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Selected works by Ben Rivers

UK, 2003 - 2022

Blu-ray 2-disc Special Edition

“Ben Rivers’ movies make an immediate impression – they evoke mystery...
[They] have the long-term power to shape the viewer’s worldview and to take them on previously unknown journeys”

Karlovy Vary Film Festival

British artist and filmmaker Ben Rivers is internationally renowned for creating a body of bold experimental works that lie between documentary and fiction.

Second Run are proud to present the first comprehensive Blu-ray collection of Ben Rivers' unique, award-winning and critically acclaimed films. This 2-disc Blu-ray Special Edition contains 24 extraordinary films specifically chosen by the artist, plus a booklet with a new essay by author and scholar Erika Balsom and writing on each of the films by Ben Rivers.

Release Date: November 2023

Interrogation (Przesłuchanie)
A film by Ryszard Bugajski
Poland, 1982

Blu-ray Special Edition

“Sombre and harrowing, enlivened by a few flashes of sour wit, it is a highly intelligent accountHilary Mantel, The Spectator

Based on true events, and with a mesmersing performance by the great Krystyna Janda, Ryszard Bugajski’s harrowing film was banned under martial law in Poland, but thrived on underground VHS after a copy was smuggled out by the director at immense personal risk. Finally released after the Fall of Communism, the film remains a powerful indictment of totalitarianism.

Second Run present the world Blu-ray premiere of Bugakski's masterwork. Our disc includes an in-depth interview with the late director about the film, plus a 40-page booklet with the complete transcript of the 1982 hearing before the so-called ‘Co-laudation’ commission which led to Interrogation’s total suppression.

Release Date: September 2023

New Releases

Pearls of the Deep
(Perličky na dně)

A film by Jiří Menzel, Jan Němec, Evald Schorm, Věra Chytilová, Jaromil Jireš
Czechoslovakia, 1965

Blu-ray Special Edition

“Generally anarchist and scaldingly farcical... all five films are compelling time capsules of defiance and loveVillage Voice

Five films, based on stories by Bohumil Hrabal, Pearls of the Deep is one of the delights of the Czechoslovak New Wave and manifesto for a new generation of young filmmakers.
A joyous rallying cry for subversion and artistic expression.

Second Run present the world Blu-ray premiere of Pearls of the Deep from a brand new 4K restoration. Our region-free Blu-ray also includes Ivan Passer's A Boring Afternoon and Juraj Herz's The Junk Shop, two additional films based on stories by Hrabal that were originally intended to be included in the film, a 1967 short film interview with Hrabal, plus a booklet with new writing on the films by author and Czechoslovak cinema expert Peter Hames.

Release Date: October 2023

The English Surgeon
A film by Geoffrey Smith
UK, 2007

Blu-ray Special Edition

“This is one extraordinary documentary...
A life-affirming, unforgettable portrait of a true humanitarian” Time Out

Geoffrey Smith’s multi-award-winning documentary centres on the work of Henry Marsh, a leading British brain surgeon, and a pioneer of neurosurgical technique whose expertise provides a glimmer of hope to patients in impoverished post-Soviet Ukraine.

Beautifully shot and edited, with a haunting score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, this powerful, emotive film shares the triumphs of Marsh’s successes and the profound sorrow of his failures.

Release Date: August 2023

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