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Mar 302019

Kino Lorber Announces its April 2019 Home Video Releases

Mantra: Sounds into Silence (Alive Mind Cinema, DVD)
DVD Street Date: April 2, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary, Music | 85 min | NR | Color

Director: Georgia Wyss
Featuring: Angelika Baumbach, Gaura Vani Buchwald, Krishna Das

Synopsis: Mantra: Sounds into Silence is an eye-opening documentary that explores the growing musical and social phenomenon of chanting, and shares the stories of people who are finding healing and a sense of inner peace by singing mantras together. It’s a film about spirituality not religion, about people reconnecting with their true selves and with others.

Mantra shows that chanting can have beneficial effects on the brain and in turn, on practitioners’ well-being. As the stories from people from all walks of life and from all over the world unfold, we meet the musicians who have inspired them and brought them together. Through these encounters, we will discover how the artists themselves came to this music and to the practice of Kirtan, and how, over the years, it transformed their lives too.

With performances and contributions from Deva Premal & Miten with Manose, Krishna Das, Snatam Kaur,Jai Uttal,MCYogi,Dave Stringer,Lama Gyurme & Jean-Philippe Rykiel,C.C.White, Mirabai Ceiba, Gaura Vani, Nina Rao, Charlie Braun, Guru Ganesha,Wah! and more.

Special Features: A Special Kirtan Story with Donna De Lory / About Mantra, the Environment and Compassio

¡Las Sandinistas! (Kino Lorber, DVD)

DVD Street Date: April 2, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary | 96 min | NR | Color

Director: Jenny Murray
Featuring: Dora Maria Tellez, Daisy Zamora

Synopsis: ¡Las Sandinistas! reveals the untold stories of Nicaraguan women warriors and social revolutionaries. These insurgent women shattered barriers to lead combat, and social reform, during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution and the ensuing U.S.-backed Contra War. The documentary displays how their leadership is relevant to the continuing struggle for justice today. The lm reveals a magical moment in world history when thousands of female rebel fighters transformed society’s definition of womanhood and leadership. Nicaraguan women from every social class fought on the front lines on an unprecedented scale in the Sandinista rebel army, and after the defeat of the brutal Somoza dictatorship, these same women pioneered groundbreaking nationwide medical, social, and education programs. Today, as the current Sandinista government is erasing these women’s stories of heroism, social reform, and military accomplishments from history books, these same women are fighting to reclaim history – and are once again leading inspiring popular movements for equality and democracy.

Gospel of Eureka
DVD Street Date: April 9, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary | 73 min | NR | Color

Director: Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher

Synopsis: Welcome to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a one-of-a-kind oasis in the Ozarks where Christian piety rubs shoulders with a thriving queer community. Narrated with homespun humor by Mx Justin Vivian Bond, this lushly photographed documentary spotlights the space where the town’s seemingly contradictory factions intersect: Lee and Walter, out and proud husband-owners of a local gay bar they liken to a “hillbilly Studio 54,” talk about their deep-seated faith; a Christian t-shirt designer describes his love for his gay father; and everything comes together in a show- stopping mash-up of a spectacular passion play and raucous drag show. The result is a joyously offbeat slice of Americana that breaks down the red-state-blue-state divide. – BAMcinemaFest

Special Features: Booklet essay by film critic Caden Mark Gardner

Touch Me Not (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: April 9, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary | 125 min | NR | Color

Director: Adina Pintilie
Featuring: Laura Benson, Tómas Lemarquis, Christian Bayerlein

Synopsis: Adina Pintilie’s debut feature Touch Me Not is a brave and raw look at bodies, intimacy, and empathy, exploring the private lives and sexual desires of four people with an approach that blurs the line between fiction and documentary.

Moving seamlessly between erotic clubs and closed-door reflections, Touch Me Not is a self- assured journey into the intimate lives of Laura, Tómas, Christian, and Grit. Opening windows into a world of those who dare to break with social conventions and access the hidden aspects of their sexuality, the lm revels in a space where anyone – no matter the obstacle – has the possibility of touching their inner rebel. Winner of the Berlinale’s Golden Bear and Best First Feature, Touch Me Not is an exhilarating plunge into the endless possibilities of the human body and mind. – Dimitri Eipides, Toronto International Film Festival

The Invisibles (Greenwich Entertainment, DVD)
DVD Street Date: April 16, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Drama | 110 min | NR | Color

Director: Claus Räfle
Starring: Max Mauff, Alice Dwyer, Ruby O. Fee

Synopsis: While Nazi propaganda minister Josef Goebbels infamously declared Berlin “free of Jews” in 1943, 1,700 Jewish Berliners managed to survive in the Nazi capital. Claus Räfle’s gripping docudrama traces the stories of four real-life survivors who learned to hide in plain sight.

Moving between cinemas, cafés and safe houses, they dodged Nazi officials and a dense network of spies and informants. Yet their prudence was at odds with their youthful recklessness, prompting them to join the resistance, forge passports, or pose as Aryan war widows. Masterfully weaving these story threads together, The Invisibles is a testament to the resourcefulness, willpower and sheer chance needed to survive against incredible odds.

Zizou and the Arab Spring (Kino Lorber, DVD)

DVD Street Date: April 16, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Comedy-Drama | 101 min | NR | Color

Director: Férid Boughedir
Starring: Zied Ayadi, Sarra Hannachi, Fatima Ben Saïdane

Synopsis: With Zizou and the Arab Spring, Férid Boughedir (Halfaouine, A Summer in La Goulette) charmingly pulls off a lighthearted comedic fable about, of all things, the 2011 Arab Spring uprising in Tunisia. Zizou (Zied Ayadi) is a naive and sincere optimist whose crush on a beautiful girl leads him to become the unwitting face of a revolution. With two years of university under his belt, but very little common sense, Zizou leaves his Saharan village and finds work in the big city of Tunis, installing satellite dishes alongside a colorful cast of characters. The job takes him to every part of the city, introducing him to residents ranging from supporters of the regime and underground rebels to a ravishing beauty being held captive by the mafia. When Zizou decides to attempt a rescue of his beloved, he gets much more than he bargained for, and a case of mistaken identity lands him in the forefront of a national rebellion. This delightful movie will win you over with its bewitching story set against the gorgeous backdrop of a colorful Tunisia as it attempts to become the first true democracy in North Africa. – Traverse City Film Festival

Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray)
Blu-ray Street Date: April 16, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95

Comedy-Drama | 95 min | NR | Color

Director: Férid Boughedir
Starring: Selim Boughedir, Mustapha Adouani, Rabia Ben Abdallah

Synopsis: Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces (1990) is a bittersweet portrait of a boy’s sexual awakening. Shot in Tunisia by renowned filmmaker Férid Boughedir (A Summer in La Goulette, Zizou and the Arab Spring), this charming and erotically adventurous coming- of-age drama follows inquisitive thirteen-year-old Noura (Selim Boughedir, the director’s nephew) as he discovers the opposite sex. His eyes are opened to his own sexual desires when he visits the local Turkish bathhouse with his mother. Gazing upon the array of unclothed women, Noura begins to experience his first pangs of longing. Soon enough he risks expulsion out of the baths and back onto the streets.

A sensitive, comical look at growing up, Boughedir’s film is also a rich, vibrant portrait of Halfaouine, a neighborhood in Tunis. It is from its variety of colorful and eccentric characters that Noura learns the complicated, often hypocritical ways of adulthood.

Special Features: THE PICNIC (1973), a short film by Férid Boughedir

A Summer in La Goulette (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray)
Blu-ray Street Date: April 16, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95

Comedy-Drama | 95 min | NR | Color

Director: Férid Boughedir
Starring: Sonia Mankaï, Ava Cohen-Jonathan, Sarah Pariente

Synopsis: A Summer in La Goulette (1996) is “an enchanting, insanely erotic comedy” (Eye Weekly) shot on the sun-dappled seaside of Tunisia by director Férid Boughedir (Halfaouine, Zizou). Three teenage girlfriends (one is Jewish, another Muslim, and the third Catholic) live in an apartment complex near Goulette beach in 1967, and during the summer they make a pact to lose their virginity. When news of their increasingly bold behavior reaches their respective families, fingers are pointed in every direction for their socially and religiously embarrassing activities.

A Summer in La Goulette is a coming-of-age tale based on Boughedir’s own childhood memories, a charming tale of sexual awakening and multi-cultural misunderstanding that also includes a special appearance by screen legend, and Tunis’ own, Claudia Cardinale!

Shot in the warm amber glow of nostalgia, it beautifully captures the end of innocence.

Wiggle Pop! (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: April 16, 2019
DVD SRP: $14.95

Kids | 72 min | NR | Color

Director: Anthony Field
Starring: Anthony Field, Lachy Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins

Synopsis: Put Wiggle Pop! on and the dancing fun is non-stop!

Wiggle Pop! is The Wiggles’ entertaining and child-friendly tribute to some of their favorite Pop, Country and Folk artists over the years!

With brand new songs written to inspire dance, singing, story-telling and listening, Wiggle Pop! is one for the whole family to enjoy!

With nods to some iconic musicians as well as a duet with Australian music star Dan Sultan, Wiggle Pop! just may be The Wiggles’ catchiest and Wiggliest music collection for many years! Wiggle Pop! You Can’t stop! Put Wiggle Pop! on and the dancing fun is non-stop!

Brief Encounter (Scorpion Releasing, Blu-ray)

Blu-ray Street Date: April 16, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

1974 | Drama-Romance | 74 min | NR | Color

Director: Alan Bridges
Starring: Sophia Loren, Richard Burton, John Le Mesurier, Jack Hedley, Rosemary Leach, Ann Firbank

Synopsis: A Scorpion Release! Screen legends Richard Burton (Where Eagles Dare, The Night of the Iguana, Becket) and Sophia Loren (Two Women, Blood Feud, Marriage Italian Style) headline this 1974 remake of the 1945 David Lean classic, based on a play by Noël Coward and starring Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson. A social worker (Loren) and a doctor (Burton) meet by chance in a railway station, but are almost instantly captivated by each other, although they are each already married. The pair soon develop a connection that evolves into an unexpected love. Alan Bridges (The Hireling, Out of Season) directed this Carol Ponti (Doctor Zhivago, Blow-Up) production and bittersweet drama about muted romance. The wonderful supporting cast include the great character actor John Le Mesurier (The Italian Job, Salt and Pepper).

The Informer (Kino Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)
Blu-ray & DVD Street Date: April 23, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

1929 | Drama | 99 min | NR | B&W

Director: Arthur Robison
Starring: Lya De Putti, Lars Hanson, Warwick Ward

Synopsis: The Informer (1929) is one of the finest British films of the 1920s and deserves a place alongside other silent greats such as A Cottage on Dartmoor (1929). Based on Liam O’Flaherty’s popular Irish novel (which John Ford famously adapted in 1935), this gripping thriller is set among a group of revolutionaries in the newly independent Ireland of 1922. When one of their number kills the chief of police, he goes on the run. But when he returns to Dublin he is cruelly betrayed by his onetime friend Gypo, who then has to battle his old friends as well as his own mounting guilt.

Kino Classics is proud to present this restoration by the BFI National Archive, along with a score from acclaimed violist and composer Garth Knox. This disc also includes the rare sound version, which was produced at the same time as the more widely known silent release.


Underground (Kino Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)

Blu-ray & DVD Street Date: April 23, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

1928 | Drama-Romance | 93 min | NR | B&W

Director: Anthony Asquith
Starring: Brian Aherne, Elissa Landi, Cyril McLaglen

Synopsis: Introduced as a “story of ordinary workaday people,” Anthony Asquith’s Underground (1928) masterfully balances the light and dark sides of city life to evoke the daily existence of the average Londoner better than any other film from Britain’s silent canon. It tells the story of an electrician (Cyril McLaglen) and an underground porter (Brian Aherne) who both fall in love with the same shop girl (Elissa Landi). Asquith (A Cottage on Dartmoor, Shooting Stars) is one of the supreme stylists of the British silent cinema, and Underground is a grand display of his expressionistic talents.

Kino Classics is proud to present this sparkling restoration from the BFI National Archive, bringing this charming underground subway romance back into the light.


Shooting Stars (Kino Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)
Blu-ray & DVD Street Date: April 23, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

1928 | Drama-Romance | 93 min | NR | B&W

Director: Anthony Asquith
Starring: Annette Benson, Brian Aherne, Donald Calthrop

Synopsis: A must-see for all silent cinema fans, Shooting Stars (1928) is a brilliant and assured debut from Anthony Asquith (the on-screen credit goes to A.V. Bramble), and offers a fascinating insight into the workings of a 1920s London film studio.

Boasting a boldly Expressionist shooting style, dramatic lighting and great performances from its leads (Annette Benson, Brian Aherne and Donald Calthrop), Shooting Stars is a sophisticated, modern morality tale, while also offering an affectionate critique of the film industry and a celebration of its possibilities. It teases the audience with its revelations of how the illusions of the world of filmmaking conceal irony and hidden truths.

Kino Classics is proud to present this new restoration by the BFI National Archive, which is accompanied by a dazzling new score by John Altman.


The Dr. Andrew Weil Collection (Kino Lorber, DVD)

DVD Street Date: April 30, 2019
DVD SRP: $34.95

1996-2007 | Documentary | 400 min | NR | Color

Director: Tony Greco
Featuring: Dr. Andrew Weil

Synopsis: The Dr. Andrew Weil Collection gathers five of Dr. Weil’s landmark programs on health and nutrition in one essential DVD set. For decades Dr. Weil has been one of integrative medicine’s most authoritative voices, and these shows are pivotal to learning his approach to healthy living. You will hear about his eight-week program to maximize the potential of your mind and body (8 Weeks to Optimum Health), how to discover and enhance your body’s natural ability to maintain and heal itself (Spontaneous Healing), how to make the best dietary choices (Eating Well for Optimum Health), tips for growing old gracefully (Dr. Andrew Weil’s Healthy Aging), and what makes up an ideal diet for long-term health (Dr. Andrew Weil’s Guide to Eating Well). Plus there is a new interview with Dr. Weil reflecting on his legacy.

DISC 1: 8 Weeks to Optimum Health (1996, 68 minutes)
Spontaneous Healing (1996, 75 minutes) Eating Well for Optimum Health
(2000, 81 minutes)

DISC 2: Dr. Andrew Weil’s Healthy Aging (2006, 76 minutes)
Dr. Andrew Weil’s Guide to Eating Well
(2007, 59 minutes)

Special Features: * Breathing Exercise * Ethical Will * Labyrinth
* Q&As for Dr. Andrew Weil’s Healthy Aging and Dr. Andrew Weil’s Guide to Eating Well
* Archival interview with Dr. Andrew Weil
* NEW interview with Dr. Andrew Weil * Trailers

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