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|Edvard Munch-Special Edition 2-DVD Set
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This is the first commercial US release of the extended 2-part version of Peter Watkins
"Famously described by Ingmar Bergman as a ""work of genius"", Peter Watkins' multi-faceted masterpiece is more than just a bio-pic of the iconic Norwegian Expressionist painter. Focusing initially on Munch's formative years in late 19th Century Kristiania (now Oslo), Watkins uses his trademark style to create a vivid picture of the emotional, political and social upheavals that would have such an effect on his art.
The young artist (Geir Westby) has an affair with ""Mrs Heiberg"" (Gro Fraas), a devastating experience that will haunt him for the rest of his life, and his work is viciously attacked by the critics and public alike. He is forced to leave his home country for Berlin, where, along with the notorious
Swedish playwright August Strindberg, he becomes part of the cultural storm that is to sweep Europe.
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Just as Knut Hamsun's novel, Hunger, considers what it means to starve for one's work, Danish director Henning Carlsen's film adaptation of Hunger portrays the story’s protagonist as an inscrutable man whose eccentric dedication to literature costs him his health. Hunger, the first Scandinavian co-production to represent Denmark, Sweden, and Norway in its making, takes place in 1890's Christiania (Oslo), where Pontus (Per Oscarsson) perseveres homelessness and starvation to write articles for a local magazine editor. Filmed in grainy black and white, Hunger is as thoughtfully subtle as an Ingmar Bergman film. Pontus's washed-out hallucinations recall The Seventh Seal, while his preoccupation with the lovely Ylajali (Gunnel Lindblom), whose name he invents because of the way the name rolls off his tongue, recalls the romanticism of Wild Strawberries. Scenes showing Pontus considering how to steal bones from dogs, or pleading with his boots to stay on his feet, capture his self-inflicted tragedy, while other scenes depicting citizens refusing to help Pontus earn money elicit sympathy for his plight. Watching this film alongside Hamsun, a wonderful biography of the author, shows similarities between the author and his most famous character, Pontus, not due to Knut Hamsun’s poverty or sketchy mental facility, but rather his undying commitment to skepticism and literature. Hunger, however, quiets those personality traits, making Pontus as sensitive as he is uncompromising. --Trinie Dalton
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Fueled by icy sexuality and raw violence, Next Door is a chilling and provocative thriller with a mind-bending twist. Newly single, John befriends the two women living in the cluttered labyrinth of an apartment next door. This neighborly spirit leads to a bizarre seduction, culminating with a blow to the jaw that dredges up deeply disturbing memories. Could it be the end of John's sanity, or is it just what he needs to see things clearly for the first time?
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- Fueled by icy sexuality and raw violence, Next Door is a chilling and provocative thriller with a mind-bending twist. Newly single, John befriends the two women living in the cluttered labyrinth of an apartment next door. This neighborly spirit leads to a bizarre seduction, culminating with a blow to the jaw that dredges up deeply disturbing memories. Could it be the end of John s sanity, or is it
|Mio in the Land of Faraway
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Fantasy about a lonely boy who is transferred from his dull life with his adoptive parents to the land where his real father is the king. In that country he sets out on a quest, together with his new friend, to destroy the evil Knight Kato.
|Cool & Crazy: On the Road
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In his 2001 documentary Cool and Crazy, Norwegian filmmaker Knut Erik Jensen introduced us to a group of men from a small fishing village in Norway who find purpose, companionship and even fame as members of the Berlevåg Male Choir. Now in the sequel, COOL & CRAZY ON THE ROAD, we witness this group of Scandinavian singers encounter a nation in mourning as they cross the Atlantic for their first U.S. tour, only 3 weeks after the tragedy of September 11th.
The Berlevåg Male Choir is a group of about 30 fishermen--the youngest age 30, the oldest in his 90s--from a little village on the banks of the Barents Sea with a practically uninterrupted view all the way to the North Pole. Their harsh lifestyle has made these men resolute and strong natured. When the men arrive in post 911 America, their fortitude is a source of inspiration for the fragile people they encounter. As the men tour the country singing, they bring hope and wisdom to their audiences through timeless songs of faith and joy that touch all those they meet. They also find fun, cutting a swath across America in their tour bus--sightseeing in New York City, dancing in the streets at a Hollywood party, sharing trade secrets with fishermen in Cape Cod, and touring Elvis' recording studio in Memphis.
Cool & Crazy was one of Norway's most popular films in recent years. It was voted one of the 'Best of the Festival' at the Edinburgh Film Festival where The Guardian called it "The best movie about music since Buena Vista Social Club." It made its U.S. premiere at the Chicago Film Festival, then opened in Los Angeles and New York, and played in Minneapolis, Washington DC and elsewhere during the Choir's U.S. tour.
|Lakki...the Boy Who Could Fly
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Abused by his gym teacher and his mother's current boyfriend, young Lakki can find no peace. He cannot turn to his father as the man is distant and uncaring. Instead a 14 year old find friends and harbor on the streets. He gets himself into trouble at school, starts playing with drugs, and tries to become a bully. He has no direction and no one to guide him. Even the friends he has made turn against him. It is only when things turn to the worst, and his fantasies are at their height does the real world finally reach in and save him from a tumble into the abyss of drugs and prostitution.
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Adapted from a 1932 Danish novel, SOFIE tells the tale of a young Jewish woman in the Copenhagen of the 1880s. At 28, Sofie (Karen-Lise Mynster) is unmarried and fills her days with books. Longing for a man in her life, Sofie finally embarks on an affair with Hojby, a dashing, intelligent artist. Her parents, unable to accept a gentile into the family, instead push her into a marriage with her dimwitted piano-playing cousin, Jonas. Giving up her youthful dreams of true love, she follows her parents' wishes to find that hardship is a recurrent theme in her life. Liv Ullman's directorial debut is ripe with beautiful photography and emotional resonance.
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DESCRIPTION: From one of the producers of the Academy Award(R)-winning NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN(Best Picture, 2007), comes this critically acclaimed,
postmodern Norwegian coming-of-age story. REPRISE follows two aspiring novelists and lifelong friends journeying down different paths after one's first novel receives wild acclaim and the other a pile of rejection slips. Filled with infectious energy, filmed in French New Wave style and featuring a stellar up-and-coming young cast, REPRISE is an extraordinary film you'll want to experience again and again.
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|Insomnia (The Criterion Collection)
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Disgraced Swedish detective Jonas Engström (Stellan Skarsgård) travels to northern Norway to solve a brutal murder in Insomnia. Unable to sleep through the night of the midnight sun, Engström quickly loses his grip on the case and his mind. Erik Skjoldbjærg's debut feature is a deft amalgam of psychological thriller, morality play, and police procedural. Criterion presents the DVD premiere of Insomnia in a new widescreen transfer.
This 1997 film from Norway and neophyte director Erik Skjoldbjærg delivers the goods with unsettling effectiveness. It's an intense, smart, and taut thriller if only because what it eerily implies is creepier than the film's reality. Opening with a churning, chilling murder of a young woman, Insomnia invites the viewer--as well as its protagonist, celebrated Oslo homicide cop Jonas Engström (Stellan Skarsgård)--into the mind and thoughts of a killer by making Engström fatally flawed himself. While in pursuit of the murderer, Engström makes a mistake; he accidentally shoots his partner and friend and covers up his deed in a panic. But he overlooks a minor detail: the real killer has seen him commit the crime. What ensues is a layered, complex, and unnerving descent into chaos, brought on by the inability to sleep in this land of the midnight sun. Engström suffers from insomnia, which warps his logic and resolve, and before long he's totally unraveled and unsure of his every move. But not before a twisty transference and countertransference occurs between cop and killer. The two play a game of high-stakes one-upmanship that surprises in the end. Insomnia is fresh and psychologically bent, full of Scandinavian despair and dark humor, and it boasts a film noir pulse beneath its blinding light. --Paula Nechak
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