FEBRUARY DVD RELEASES FROM FACETS
Changes are afoot at Facets as they shift gears to keep up with the rapidly changing home-viewing industry. In addition to new titles, Facets will now offer their best-selling films as DVDs on demand for a reduced price. For February, Alexander Kluge's best-known film, Yesterday Girl, is available for $19.95.
Plus, each month, they will feature timely re-promotions of classics and favorites that are in the news to remind viewers that no other label offers such a unique selection of foreign, independent, and documentary films. This month, legendary Hungarian auteur Bela Tarr takes center stage because of the stir created by his latest and possibly last film, The Turin Horse. Not caught up on your Tarr viewing? Then, catch these Tarr films available only on the Facets label, Satantango, Almanac Of Fall, and Damnation.
Street Date: February 28, 2011
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3=1-Films of Jan Sharp
"All my life I've been making documentaries that were intrusive, where I've seduced people into revealing themselves for the good of others." -Jan Sharp, ALEIM MAGAZINE
Jan Sharp's circle of friends includes some of the most interesting, creative, or unique people on earth. This brand new compilation features a trio of films about the extraordinary folk who have opened up for Sharp's camera.
In Rick, Michele and Scarlett, clothing designer Rick Owens, recently hailed as the "edge of future fashion," prepares for a Paris showing. His L.A. studio is across the street from Michele Remy's cafe, where the city's movers and shakers come for a quiet evening out on the town. Michele, a Renaissance woman, operates the cafe with daughter Scarlett.
Beard: Pecking Order was shot at the invitation of the film's subject, Peter Beard, who asked Sharp to record his last professional assignment in his beloved Africa. The filmmaker and her subject are lifelong friends, and the film captures what it's like to be part of their inner circle.
Shot on location in East Timor, Chasing the President follows President Jose Ramos Horta on a peace-building mission into the remote border districts of Asia's newest nation. Sharp joins a presidential convoy of 15 four-wheel-drive vehicles as it winds its way through isolated mountain villages to Balibo and beyond.
3=1-Films of Jan Sharp. Produced, directed, and photographed by Jan Sharp. This DVD-R is manufactured on demand and is expected to play back in DVD-Video "play only" devices.
U.S./2010/Color/Fullscreen/51 mins., 48 mins., and 58 mins.
More from Valie Export for Facets'
Limited Edition Series
"A landmark film . . . Valie Export achieves in Menschenfrauen what Godard strove for . . . in his Every Man for Himself--a human view of a woman's place in a man's world. . . ." --SEATTLE FILM FESTIVAL
Provocative feminist filmmaker Valie Export offers a killer of a relationship movie--and it's no romantic comedy!!!
Journalist Franz S. dallies with four women who think only they are the apple of Franz's eye. Each girlfriend represents a different female archetype: Petra is a sweet kindergarten nurse; Gertrud is an intelligent teacher; Elisabeth the barmaid is always ready for a party; and poor Anna is the long-suffering wife. Eventually, the women want more from life than Franz's attention and use different means to undermine his game.
As part of Facets's film preservation agenda, the Facets Limited Edition series offers rare, exclusive titles in limited numbers. This DVD-R is expected to play back in DVD-Video "play only" devices.
Menschenfrauen. Produced and directed by Valie Export. Written by Peter Weibel and Valie Export. With Renee Felden, Maria Martina, Susanne Widl, Klaus Wildbolz, and Christiane von Aster.
Austria/1980/Color/Fullscreen/100 mins. In German with English subtitles.
One of Facets' Best-Selling Titles Now at a
New Lower Price
"Kluge . . .is not only a great filmmaker, but an intellectual, a storyteller, and one of the great cultural critics of our time." - Michelle Langford, SENSES OF CINEMA
Sold out in our initial run, Yesterday Girl is now available for $19.95. This stunning film not only marked the debut of Alexander Kluge but also launched the New German Cinema after the press hailed it as the rebirth of German film at the 1966 Venice Film Festival.
At the heart of Yesterday Girl is the performance of Alexandra Kluge, the director's sister, who stars as a young East German woman named Anita G. Carrying all of her belongings in a flimsy suitcase, Anita passes through the Berlin Wall looking for a better life in the promised land of West Germany.
Though not as well known as New German directors Werner Herzog, R.W. Fassbinder, or Edgar Reitz, who worked as the cinematographer on Yesterday Girl, Kluge mines his country's history and culture like no other director.
Yesterday Girl. Abschied von Gestern. Written and directed by Alexander Kluge. With Alexandra Kluge and Gunther Mack. Cinematography by Edgar Reitz and Thomas Mauch. Produced by Kairos-Film and Independent Film. This DVD-R is manufactured on demand and is expected to play back in DVD-Video "play only" devices.
Germany/1966/Black & White/Fullscreen/88 mins. In German with English subtitles.
All-Zone NTSC DVD
"Tarr is one of the most innovative and accomplished auteurs in filmmaking today. . . ." --MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
THREE FROM TARR
Often compared to Tarkovsky and Antonioni, Bela Tarr has long been hailed as one of the most important filmmakers in Europe. This past year, Tarr has finally gotten the mainstream recognition he deserves in America. The Turin Horse, is Hungary's submission for the 2011 Best Foreign-Language Academy Award. The acclaim is sure to draw more attention to Bela Tarr, and you won't want to be left out of this salute to the master of melancholy.
Facets is proud to re-present three of Tarr's most accomplished films.
* Tarr's singular vision, rendered in masterful long takes and beautiful black and white, is apparent in every frame of SATANTANGO, a story of lost, lonely characters who inhabit an abandoned agricultural collective. This special edition includes a separate disc with three additional Tarr films: the rare MACBETH, the companion piece to SATANTANGO JOURNEY ON THE PLAIN, and the short PROLOGUE.
* Set exclusively in an older woman's crumbling apartment, ALMANAC OF FALL follows the greedy manipulations of the woman's son, nurse, and relatives who are after her money. One of Tarr's few color films, ALMANAC OF FALL is a turning point between his early films and his austere masterpieces.
* With its long takes and atmospheric cinematography, DAMNATION is the film that brought universal acclaim to Tarr. In a bleak Hungarian mining town, unlucky Karrer is in love with a married cabaret singer.
SATANTANGO Hungary/1994/Black and White/Widescreen/420 mins. In Hungarian with English subtitles. (c)1994, 2006 MOKEP CO., Hungarofilm Division.
ALMANAC OF FALL. Oszi almanach. Hungary/1983/Color/Fullscreen/120 mins. In Hungarian with English subtitles. (c)1983, 2006 MOKEP CO., Hungarofilm Division.
DAMNATION. Karhozat. Hungary/1987/Black and White/Widescreen/122 mins. In Hungarian with English subtitles. (c)1987, 2006, MOKEP CO., Hungarofilm Division.
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