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Fopp loves world cinema, so we’re offering a premium selection of titles in the theme of ‘Love in any language’. Whether they be undisputed masterpieces such as La Dolce Vita or cult classics like Open Your Eyes we’ve got you covered. From £5 on DVD and £6 on Blu ray. Offer ends 28th February.

Amour


Director  Michael Haneke
Written by  Michael Haneke
Starring  Jean-Louis Trintignant · Emmanuelle Riva · Isabelle Huppert
Language(s)  French  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Michael Haneke directs this Academy Award-winning drama exploring death, ageing and the fear of loss. Anne and George (Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant) are a couple in their 80s who are enjoying their retirement, but that changes when, after an operation following a stroke, Anne is left wheelchair-bound and paralysed. Although she expresses her wish to die, even going so far as to make an attempt at taking her own life, George tries to remind her of the beauty and worth of life itself and the love that they share for each other. The feature won the Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film, and received a BAFTA for Best Leading Actress (Riva).

Ash is Purest White


Director  Zhangke Jia
Written by  Zhangke Jia
Starring  Tao Zhao · Fan Liao · Yi’nan Diao
Language(s)  Mandarin  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Zhangke Jia writes and directs this Chinese drama starring Tao Zhao and Fan Liao. Beginning in 2001, the film follows the relationship of gangster Bin (Liao) and his girlfriend Qiao (Zhao). When Bin’s life is threatened by members of a rival young gang, Qiao intervenes and is sentenced to five years in jail for her part in the confrontation. When she is released, she goes looking for Bin and eventually finds him in the city of Fengjie, where he lives a peaceful life having turned his back on his criminal past, but will Qiao choose to join him?

An Autumn Afternoon


Director  Yasujirô Ozu
Written by  Kôgo Noda · Yasujirô Ozu
Starring  Chishû Ryû · Shima Iwashita · Keiji Sada
Language(s)  Japanese  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

1960s drama from director Yasujiro Ozu following the tender story of a widower with a young daughter. Japanese social mores dictate that it is the responsibility of Michiko (Shima Iwashita), in the absence of her mother, to take care of her father, Shuhei (Chishu Ryu), for the rest of his life. Shuhei, however, shuns this course of action and instead arranges a marriage for his highly disinclined daughter.

Belle De Jour


Director  Luis Buñuel
Written by  Luis Buñuel · Jean-Claude Carrière
Starring  Catherine Deneuve · Jean Sorel · Michel Piccoli
Languages(s)  French  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel and Michel Piccoli star in this classic French drama co-written and directed by Luis Bunuel. Bored doctor’s wife Severine Serizy (Deneuve) hears of a brothel operating near her home and, struck by a sudden desire, goes there to offer her services in the afternoons. While there she encounters a wide range of characters, only to eventually run into trouble with gangster Marcel (Pierre Clementi) and her husband’s friend Husson (Piccoli) who has discovered her secret.

Blue is the warmest colour


Director  Abdellatif Kechiche
Written by  Abdellatif Kechiche · Ghalya Lacroix
Starring  Léa Seydoux · Adèle Exarchopoulos · Salim Kechiouche
Language(s)  French  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

French award-winning gay-themed drama directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. The film follows the 17-year-old closeted student Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos) as she pursues a passionate and fiery relationship with an older and ‘out’ blue-haired lesbian called Emma (Lea Seydoux). Throughout their relationship the two young women learn a lot about the pains and joys of being in love and the importance of staying true to oneself.

Breathless


Director  Jean-Luc Godard
Written by Jean-Luc Godard ·
Starring  Jean Seberg · Jean-Paul Belmondo · Daniel Boulanger
Language(s)  French  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Jean-Luc Godard directs this classic French crime drama which recounts the brief love affair between petty criminal Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and young American student Patricia (Jean Seberg). Michel has killed a police officer after stealing a car and is now hiding out in Patricia’s Paris apartment. But the police are getting closer, and Michel falls deeper in love with Patricia just as it seems his time is running out.

Certified Copy


Director  Abbas Kiarostami
Written by  Abbas Kiarostami · Caroline Eliacheff
Starring  Juliette Binoche · William Shimell · Jean-Claude Carrière
Language(s)  English · French · Italian  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD

 

Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami writes and directs this Italian-set romantic drama starring Juliette Binoche and William Shimell. Set over the course of one day in rural Tuscany, the film follows the enigmatic relationship between a man and woman who appear to have just met. James Miller (Shimell) is an English writer who has arrived in Tuscany to promote his new book. When an unnamed French gallery owner (Binoche) attends Miller’s lecture discussing the value of original artworks as opposed to copies, the two meet up afterwards and set off together on a sightseeing tour to the village of Lucignano. On arrival, they are mistaken for a married couple – but what is the real nature of the connection between them?

Chico & Rita


Director  Tono Errando · Javier Mariscal · Fernando Trueba
Written by  Ignacio Martínez de Pisón · Fernando Trueba
Starring  Ignacio Martínez de Pisón · Fernando Trueba
Language(s)  Spanish  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

A collaboration between Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba and Spanish designer Javier Mariscal, this animated feature is set in the vibrant bebop jazz scene of the late 1940s and early 1950s. When handsome and talented young jazz pianist Chico (voiced by Eman Xor Ona) meets sultry nightclub singer Rita (Limara Meneses) in Havana, the two quickly become a double act both on stage and in love. As they take their Cuban rhythms to the clubs of New York, Las Vegas, Hollywood and Paris, their turbulent relationship plays out its passions and heartbreaks to a soundtrack of Latin beats, ballads and bolero. Cuban pianist and composer Bebo Valdes provides the original score for the film, which also features the music of jazz greats including Cole Porter, Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie.

Cold War


Director  Pawel Pawlikowski
Written by  Pawel Pawlikowski ·  Janusz Glowacki · Piotr Borkowski
Starring  Joanna Kulig · Tomasz Kot · Borys Szyc
Language(s)  Croatian · French · German · Italian · Polish · Russian  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Pawel Pawlikowski co-writes and directs this romantic drama set during the Cold War. In Poland in 1949, musical director Wiktor Warski (Tomasz Kot) finds a star in young student Zula Lichon (Joanna Kulig), while scouting local talent for his folk group. After enjoying success and beginning an affair, the couple are split apart when their show is forced to become a Soviet propaganda act and Wiktor heads for the freedom of Western Europe while Zula hesitates and opts to stay, a decision that will shape their tragic romance for decades to come.

Consequences of Love


Director  Paolo Sorrentino
Written by  Paolo Sorrentino
Starring  Toni Servillo · Olivia Magnani · Adriano Giannini
Language(s)  Italian  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD

 

Award-winning Italian psychological drama. Titta Di Girolamo (Toni Servillo) is a middle-aged bachelor, who has been living alone for the last eight years in a Swiss hotel. Detached and isolated, he spends his days observing the guests who come to stay at the hotel. Gradually however, his controlled life begins to unravel when he starts talking to attractive barmaid Sofia (Olivia Magnani). As Titta feels himself more and more able to open up his deepest feelings, the tragic truth about his life is slowly revealed.

Everybody Knows


Director  Asghar Farhadi
Written by  Asghar Farhadi
Starring  Penélope Cruz · Javier Bardem · Ricardo Darín
Language(s)  Spanish · Catalan · English  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD

 

The film follows Laura (Cruz) on her travels from Argentina to her small home town in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion. Amid the joyful reunion and festivities, the eldest daughter is abducted. In the tense days that follow, various family and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed.

Frantz


Director  François Ozon
Written by  François Ozon · Philippe Piazzo
Starring  Pierre Niney · Paula Beer · Ernst Stötzner
Language(s)  French · German  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

French-German drama co-written and directed by Francois Ozon. The film follows German woman Anna (Beer) whose fiance Frantz (Anton von Lucke) has just been killed in the First World War. On one of her daily visits to his grave, a year after his death, she is startled by a young Frenchman named Adrien (Pierre Niney) who claims to know her late partner from their shared time studying in Paris together before the war. Won over by his story and sympathetic to his fragile state, Anna invites him to meet Frantz’s parents, Dr Hans (Ernst Stotzner) and Magda Hoffmeister (Marie Gruber) with whom she now lives. Although they are initially hostile towards the Frenchman they soon warm to his charms, as does Anna. When she follows him back to Paris, however, she is still conflicted about her attachment to Frantz and whether her future truly lies with Adrien.

The Handmaiden


Director  Park Chan-wook
Written by  Seo-kyeong Jeong · Park Chan-wook
Starring  Kim Min-hee · Ha Jung-woo · Cho Jin-woong
Language(s)  Korean  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Chan-Wook Park co-writes and directs this Korean drama adapted from Sarah Waters’ novel ‘Fingersmith’. Set in Korea in the 1930s, with the country under Japanese colonial rule, the film follows orphaned pickpocket Sook-hee (Tae Ri Kim) who is hired by a con artist posing as Japanese Count Fujiwara (Jung-Woo Ha) to act as the handmaiden of heiress Lady Hideko (Min-hee Kim), a ploy which Fujiwara hopes will allow him to pocket the heiress’ wealth for himself. As Sook-hee tries to persuade Lady Hideko to fall for the Count she instead is the one who forges an intimate bond with her new employer. The story of Hideko’s troubled upbringing unfolds as the two women revel in their passionate, new relationship and explore their previously repressed desires.

Hiroshima mon amour


Director  Alain Resnais
Written by  Marguerite Duras
Starring  Emmanuelle Riva · Eiji Okada · Stella Dassas
Language(s)  French  Subtitles  English
Format  Blu-ray

 

A cornerstone of the French New Wave, the first feature from ALAIN RESNAIS (Last Year at Marienbad) is one of the most influential films of all time. A French actress (Amour’s EMMANUELLE RIVA) and a Japanese architect (Woman in the Dunes’ EIJI OKADA) engage in a brief, intense affair in postwar Hiroshima, their consuming mutual fascination impelling them to exorcise their own scarred memories of love and suffering. With an innovative flashback structure and an Academy Award–nominated screenplay by novelist MARGUERITE DURAS (India Song), Hiroshima mon amour is a moody masterwork that delicately weaves past and present, personal pain and public anguish.

House Of Flying Daggers


Director  Yimou Zhang
Written by  Feng Li · Bin Wang · Yimou Zhang
Starring  Ziyi Zhang · Takeshi Kaneshiro · Andy Lau
Language(s)  Mandarin  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Martial arts action-drama from Chinese director Zhang Yimou. Leo (Andy Lau) and Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) have been given the task of ferreting out the leaders of a revolutionary faction known as the Flying Daggers. Jin arrives in disguise at a brothel, where the members are allegedly working and is introduced to a beautiful blind dancer named Mei (Zhang Ziyi). But when Jin drunkenly attempts to have his way with her, Leo is forced to intervene and, after gaining her trust, arrests her and informs her that she’ll be tortured if she doesn’t tell all she knows about the Flying Daggers.

I am love


Director  Luca Guadagnino
Written by  Barbara Alberti · Ivan Cotroneo · Walter Fasano
Starring  Tilda Swinton  ·  Flavio Parenti · Edoardo Gabbriellini
Language(s)  Italian  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD

 

Tilda Swinton stars in this drama by Italian director Luca Guadagnino. Set among the upper classes in turn-of-the-millennium Milan, the film opens with a formal lunch party in which ailing patriarch Edoardo Sr (Gabriele Ferzetti) celebrates his birthday by passing the family business over to his son Tancredi (Pippo Delbono) and grandson Edoardo Jr (Flavio Parenti). Tensions soon begin to show beneath the smooth, controlled veneer of the Recchi family as Tancredi’s wife, Russian-born Emma (Swinton), succumbs to the inelegant forces of passion and unconditional love.

Il Postino


Director  Michael Radford
Written by  Anna Pavignano ·  Michael Radford · Furio Scarpelli · Giacomo Scarpelli · Massimo Troisi
Starring  Philippe Noiret · Massimo Troisi · Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Language(s)  Italian  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

On a remote Mediterranean island young Mario Ruoppolo (Massimo Troisi) is hired to deliver letters to exiled love poet Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret). The two develop a close friendship, and Mario enlists the poet’s help to win the heart of the beautiful Beatrice Russo (Maria Grazia Cucinotta). During the courtship, the poet in Mario emerges, and he realises he need not depend on Neruda.

I'm A Cyborg, but that's OK


Director  Park Chan-wook
Written by  Park Chan-wook · Seo-kyeong Jeong
Starring  Lim Soo-jung · Rain · Kim Byeong-Ok
Language(s)  Korean  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Offbeat Korean comedy from director Chan-wook Park. Young-goon (Su-jeong Lim ) is admitted to a mental institution and, believing she’s a cyborg, charges herself with a transistor radio. Il-sun Park (Rain), a fellow inmate, steals the other inmates’ personality traits and believes he is fading and will one day turn into a dot. When Young-goon refuses to eat, Il-sun decides it’s his job to get her on her feet again.

In the realm of the senses


Director  Nagisa Ôshima
Written by  Nagisa Ôshima
Starring  Tatsuya Fuji · Eiko Matsuda ·Aoi Nakajima
Language(s)  Japanese  Subtitles  English
Format  Blu-ray

 

Still censored in its own country, In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no corrida), by the always provocative Japanese director Nagisa Oshima, remains one of the most controversial films of all time. A graphic portrayal of insatiable sexual desire, Oshima’s film, set in 1936 and based on a true incident, depicts a man and a woman (Tatsuya Fuji and Eiko Matsuda) consumed by a transcendent, destructive love while living in an era of ever escalating imperialism and governmental control. Less a work of pornography than of politics, In the Realm of the Senses is a brave, taboo-breaking milestone.

Jeune & Jolie


Director  François Ozon
Written by  François Ozon
Starring  Marine Vacth · Géraldine Pailhas · Frédéric Pierrot
Language(s)  French  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD

 

Francois Ozon writes and directs this French drama following a teenage girl who is discovering her sexuality. The film takes place over the course of a year, split into four different segments for each season. Just before turning 17, student Isabelle (Marine Vacth) loses her virginity during a summer holiday. Before long she turns to prostitution and finds that she is excited and intrigued by the process of going to meet a new client. Initially Isabelle manages to keep her dealings a secret but eventually the truth comes out, much to the consternation of her parents. Can she return to her former life as a schoolgirl?

L'Innocente


Director  Luchino Visconti
Written by  Suso Cecchi · D’Amico  Enrico Medioli · Luchino Visconti
Starring  Giancarlo Giannini · Laura Antonelli · Rina Morelli
Language(s)  Italian  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Italian director Luchino Visconti’s last film is an understated melodrama set at the turn of the century and follows a gentleman of leisure who indulges all his own whims but is shaken to his core when he discovers his wife is having an affair.

La Belle Et La Bete


Director  Jean Cocteau
Written by  Jean Cocteau
Starring  Jean Marais · Josette Day · Mila Parély
Language(s)  French  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Jean Cocteau’s classic fantasy re-casts the well-known fairy tale. When Beauty’s father picks a rose at a deserted castle, a beast in Prince’s clothing appears and tells him he must die. He sends the man home to say good-bye to his family, whereupon Beauty offers to take her father’s place. She goes off to the castle but instead of killing her, the beast falls in love with her.

La Dolce Vita


Director  Federico Fellini
Written by  Federico Fellini · Ennio Flaiano · Tullio Pinelli
Starring  Marcello Mastroianni · Anita Ekberg · Anouk Aimée
Language(s)  Italian  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Italian director Federico Fellini’s epic tale of Roman decadence centred on the adventures of gossip columnist Marcello (Marcello Mastroianni) and his hedonistic lifestyle. Despite his girlfriend Emma (Yvonne Furneaux)’s overdose Marcello continues to pursue a number of different women, including wealthy heiress Maddalena (Anouk Aimee) and newly arrived movie starlet Sylvia (Anita Ekberg), who Marcello shows some of Rome’s most picturesque tourist attractions to. Throughout the various parties and social gatherings that Marcello attends he appears to be equally attracted and repelled by the ostentatious behaviour of the guests and the opulence present in the social circles that he interacts with.

Last Year in Marienbad


Director  Alain Resnais
Written by  Alain Robbe-Grillet
Starring  Delphine Seyrig · Giorgio Albertazzi · Sacha Pitoëff
Language(s)  French  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Classic French drama directed by Alain Resnais. In a luxury hotel somewhere in Europe, an unnamed man (Giorgio Albertazzi) attempts to persuade one of his fellow guests, a similarly unnamed married woman (Delphine Seyrig), that they have not only previously met, but that they had an affair and made plans to elope together. The woman, however, does not appear to recognise him and does her best to rebuff his advances. The cast also includes Sacha Pitoeff, Francoise Bertin and Luce Garcia-Ville.

Le Bonheur


Director  Agnes Varda
Written by Agnes Varda
Starring  Jean-Claude Drouot · Marie-France Boyer · Marcelle Faure-Bertin
Language(s)  French  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD

 

 

French New Wave film-maker Agnes Varda directs this drama exploring the complex and devastating effects of an extra-marital affair. Francois (Jean-Claude Drouot), a happily-married carpenter with a young family, finds himself falling in love with telephone operator Emilie (Marie-France Boyer). As he basks in the joy and passion of his new relationship, he finds that far from feeling alienated from his family, his feelings for them are actually enhanced and intensified. But when he tries to share his joyful discovery with his wife, her reaction is far from the delight that Francois hoped for.

Life Is Beautiful


Director  Roberto Benigni
Written by  Vincenzo Cerami · Roberto Benigni
Starring  Roberto Benigni · Nicoletta Braschi · Giorgio Cantarini
Language(s)  Italian  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Italian treasure Roberto Benigni is Guido, a charming, bumbling Jewish waiter whose colourful imagination and playful spirit help him to woo a beautiful schoolteacher (Nicoletta Braschi). The couple marries and has a young son, but before long their idyllic world is threatened by Nazi soldiers who force the family into a concentration camp. Guido must now use his imagination again – this time, to transform his son’s tragic new surroundings into a magical wonderland. Championed by critics and honoured with seven Oscar nominations, this heartwarming fable is a reminder that even under the most trying circumstances, life truly is beautiful.

Nights Of Cabiria


Director  Federico Fellini
Written by  Federico Fellini · Ennio Flaiano · Tullio Pinelli
Starring  Giulietta Masina · François Périer · Franca Marzi
Language(s)  Italian  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

1950s Italian drama directed by Federico Fellini. Cabiria (Giulietta Masina) is a resilient Italian prostitute working in Rome who, despite the various disappointments which come her way, always looks on the bright side of life. Even her optimism is threatened, however, when she is rejected first by glamorous film star Alberto Lazzari (Amedeo Nazzari), then by her supposedly respectable fiance, Oscar (Francois Perier), who also absconds with Cabiria’s life savings.

Norwegian Wood


Director  Anh Hung Tran
Written by  Anh Hung Tran · Haruki Murakami
Starring  Ken’ichi Matsuyama · Rinko Kikuchi · Kiko Mizuhara
Language(s)  Japanese  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD

 

Japanese drama following student Toru Watanabe (Kenichi Matsuyama), whose best friend, Kizuki (Kengo Kora), commits suicide at a young age. Some time after the death of his friend, Toru grows close to Kizuki’s ex-girlfriend, Naoko (Rinko Kikuchi). However, their relationship is ultimately based on their mutual grief and they soon part ways. Toru is left alone once more, until he meets spirited Midori (Kiko Mizuhara). Will he finally be able to find the companionship he longs for?


Director  Alejandro Amenábar
Written by  Alejandro Amenábar · Mateo Gil
Starring  Eduardo Noriega · Penélope Cruz · Chete Lera
Language(s)  English
Format  DVD

 

Psychological thriller based on the novel by Philip K. Dick. Cesar (Eduardo Noriega) tries to make sense of his life after a car crash leaves his once-handsome face grotesquely disfigured. After he is placed into a psychiatric penitentiary for a murder he doesn’t remember committing, Cesar’s only hope is to delve into the depths of his subconscious mind where the answer to ending his living nightmare lies in his dreams. ‘Vanilla Sky’ is a Hollywood remake of this film.

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Director  Ritesh Batra
Written by  Ritesh Batra
Starring  Nawazuddin Siddiqui · Sanya Malhotra · Sachin Khedekar
Language(s)  Hindi · Gujarati  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD

 

Ritesh Batra writes and directs this Hindi romantic drama starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra. When his grandmother pressures him about his bachelor status before visiting him in Mumbai, photographer Rafi (Siddiqui) assuages her concerns by claiming he is getting married to a stranger in one of his photographs. When she asks to be introduced to her grandson’s fiancee, Rafi is forced to go in search of the mysterious woman and convince her to go along with his story.

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire


Director  Céline Sciamma
Written by  Céline Sciamma
Starring  Noémie Merlant · Adèle Haenel · Luàna Bajrami
Language(s) French · Italian  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Celine Sciamma writes and directs this French historical drama starring Noemie Merlant and Adele Haenel. In 1770, artist Marianne (Merlant) travels to Brittany to paint a portrait of Heloise (Haenel), the daughter of a French countess, to celebrate her impending marriage to an Italian nobleman. However, Heloise objects to the marriage, so Marianne is tasked with completing her portrait in secret and acting as Heloise’s companion. As the two women spend more time together, their relationship evolves into a forbidden affair.

A Royal Affair


Director  Nikolaj Arcel
Written by  Rasmus Heisterberg · Nikolaj Arcel
Starring  Alicia Vikander · Mads Mikkelsen · Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
Language(s)  Danish · English ·  French · German  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Nikolaj Arcel directs this Academy Award-nominated Danish period drama based on a novel by Bodil Steensen-Leth. Mads Mikkelsen stars as Johann Friedrich Struensee, a bright young doctor who becomes personal physician to the psychologically unstable King Frederik of Denmark (William Johnk Nielsen). Struensee’s ambitions know no bounds; as well as winning the affections of the young Queen Caroline Mathilde (Alicia Vikander), he becomes increasingly involved in the King’s state affairs, using his position to forward the enlightenment, implementing freedom of the press and of expression, abolishing torture and serfdom, reforming the school system and curtailing the privileges of the aristocracy.

Rust and Bone


Director  Jacques Audiard
Written by  Jacques Audiard · Thomas Bidegain · Craig Davidson
Starring  Marion Cotillard · Matthias Schoenaerts · Armand Verdure
Language(s)  French  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

 

Jacques Audiard directs this French relationship drama detailing the bond that develops between two people, both profoundly damaged in different ways. The film starts by telling two parallel stories: one of Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), a homeless father struggling to care for his five-year-old son, and the other of Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), a woman who loses her legs in an accident while working as a trainer of killer whales. Both strong, idiosyncratic characters who are used to defining the parameters of their personal relationships, their union forces them out of the emotional safety zones they have each developed for the purposes of self-protection.

A Silent Voice


Director  Naoko Yamada
Written by  Reiko Yoshida
Starring  Miyu Irino · Saori Hayami · Aoi Yûki
Language(s)  Japanese  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Naoko Yamada directs this anime feature adaptation of the manga by Yoshitoki Oima. Nishimiya Shoko (voice of Saori Hayami) is a high school student who struggles with her hearing impairment. At school, she is often bullied by Ishida Shouya (Miyu Irino) and, as a result, decides to change schools. After having many years to consider his actions, Shouya, now a grown man, seeks redemption from those he has hurt.

Talk to Her


Director  Pedro Almodóvar
Written by  Pedro Almodóvar
Starring  Javier Cámara · Darío Grandinetti · Leonor Watling
Language(s)  Spanish  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD

 

Pedro Almodovar’s tale of dance, bullfighters, love and comas. Benigno (Javier Camara) is a housebound nurse who falls in love with a young dancer, Alicia (Leonor Watling), he sees rehearsing through his window. Marco (Dario Grandinetti) is a journalist who falls in love with a bullfighter, Lydia (Rosario Flores), after being assigned to interview her. When Alicia and Lydia are involved in separate accidents which send them both into a comas, Benigno and Marco meet at the hospital and unpredictable consequences promptly ensue.

 

 

Victoria


Director  Sebastian Schipper
Written by  Sebastian Schipper
Starring  Laia Costa · Frederick Lau · Franz Rogowski
Language(s)  German · English · Spanish  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD

 

Laia Costa stars in the title role of this German crime thriller. Living in Berlin for a three-month working trip, Spanish waitress Victoria (Costa) spends her days working in a cafe and her nights indulging in the German capital’s nightlife. After a late night out clubbing with Sonne (Frederick Lau), Boxer (Franz Rogowski), Blinker (Burak Yigit) and Fuss (Max Mauff), Victoria finds herself caught up in the group’s plans to pull off an ambitious bank heist later that same night.

Vincere


Director  Marco Bellocchio
Written by  Marco Bellocchio · Daniela Ceselli
Starring  Giovanna Mezzogiorno · Filippo Timi · Fausto Russo Alesi
Language(s)  Italian · French  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD

 

Marco Bellocchio directs this Italian drama based on the true story of Benito Mussolini’s secret first wife and son, who were hidden away by the fascist Italian leader and both went on to die in insane asylums. Giovanna Mezzogiorno stars as Ida, a young beautician who falls in love with the charismatic rising political leader and newspaper publisher Benito Mussolini (Filippo Timi). After marrying him and bearing him a son (also called Benito), she is later discarded like a minor pawn in Il Duce’s megalomaniacal path of triumph. After Mussolini finds a new wife, Rachele Guidi (Michela Cescon), he has Ida locked up and all records of both the marriage and his son erased.

Volver


Director  Pedro Almodóvar
Written by  Pedro Almodóvar
Starring  Penélope Cruz · Carmen Maura · Lola Dueñas
Language(s)  English
Format  DVD

 

Director Pedro Almodovar’s acclaimed supernatural-themed comedy starring Penelope Cruz. Cruz plays a Madrid mother and housewife of a drunk husband. She and her hairdressing sister are orphans by dint of a house fire back home in rural LaMancha. When their sole surviving relative there – their mum’s sister – passes on, her past habit of talking to the girls’ mother as if she were still on the mortal plane takes on a new and chilling significance.

You and I


Director  Nils Bökamp
Written by  Nils Bökamp
Starring  George Taylor · Eric Klotzsch · Michal Grabowski
Language(s)  German · English · Polish  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD

 

Gay-themed German drama written and directed by Nils Bokamp. The film follows former housemates Jonas (Eric Klotzsch) and Philip (George Taylor) as they reunite to spend their summer together on a road trip in their camper van. Travelling around the Uckermark district for a photography project, the pair’s differing sexualities has never been an issue for either of them. But after picking up homophobic, Polish backpacker Boris (Michal Grabowski), the pair’s friendship is put to the test as Boris makes a move on Philip and disturbs the friends’ once perfect and balanced dynamic.

Your Name


Director  Makoto Shinkai
Written by  Makoto Shinkai · Clark Cheng
Starring  Ryûnosuke Kamiki · Mone Kamishiraishi · Ryô Narita
Language(s)  Japanese  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Mitsuha and Taki have never met, but when the frustrated country girl wishes of a life in the big city, they will forge a connection both unexplainable and unforgettable. In their dreams, the two swap lives, cultures, and genders as they learn more about, and grow closer to, each other. What was once a shock becomes a joy-filled double life, but what will happen when they discover the red string of fate tying them together?

2046


Director  Kar Wai Wong
Written by  Kar-Wai Wong
Starring  Tony Chiu-Wai Leung · Gong Li · Faye Wong
Language(s)  Cantonese  Subtitles  English
Format  DVD

 

Offbeat and sumptuously filmed sci-fi romance directed by Kar Wai Wong. A struggling pulp fiction writer, Chow (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai), gets so caught up in the Kubrick-style sci-fi novel he is writing that fantasy and reality start to merge. Meanwhile, Chow indulges his passion with a series of beautiful women including Bai (Zhang Ziyi) and Wang (Faye Wong) in the seedy hotel room where he is staying – but he can’t get his real love, Su Lizhen (Gong Li) out of his mind. The film premiered at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

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