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Kino Lorber Announces its May 2020
Home Video Releases

In Search of Kundun
Prebook Date: 4/7/20
Street Date: 5/5/20

Label: Kino Lorber
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24685
DVD UPC: 738329246853
Genre: Documentary
Year: 1998
Rating: NR
Runtime: 86
Director: Michael Henry Wilson
Actors: Martin Scorsese, Dalai Lama, Melissa Mathison, Roger Deakins
Language: English

In Search of Kundun with Martin Scorsese is a deeply insightful film documenting the unique encounter of filmmaker Martin Scorsese (The Irishman, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver) with the Tibetan people and their spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama. Filmed in 1997, this emotional saga takes us from the set of Kundun in Morocco, where Scorsese recreates the vanishing Tibetan culture, to the foothills of the Himalayas in Dharamsala, India at the Dalai Lama’s residence-in-exile. His Holiness reminisces about his youth, the plight of Tibet, and offers a vision for the future. Director Michael Henry Wilson skillfully weaves together rare archival footage of Tibet with behind-the-scenes commentary by Martin Scorsese, screenwriter Melissa Mathison, cinematographer Roger Deakins, production designer Dante Ferretti and Tibetan cast members with no previous acting experience who convey poignant real life perspectives on an epic journey.

Bonus Features: Archival interview with the Dalai Lama | The Oracle of Tibet | Archival interview with director Michael Henry Wilson by John Halpern (courtesy of MDS Films, NYC) | Trailer | Optional English and French subtitles

Road to Mother

Prebook Date: 4/7/20
Street Date: 5/5/20

Label: Kino Lorber
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24693
DVD UPC: 738329246938
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24694
BD UPC: 738329246945
Genre: Drama
Year: 2016
Rating: NR
Runtime: 135
Director: Akan Satayev
Actors: Altynai Nogerbek, Adil Akhmetov, Aruzhan Dzhazilbekova
Language: Kazakh

Spanning nearly nine decades from the 1930s to the present, The Road to Mother is a sweeping yet personal epic that follows several generations of a Kazakh family that is determined to stay united through war, famine, collectivization, and separation. Focusing on a young man who is torn away from his mother by upheaval of war, he is forced to endure harrowing experiences from childhood into adulthood without her to protect him. Kazakhstan’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards®, The Road to Mother is ultimately a stirring drama about the power of maternal love. War drives them apart but love is destined to reunite them.

Bonus Features: The Making Of The Road to Mother | Trailers

Thousand Pieces of Gold
Prebook Date: 4/28/20
Street Date: 5/26/20

Label: Kino Lorber
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24712
DVD UPC: 738329247126
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24713
BD UPC: 738329247133
Genre: Drama
Year: 1990
Rating: NR
Runtime: 106
Director: Nancy Kelly
Actors: Rosalind Chao, Chris Cooper, Will Oldham, Michael Paul Chan, Dennis Dun
Language: English and Mandarin with English subtitles

Set in a mining town in the 1880s, Thousand Pieces of Gold tells the real-life story of Lalu (Rosalind Chao, The Laundromat, The Joy Luck Club), a young Chinese woman whose desperately poor parents sell her into slavery. She is trafficked to a nefarious saloonkeeper in Idaho’s gold country. Eventually Charlie, a man of a different ilk, played by Chris Cooper (Adaptation, American Beauty), wins her in a poker game and slowly gains her trust. Way ahead of its time, the film resonates even more powerfully in the #MeToo era. But director Nancy Kelly became a victim of prejudice against women directors within the American film industry and was never offered another movie to direct in spite of extraordinary reviews, some of which compared her talent to that of John Ford. Based on the classic novel by Ruthanne Lum McCunn, and written for the screen by award winning filmmaker Anne Makepeace (Tribal Justice), Thousand Pieces of Gold is a breathtaking feminist Western just waiting to be rediscovered, and is presented here in a new 4K restorabon.

Bonus Features: Radio interview with director Nancy Kelly (courtesy of Chinamerica Radio) | Audio commentary with Nancy Kelly and producer Kenji Yamamoto | Trailer

Marihuana / Narcotic

(Forbidden Fruit Vol. 4)
Prebook Date: 4/7/20
Street Date: 5/5/20

Label: Kino Lorber
DVD SRP: 29.95
DVD Item #: K24687
DVD UPC: 738329246877
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2019
Rating: NR
Runtime: 73
Director: Dwain Esper
Actors: Harley Woods, Patrick Caryle, Harry Cording, Joan Dix, J. Stuart Blackton Jr.
Language: English

Dwain Esper was not only one of the most notorious figures of the exploitation genre (due to his ruthless business practices) he was also its greatest stylist. With an utter disregard for the laws of cinematic convention, his low-budget films verge on the avant-garde as they breathlessly wallow in every conceivable moral vice-all in the name of public education, of course. Marihuana follows the downward trajectory of a bright high school girl (Harley Woods) who dabbles in cannabis and becomes a hardened, heroin-addicted criminal, who inadvertently kidnaps her own child (whom she had given up for adoption). Inspired by a true story, Narcotic is the story of an idealistic physician (Harry Cording) whose personal journey leads him through opium dens, carnival tents, sex-crazed drug parties, skid-row brothels, and eventually the halls of madness.

Bonus Features: Audio commentary for Marihuana by Bret Wood, co-author of Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Film; audio commentary by producer David F. Friedman and Something Weird founder Mike Vraney (2000); audio commentary for Narcotic by Bret Wood; theatrical trailers; two versions of Dwain Esper’s How to Undress (in Front of Your Husband); Dwain Esper’s How to Take a Bath, trailer and fragments of Dwain Esper’s lost film The Seventh Commandment (1932)

Tomorrow’s Children / Child Bride (Forbidden Fruit Vol. 5)
Prebook Date: 4/7/20
Street Date: 5/5/20

Label: Kino Classics
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24620
BD UPC: 738329246914
Genre: Documentary
Year: 1934 – 1938
Rating: NR
Runtime: 55/62
Director: Crane Wilbur / Harry J. Revier
Actors: Diane Sinclair, Carlyle Moore Jr., Sterling Holloway, Shirley Mills, Bob Bollinger
Language: English
Black & White

Exploitation films of the 1930s didn’t only warn citizens of the dangers of drugs and venereal disease. The genre brazenly confronted on a wide array of distasteful issues, as evidenced in this double feature of two of the most bizarre entries in the exploitation canon. Tomorrow’s Children is an exposé of eugenics, in which a young woman (Diane Sinclair) from a family of genetic degenerates is ordered by the court to be sterilized. Notorious even by today’s standards, Child Bride follows a crusading schoolteacher (Diana Durrell) as she tries to halt the practice of child marriage in a backwoods community, before it claims another innocent victim (Shirley Mills).

SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio commentary for Tomorrow’s Children by Eric Schaefer, author of Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!: A History of Exploitation Films; audio commentary for Child Bride by film historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; trailer gallery

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel
Prebook Date: 4/7/20
Street Date: 5/5/20

Label: Menemsha Films
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: M140
DVD UPC: 738329246884
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: B140
BD UPC: 738329246891
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2018
Rating: NR
Runtime: 86
Director: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger
Actors: Ike Davis, Josh Zeid, Ryan Lavarnway, Sam Fuld, Jason Marquis, Danny Valencia
Language: English

A team of nice Jewish baseball players takes on the world. Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel is the David-and-Goliath story of Israel’s national baseball team as it competes for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of crushing defeats, Israel finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017. Its roster includes many Jewish-American major leaguers, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, barely any ever having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from the Holy Land where they are hailed as modern-day Maccabees to the tournament in South Korea where they must debunk their reputations as has-beens and wannabes. The connection to Israel that the players forge pushes them to unexpected heights as they represent the country on the world stage.

Bonus Features: Trailers

Shoelaces

Prebook Date: 4/14/20
Street Date: 5/12/20

Label: Menemsha Films
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: M138
DVD UPC: 738329246952
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: B138
BD UPC: 738329246969
Genre: Drama
Year: 2018
Rating: NR
Runtime: 103
Director: Jacob Goldwasser
Actors: Dov Glickman, Nevo Kimchi
Language: Hebrew with English subKtles

Shoelaces tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son. Reuben’s (Dov Glickman) kidneys are failing and his son Gadi (Nevo Kimchi) wants to donate one of his own kidneys to help save his father’s life. However, the transplant committee objects to the procedure claiming that Reuben, acting as Gadi’s sole legal guardian, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Gadi, who recently lost his mother, is afraid of losing his father as well and sets out to fight for his right to save his father’s life. Through its portrayal of a relationship full of love, rejection and co-dependency, Shoelaces questions the importance of human connection and if life is even possible without it.

Bonus Features: Trailers

The Mover
Prebook Date: 4/21/20
Street Date: 5/19/20

Label: Menemsha Films
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: M139
DVD UPC: 738329246976
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: B139
BD UPC: 738329246983
Genre: Drama
Year: 2018
Rating: NR
Runtime: 88
Director: Davis Simanis
Actors: Arturs Skrastins, Ilze Blauberga, Matiss Kipluks, Mihails Karasik, Toms Treinis
Language: Latvian with English subtitles

This award-winning Latvian feature film offers a gripping account of Zanis Lipke, a blue-collar worker honoured as one of the ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ for his heroic deeds during the war. Despite his family’s hardship under successive Soviet and German occupations, Lipke embarked on a covert operation to save local Jews from Nazi persecution and certain death, moving them from the Riga ghetto to an underground bunker hidden on his property. From the start, filmmaker Davis Simanis creates a powerfully ominous and suspenseful atmosphere, positioning the viewer, like Lipke, as a reluctant eyewitness to unfolding horrors.

Bonus Features: Trailers

Redemption

Prebook Date: 4/28/20
Street Date: 5/26/20

Label: Menemsha Films
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: M137
DVD UPC: 738329247041
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: B137
BD UPC: 738329247058
Genre: Drama
Year: 2018
Rating: NR
Runtime: 104
Director: Joseph Madmony and Boaz Yehonatan Yacov
Actors: Moshe Folkenflik, Emily Granin
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles

Menachem, a former frontman for a rock band, is now religious, and a father to a six year old. When his daughter is diagnosed with cancer, he must find a creative solution to fund the extensive treatments. He reunites his band for one last tour. The journey to save his daughter exposes old wounds and allows him to reconnect with his secular past. Menachem understands that only a new connection to his pas and to his music can pave the road to his own redemption.

Bonus Features: Trailers

The Competition
Prebook Date: 4/21/20
Street Date: 5/19/20

Label: Metrograph Pictures
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24596
DVD UPC: 738329246921
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2016
Rating: NR
Runtime: 126
Director: Claire Simon
Actors: Alain Bergala, Emilie Deleuze, Xanae Bove, Emmanuel Chaumet
Language: French with English subtitles

The Competition begins, significantly, with the image of a locked gate-that of La Fémis, one of the most prestigious film schools in the world, offering hands-on training from working professionals and accepting only forty students per year from hundreds of applicants. This Frederick Wiseman-esque documentary from Claire Simon, one of France’s premiere nonfiction filmmakers, observes the process whereby those lucky forty are selected-a process which is revealed to be highly personal, idiosyncratic, and subject to the vagaries of taste and personal prejudice. Funny, penetrating, and surprisingly suspenseful, The Competition offers not only a unique opportunity to see the inner workings of an institution at the very heart of the French film industry, but an invitation to look at the assumptions and roadblocks that shape any national film industry, and higher education in general.

Bonus Features: In Memory of Marc Nicolas: Tribute to the former head of La Femis | Theatrical trailer

The Raft

Prebook Date: 4/21/20
Street Date: 5/19/20

Label: Metrograph Pictures
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24596
DVD UPC: 738329246921
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2018
Rating: NR
Runtime: 102
Director: Marcus Lindeen
Actors: Santiago Genoves, Fe Seymour, Maria Bjornstam, Servane Zanotti
Language: Mutliple with English subtitles

In the summer of 1973, a young international crew of six women and five men embarked together on a most unusual sea voyage-a close-quarters trip across the Atlantic from Spain to Mexico on a free-floating raft christened the Acali, initiated by Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés, who proposed to use the group as guinea pigs in his investigation of the origins of violent conflict and dynamics of sexual attraction. Contentious from the get-go, incorrectly labeled by the media as ‘The Sex Raft,’ the Acali mission stayed afloat for 101 days-and now, more than forty years later, the surviving crew members reunite to reenact and recollect their experience, additionally illustrated with extensive 16mm archival footage from the voyage. What results is a document of the thin line between science and cultism in the early ’70s, a touching story of female camaraderie and, in the character of Genovés, an unforgettable portrait of oblivious, toxic masculinity.

Bonus Features: Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery | Trailers | Booklet essay by director Marcus Lindeen (courtesy of Talkhouse)

Hyenas
Prebook Date: 4/28/20
Street Date: 5/26/20

Label: Metrograph Pictures
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24605
DVD UPC: 738329246051
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24606
BD UPC: 738329246068
Genre: Drama
Year: 1992
Rating: NR
Runtime: 110
Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty
Actors: Ami Diakhate, Mansour Diouf, Faly Gueye, Omar Ba
Language: Wolof with English subtitles

One of the treasures of African cinema, Senegalese master Djibril Diop Mambéty’s long-delayed follow-up to his canonical Touki Bouki (1973) is a hallucinatory comic adaptation of Swiss avant-garde writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play The Visit, which in Mambéty’s imagining follows a now-rich woman returning to her poor desert hometown to propose a deal to the populace: her fortune, in exchange for the death of the man who years earlier abandoned her and left her with his child. Per its title, Hyenas is a film of sinister, mocking laughter, and a biting satire of a contemporary Senegal whose post-colonial dreams are faced with erosion by western materialism. New 2K Restoration. Restored in 2018 by Thelma Film AG with the support of Cinémathèque suisse, at Eclair Cinema, from the original negative.

Audio commentary by film scholar Boukary Sawadogo, Ph.D. | Trailers

Duet For Cannibals

Prebook Date: 4/28/20
Street Date: 5/26/20

Label: Metrograph Pictures
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24602
DVD UPC: 738329246020
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #:K24603
BD UPC: 738329246037
Genre: Drama
Year: 1969
Rating: NR
Runtime: 110
Director: Susan Sontag
Actors: Adriana Asti, Lars Ekborg, Gosta Ekman, Brita Brunius
Language: Swedish with English subtitles

Essayist, novelist, critic, cinephile, and all-around intellectual dynamo Susan Sontag made her directorial debut with this definition-defying, dryly funny psychological serio-comedy, the result of a Swedish studio’s invitation to her to make a film in Stockholm. The result, revolving around the quadrangular relationship between an arrogant ex-revolutionist German intellectual exile, his elegant wife, their Swedish student secretary, and the earnest secretary’s bride-to-be, is a roundelay of partner-swapping that gradually drifts towards uncharted territory, gamesmanship that broaches the surreal and violent. Defying literal-minded interpretation, Duet for Cannibals is both an illustrative companion to Sontag’s criticism and the introduction of a startlingly original filmmaker.

Bonus Features: Audio commentary by artist and writer Wayne Koestenbaum | Booklet essay by film critic Adam Nayman | Interview with Agnès Varda and Susan Sontag (1969) | Trailers

The Times of Bill Cunningham
Prebook Date: 4/14/20
Street Date: 5/12/20

Label: Greenwich Entertainment
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24692
DVD UPC: 738329246921
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2020
Rating: NR
Runtime: 75
Director: Mark Bozek
Actors: Bill Cunningham
Language: English

Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, The Times of Bill Cunningham features incredible photographs chosen from over 3 million previously unpublicized images and documents from iconic street photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham. Told in Cunningham’s own words from a recently unearthed 1994 interview, the photographer chronicles, in his customarily cheerful and plainspoken manner, moonlighting as a milliner in France during the Korean War, his unique relationship with First Lady Jackie Kennedy, his four decades at The New York Times and his democratic view of fashion and society.

Bonus Features: Trailers

Incitement

Prebook Date: 4/28/20
Street Date: 5/26/20

Label: Greenwich Entertainment
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24601
DVD UPC: 738329246013
Genre: Drama
Year: 2019
Rating: NR
Runtime: 123
Director: Yaron Zilberman
Actors: Yahuda Nahari Halevi, Amitay Yaish Ben Ousillio, Anat Ravnitzki
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles

In September 1993, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin announces the Oslo Accords, which aim to achieve a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians after decades of
violence. Yigal Amir (Yehuda Nahari Halevi), a law student and a devoted Orthodox Jew, cannot believe that his country’s leader will cede territory that he and many others believe is rightfully – by the word of God – theirs. As the prospect of a peaceful compromise approaches, Amir turns from a hot-headed political activist to a dangerous extremist. Consumed by anger and delusions of grandeur, he recruits fighters and steals weapons to form an underground militia intent on killing Palestinians. After his long[me girlfriend leaves him, Amir becomes even more isolated, disillusioned, and bitter. He soon learns of an ancient Jewish law, the Law of the Pursuer, that he believes gives him the right to murder Yitzhak Rabin. Convinced he must stop the signing of the peace treaty in order to fulfill his destiny and bring salvation to his people, Amir’s warped mind sees only one way forward. Incitement was the Best Picture winner at the Ophir Awards and Israel’s submission for Best International Feature Film at the 2020 Academy Awards®.

Bonus Features: Trailers

Shadow Play
Prebook Date: 4/14/20
Street Date: 5/12/20

Label: Scorpion
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: K24717
DVD UPC: 738329247171
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24718
BD UPC: 738329247188
Genre: Thriller
Year: 1986
Rating: R
Runtime: 97
Director: Susan Shadburne
Actors: Dee Wallace-Stone, Cloris Leachman, Ron Kuhlman, Barry Laws, Al Strobel, Glen Baggerly
Language: English

An erotic supernatural thriller about a playwright (Dee Wallace-Stone; E.T., The Howling, Cujo) who is staying with the mother (Cloris Leachman, Academy Award winner The Last Picture Show, High Anxiety, Crazy Mama) of her fiancé on a remote island, and is then haunted by her fiance’s spirit who is believed to have committed suicide. Now see this acclaimed thriller in a brand new 2K scan of the original IP.

Bonus Features: Brand New 2K Master | New On-Camera Interview with Star Dee Wallace-Stone | Stills Gallery | Optional English Subtitles | Theatrical Trailer

Pretty Smart

Prebook Date: 4/21/20
Street Date: 5/19/20

Label: Scorpion
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item#: K24719
DVD UPC: 738329247195
BD SRP: 29.95
BD Item #: K24720
BD UPC: 738329247201
Genre: Comedy
Year: 1987
Rating: R
Runtime: 93
Director: Dimitri Logothetis
Actors: Patricia Arquette, Tricia Leigh Fisher, Dennis Cole, Joely Fisher, Lisa Lorient
Language: English

A young woman (Tricia Leigh Fisher, Stick, CHUD 2, who also sings the title song of this movie) is forced to attend a posh finishing school in the Mediterranean. She vents her anger by rebelling against the cruel and sicko headmaster. When she
discovers that he has been taking pictures of the students behind their backs, she teams up with the girls (including Patricia Arquette; True Romance Stigmata, Trouble Bound) to rebel against him. Co-starring Joely Fisher (TVs Ellen, Till Death, Inspector Gadget) and Dennis Cole (TVs Felony Squad, Brackens World), now watch this comedy from a brand new 2020 2K scan of the original IP!

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