“A grey, horribly-beautiful vision of Hell.” – Simon Foster, SBS.
Now called Tasmania, Van Diemen’s Land was originally a feared and dreaded penal settlement, a final stop at the edge of the world for those convicts unwanted by the British Empire. In 1822, eight convicts escaped the brutal Macquarie Harbour penal station and were forced into the brutal Tasmanian wilderness when their plan went awry. With little food and equipment, these Irish, English, and Scottish fugitives battled harsh conditions and aching hunger in a merciless and unforgiving land – a land where God wields an axe. Director Jonathan auf der Heide and actor Oscar Redding create a grimly poetic retelling of Alexander Pearce’s infamous escape from Macquarie Harbour and the unthinkable acts he committed during his 113 days at large.
Audio commentary with director and co-writer Jonathan auf der Heide, co-writer and lead actor Oscar Redding, and cinematographer Ellery Ryan
Octave Parango (Jean Dujardin) is the master of his world. His job: copywriter at the acclaimed ad agency Ross & Witchcraft. His motto: “Man is a product like any other.” He has all he desires – drugs, women, luxury – but when Octave ruins a meaningful romance with a beautiful and caring co-worker, he becomes disgusted with himself, his easy-going lifestyle, and the system he helped create, causing him to rebel and sabotage his biggest advertising campaign. Jean Dejardin (The Connection) tears down the dishonest and hypocritical world of corporate advertising in this blackly comic tale of self-destruction. Inspired by Frédéric Beigbeder’s best-selling novel, Jan Kounen directs this comedy “bursting with ideas from start to finish!” (Le Parisien).
Audio commentary with director Jan Kounen
Audio commentary with Kounen, writer Frédéric Beigbeder, and actor Jean Dujardin
Prince goes sub-Saharan in this colorful homage to Purple Rain. Resplendent in a purple robe and matching motorcycle, smoking hot guitarist Mdou Moctar arrives in a music-mad Niger town of Agadez and sets about wooing a local beauty, clashing with his pious father, and fencing with the jealous king of the local scene (Kader Tanoutanoute, as wily and dapper as Morris day) until their climactic six-string duel. Set among the Tuareg people and reputedly the first feature film in their Tamasheq language (which has no word for “purple”), self-proclaimed “guerrilla ethnomusicologist” and first-time director Christopher Kirkley playfully borrows from rock-u-drama classics like Purple Rain and The Harder They Come to present this universal story of a musician’s struggle and provide a window into the guitar-based musical culture specific to the Sahel region of Africa.
Audio commentary with director Christopher Kirkley and producer Jerome Fino
New interview with star Mdou Moctar
The Making of Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It, featuring behind the scenes footage and performances from the film’s production
“It’s bloody well brilliant.” – Todd Brown, TWITCH FILM.
“The world will never be the same.” – Peter Debruge, VARIETY.
After his partner is killed in the line of duty, Miami Police Department detective and martial artist Kung Fury time travels from the 1980s to World War II to kill rival kung fu master, Adolf Hitler (a.k.a. “Kung Führer”), only to be sent back to the Viking Age where he must face powerful warrior women and Norse Gods. This ’80s inspired, action extravaganza pits Kung Fury against lethal arcade robots, martial arts masters, laser-dinosaurs, and Nazi mutants. With only his biceps, his skateboard skills, a collection of similarly badass heroes, and a mere 30-minutes to save history, Kung Fury kicks and quips his way to victory. Constrained by a miniscule budget, David Sandberg’s Kung Fury was shot on green screen to construct a fanciful trailer of epic, B-movie awesomeness that became an internet sensation and inspired a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. The result is an homage to 1980s adventure films and side-scrolling video game battles, complete with astounding visual effects and a shredding electropop synth score. A darling of the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, Kung Fury now hits hard media with the mighty force of Thor’s enchanted hammer!
Audio commentary with writer, director, and star David Sandberg
“He said he was going to cut off his finger if I didn’t make his film.” – producer Menahem Golan.
“Terrific. Completely original from beginning to end.” – Roger Ebert, SISKEL & EBERT.
American poet and novelist extraordinaire Charles Bukowski drew upon his own life to script this story that tickles and jabs the social underbelly of booze, bars and brave madness. Downtrodden writer Henry (Mickey Rourke) and distressed goddess Wanda (Faye Dunaway) may be wedded to their bar stools, but they like each other’s company and that says a lot, but when a young publisher smitten with Henry’s outsider mystique appears, Henry must choose between life as a literary lion or a freewheeling alley cat. Barbet Schroeder directs this “classic one-of-a-kind comedy” (Vincent Canby, The New York Times), offering a giddy, whisky-soaked vision of life on the skids and the proud individuals who refuse society’s demands.
Audio commentary with director Barbet Schroeder
A new interview with Schroeder, producer Tom Luddy, and former Cannon Films co-owner Yoram Globus
“I Drink, I Gamble, I Write …”, a featurette on writer Charles Bukowski and the making of Barfly
The Charles Bukowski Tapes, Schroeder’s 240-minute assembly of interviews with Bukowski
Bukowski, Taylor Hackford’s 60-minute documentary for PBS