Tuesday, March 6, 2007

This Just In: DVD Releases

This 2006 German hit stormed the film festival circuit competing in at Berlinale, Seattle and Toronto. Actress Sandra Hüller won a Silver Bear in Berlin, director Hans-Christian Schmid won a critics prize at FIPRESCI and Hüller won best actress at the Bavarian Film Awards.

The film, set in the 1970s, tells the true story of a sheltered Catholic girl who breaks free to attend college only to have her epilepsy lead to an exorcism.

Al Otro Lado (2004), Latin America
These three stories of the bonds between children and their absent parents are directed by Gusavo Loza. In one story, a Mexican boy disobeys his father and visits a strange lagoon.

El de la Camisa Negra (2006), Mexico
Three brothers return to their hometown seeking revenge following the murder of their parents and face the town's new sherrif. The action flick is directed by Arturo Martinez.

Lagrimas de Cristal (2006), Mexico
This love triangle film, directed by Carlos Valdemar, is about a poor man who falls in love with an older, married woman. The husband loses a great debt and the wife creates a plan to help all three.

Strange Circus (2005), Japan
This fantasy shocker, directed by Sion Sono, is sexually charged and features a suicidal teen who witnesses many shocking sexual situations. Later her tale may simply be the basis for a novel written by a wheelchair-bound author.

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