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New Releases

The Party and the Guests
(O slavnosti a hostech)
A film by Jan Němec
Czechoslovakia, 1966

Blu-ray Special Edition

“A beautifully weighted absurdist allegory about conformity and the mechanics of totalitarianism which sounds echoes of Kafka, Ionesco, Buñuel and Havel”
Kieron Corless, Sight & Sound

Němec’s surreal and sinister fable was considered one of the most politically dangerous films of its era. Made during the short flowering of the Czechoslovak New Wave in the 1960s, it was subsequently ‘banned forever’ by the authorities.

Our world premiere Blu-ray of The Party and the Guests presents the film in a new 4K restoration. The edition also contains Jiří Trnka's renowned animated short film The Hand (1965), another surreal and savage indictment of totalitarianism (again banned by Czech authorities), also making its world premiere on Blu-ray.

Release Date: January 2022

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

New Releases

Hungarian Masters
Three films by Zoltán Fábri, István Gaál
and Miklós Jancsó

Hungary, 1955-1970

Limited Edition 3-disc Blu-ray Box Set

“All three films have been restored by the Hungarian National Film Archive and look splendid here.”
Michael Brooke, Sight & Sound

Second Run presents a selection of essential works by three of Hungarian cinema's most renowned filmmakers. A special limited edition box set contains these celebrated films from stunning new 4K restorations and released for the first time ever on Blu-ray.

The set includes Zoltán Fábri’s Merry-Go-Round (Körhinta, 1955); István Gaál’s Current (Sodrásban, 1963) and Miklós Jancsó’s Agnus Dei (Égi bárány, 1970). Each film is accompanied with essential extras and individual booklets with new writing on all three films.

Release Date: December 2021

Celia
A film by Ann Turner
Australia, 1988

Blu-ray Special Edition

“Little short of miraculous... The most striking debut to reach us from Australia during the 80s.” Derek Malcolm, The Guardian

Set in mid-1950s Australia, with the fear of communism in the air, Ann Turner's refreshingly unsentimental debut is a dark fable of childhood's end that ranks alongside Lord of the Flies, The 400 Blows, Stand By Me and Pan’s Labyrinth.

Presented from a new 2K restoration, our world premiere, region-free Blu-ray Special Edition features an all-new expansive documentary on the film's background and legacy made especially for this release by director Ann Turner, an interview with the director, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Maria Lewis on Celia, plus a booklet with essays by Michael Brooke and Professor Joy Damousi.

Release Date: October 2021

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