969

“Made with relentless precision, rhythm and logic… beautifully staged in CinemaScope with stylish photography by Josef Illík and a compelling score by Jiří Srnka” Peter Hames


Witchhammer transforms the horrific tale of a notorious 17th Century witch trial into a powerful allegory of life under totalitarian rule. In a small Czech village, an investigation into a simple superstition quickly becomes a full-blown Inquisition, unleashing a tide of hysteria and cruelty.

The script, co-written by Ester Krumbachová (Daisies, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders), draws on original court transcripts and forced confessions, revealing the malevolence of the Inquisitors who exorcise their own greed and lust through gruesome torture and execution.

Presented from a new HD transfer and available on both region-free Blu-ray and DVD formats, our release includes a new and and exclusive appreciation of the film by critic Kat Ellinger, and Otakar Vávra's experimental 1931 short film The Light Penetrates the Dark.

Release Date: October 2017


My 20th Century
(Az én XX. századom)
A film by Ildikó Enyedi
Hungary, 1988

"My 20th Century is a number of wondrous things... a bracing combination of wit, invention, common sense and lunacy. It's a gravely comic meditation on civilization at the turn of this century" Vincent Canby, New York Times


Ildikó Enyedi’s acclaimed film tells the tale of identical
twins Dóra and Lili, born in Budapest at the very moment
that Edison’s wondrous electric light-bulb is unveiled
to the world. Celebrating the enthralling technological marvels as well as the political and sexual upheavals of the time, this film reclaims the birth of the twentieth century as a miraculous moment to be alive.

Available on both Blu-ray and DVD formats, this dazzling film is presented from a brand new HD restoration of the film by the Hungarian Digital Archive and Film Institute, supervised by director of photography Tibor Máthé and director Ildikó Enyedi.

Release Date: March 2017


New Releases

Vampir Cuadecuc
A film by Pere Portabella
Spain, 1970

"Portabella’s ravishing 1970 underground masterpiece… offers witty reflections on the powerful monopolies of both dictators and commercial cinema" Jonathan Rosenbaum


Pere Portabella’s extraordinary Vampir Cuadecuc was filmed on the set of Jess Franco’s shocker El Conde Dracula (Count Dracula, 1970) starring Christopher Lee and the exquisite Soledad Miranda. This atmospheric and experimental ‘making of’ documentary transforms the myth of the vampire into a powerful metaphor for bloodthirsty fascism.

Dispensing almost entirely with dialogue, Portabella relies on an abstract, fabulously idiosyncratic soundscape created by renowned Catalan artist and musician Carles Santos for its unearthly effect. Banned after completion, Vampir Cuadecuc remains a provocative, subversive and surreal experience.

Presented from a new director-approved HD transfer and available on both region-free Blu-ray and DVD formats, our release includes a new and and exclusive interview with director Pere Portabella.

Release Date: September 2017


The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
(Baron Prášil)
A film by Karel Zeman
Czechoslovakia, 1961

“Karel Zeman and Ray Harryhausen were the two big inspirations for me… what Zeman did was amazing” Tim Burton


Often described as the ‘Czech Méliès’, visionary filmmaker Karel Zeman is treasured by generations of filmmakers worldwide, from Jan Švankmajer to Tim Burton, the Quay Brothers to Terry Gilliam, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Wes Anderson. His ground-breaking innovations in the use of live-action and animation mark him as one of the great masters of 20th Century fantasy cinema, ranking alongside his more celebrated Western counterparts Willis O’Brien and Ray Harryhausen. The Fabulous Baron Munchausen is perhaps Zeman’s most beloved achievement.

Available on both Blu-ray and DVD formats, this magical film is presented from a new 4K restoration, and also includes a wealth of additional special features.

Release Date: July 2017


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