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New Releases

The Lighthouse
(Mayak)
A film by Maria Saakyan
Russia, Armenia, 2006

Blu-ray Special Edition

“Saakyan's astonishing film captures an emigre's memories of her war-torn Georgian village with aching poetic grace - the imagery lingers like gunsmoke.” Empire

Maria Saakyan's elegiac, semi-autobiographical drama unfolds against the backdrop and legacy of the Caucasus wars of the early 1990s. Told with a dream-like intensity, this poetic and moving film is in the great visual tradition of Tarkovsky and Paradjanov. An outstanding directorial debut by an immensely talented filmmaker who died tragically young.

Presented from a new 2K restoration by the Hamo Bek-Nazarov Project, and approved by the film’s cinematographer Maksim Drozdov, this region-free Blu-ray also includes Maria Saakyan’s acclaimed short film Farewell (Proshchanie), a visual essay on the film, trailers and an extended booklet featuring a 2009 interview with the director and essays by writer/curator So Mayer and film historian Vigen Galstyan.

Release Date: September 2021

The Fifth Horseman is Fear
(…a pátý jezdec je Strach)
A film by Zbyněk Brynych
Czechoslovakia, 1964

Blu-ray and DVD Special Editions

“A nearly perfect film... it is unmistakably the work of a master... a beautiful, distinguished work. Roger Ebert

Set in Prague, this powerful tale is informed as much by Czech resistance to Soviet impositions as it is by the torments of the Nazi era. Focussing on the intense anxiety, paranoia and terror prevalent in any totalitarian system, Zbynek Brynych’s The Fifth Horseman is Fear subverts its historical context, creating a frighteningly relevant portrait of a society ruled by fear.

Presented from a new HD transfer from original materials, our region-free Blu-ray and DVD editions feature a new Projection Booth commentary; two controversial ‘lost’ sequences that appeared in the 1968 American and Italian release versions of the film; a short film the renowned Czech filmmaker Evald Schorm, plus a booklet with new writing on the film by Jonathan Owen and filmmaker Dominik Graf.

Release Date: August 2021

New Releases

Beauty and the Beast
(Panna a netvor)
A film by Juraj Herz
Czechoslovakia, 1978

Blu-ray Special Edition

“Herz’s richly crafted retelling […] is definitely no children’s movie - but it is, with its arresting lyricism and striking style, an eminently worthy rival to the classic 1946 version by Jean Cocteau. Nick Pinkerton, Metrograph

From Juraj Herz, director of The Cremator and Morgiana, comes an altogether darker interpretation than we're used to. Light years from Disney, Herz's film transforms the familiar tale into something entirely more twisted and terrifying in this macabre re-imagining.

Aided by wonderful set and costume design, superb cinematography and evocative score, this is a fairy-tale-turned-horror story from Czechoslovak cinema’s most wryly subversive artist.

Presented from a new HD transfer from original materials, our region-free Blu-ray also features a new Projection Booth comentary, a short film on writer František Hrubín and a booklet with new writing on the film by Jonathan Owen.

Release Date: July 2021

Adoption
(Örökbefogadás)
A film by Márta Mészáros
Hungary, 1975

Blu-ray Special Edition

“[Mészáros] belongs with figures such as Agnès Varda, among European cinema’s important female pioneers. [...]
Adoption is a bold work, that - psychologically complex, politically trenchant, and attuned to rebellion - still holds up today. Carmen Gray

Márta Mészáros is one of cinema's most significant female directors. Her outspoken works deal frankly with issues of gender, politics and society.

Adoption is a story of rebellion and of two strong women. Kata longs to have a child of her own, but rejected by her married lover, Kata looks into adoption. She befriends troubled teen Anna, also determined to start a new life for herself, and the two women soon form a strong and unexpected kinship.

Presented from a new 4K restoration, our region-free Blu-ray also features a new and exclusive filmed introduction by director Mészáros, an archival interview with Mészáros and
a booklet with new writing on the film by Carmen Gray.

Release Date: July 2021

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