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Women without Men

Women without Men

“…a powerful and disturbing drama about self-empowerment that transcends borders. Highly recommended” – Video Librarian

Women Without Men, an adaptation of Shahrnush Parsipur’s magic realist novel of the same name, is Iranian artist Shirin Neshat‘s first feature length film.

The story chronicles the intertwining lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953; a cataclysmic moment in Iranian history when an American led, British backed coup d’état brought down the democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadegh, and reinstalled the Shah to power.

Over the course of several days, four disparate women from Iranian society are brought together against the backdrop of political and social turmoil. Fakhri, a middle aged woman trapped in a loveless marriage must contend with her feelings for an old flame who has just returned from America and walked back into her life. Zarin, a young prostitute, tries to escape the devastating realization that she can no longer see the faces of men. Munis, a politically awakened young woman, must resist the seclusion imposed on her by her religiously traditional brother, while her friend Faezeh remains oblivious to the turmoil in the streets and longs only to marry Munis’ domineering brother.

As the political turmoil swells in the streets of Tehran, each woman seeks to be liberated from her predicament. Munis becomes an active part of the political struggle by following a young communist who she believes can restore her faith in the world. Fakhri frees herself from the chains of her stagnant marriage by leaving her husband and purchasing a mystical orchard in the outskirts of the city. Faezeh is taken to the orchard by Munis to face her own awakened self after her innocence is stolen, while Zarin attempts to find solace in her newfound communion with the land. But it is only a matter of time before the world outside the walls of the orchard seep into the lives of these four women as their country’s history takes a tragic turn.

The Winner of the Silver Lion Award, Venice International Film Festival, Women without Men has played in some of the most prestigious festivals in the world including The Rotterdam International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival ,London Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Vienna International Film Festival and more.

99 minutes / Persian Modern w/ English sub-titles / Widescreen

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Park Bench, The

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A high-strung tutor and her Hispanic student strike romantic sparks during a series of English lit lessons on a park bench.

The multi-award winning The Park Bench is an unconventional comedy romance starring Walter Perez (The Avengers, Friday Night Lights) and Nicole Hayden (Mad Men, Grey’s Anatomy) about two opposites who share their inner lives through the books they read.

When Emily, a neurotic librarian-to-be, is assigned to Mateo, a struggling undergrad, in American Lit, they do not get along. But when the discussion turns from classics to confessions, they reveal secrets that could change their lives forever. Once they’ve revealed their deepest feelings and secrets, they’re forced to make an important choice about their future.

Utilizing a colorful and whimsical blend of animation with live action, The Park Bench reveals how stories shape our lives.

“A sweet tale with a smart storytelling device and charming performers!” – Los Angeles Times

Winner – Best Feature, LA Femme International Film Festival 2015

Winner – Best Feature Debut, Toronto Female Eye Film Festival 2015

Winner – Best Feature, Queens World Film Festival 2015 – Awards

“The script plays like something by an English major overstuffed with knowledge of lit but whose real-life experience is drawn largely from movies. Great cinematography” – The Village Voice

Produced and directed by Ann Leschander / 77 minutes on 1 disc / 2015

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Aria (1987)

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“Attempts to translate opera into film date back to the birth of cinema and run into the thousands: Aria, [originally] released in 1987, should rank as one of the most flamboyantly original and provocative.” – Telegraph

“Ten directors work magic!” — Critics Choice, Time Magazine

Imagine that ten of the world’s most well-known highly regarded filmmakers were given a free hand to make real any vision. Aria is that history-making film.

Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival

Sexy, violent, thought-provoking and funny, here is the movie critics raved about, audiences flocked to see, and no one could stop talking about.

Includes Bridget Fonda’s electrifying film debut, a revealing and breathtaking performance from Elizabeth Hurley, and Theresa Russell as the trigger-happy King Zog of Albania.

10 world class directors including: Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Nicolas Roegv, Charles Sturridge, Julien Temple, Bruce Beresford, Franc Roddam, Ken Russell, Derek Jarman, and Bill aria-pic-1Bryden

Key cast: Bridget Fonda, Theresa Russell, Tilda Swinton, Elizabeth Hurley, John Hurt, Buck Henry, Beverly D’Angelo

DVD special features include a stills gallery featuring the work of world-class photographers for each segment
of the film, including Annie Leibovitz, Lord Snowdon, David Bailey and John Swannell.

“Inspired, no doubt, by the success of MTV and the music video form, the producers of ‘Aria’ decided to take cutting edge directors and have them create short, music video type films inspired by music from grand opera. The results were wildly uneven, but nevertheless enjoyable in this one of a kind ensemble film – sort of a live action R rated ‘Fantasia’.” – EFilmCritic

“While opera is often dismissed as too highbrow for ordinary folk, Aria proves that it can be made accessible and reinterpreted in a variety of ways that lends the art form a new vitality. Essentially, this picture presents ten arias or selections from operas, and ten noted directors make short films interpreting or dramatizing the music. The results are sensuous, funny and even startling at times. ” – Digitally aria-pic-2Obsessed

“Required viewing for anybody interested in purely visceral cinema that is enriched by beautiful music.” – 10k Bullets 

“Anyone with an interest in European cinema or just bizarre films should find this well worth a look” – Mondo Digital 

SUMMARY OVERVIEW

Un ballo in maschera

A fictionalised account of a 1931 assassination attempt on King Zog I of Albania, notable for his shooting back at his would-be assassins and surviving. (In the actual attempt, King Zog was leaving a performance of Pagliacci.)

Music composed by Giuseppe Verdi

Extracts: Prelude, “Re dell’ abisso”, “Di che fulgor che musiche”, “La rivedra nell’estasi”, “Ebben si t’amo”, “Mezza notte”, “O giustizia del fato”

Sung by Leontyne Price, Carlo Bergonzi, Robert Merrill, Shirley Verrett, Reri Grist; conducted by Erich Leinsdorf

Directed by Nicolas Roeg

Starring Theresa Russell

Running time: 14 minutes

“La vergine degli angeli” from La forza del destino

Two London teenage girls and a young boy steal a car.

Music composed by Giuseppe Verdi

Sung by Leontyne Price; conducted by Thomas Schippers

Directed by Charles Sturridge

Starring Nicola Swain, Jackson Kyle, Marianne McLaughlin

Running time: 5 minutes

Armide

Two young women try to attract the attention of oblivious bodybuilders, eventually stripping off.

Music composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully

Extracts: “Ah! Si la liberté me doit être l’Amour”, “Enfin, il est en ma puissance”, “Venez,venez, Haine implacable”

Libretto by Philippe Quinault

Performed by Rachel Yakar, Zeger Vandersteene (nl), Danielle Borst; conducted by Philippe Herreweghe

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Starring Valérie Allain

Running time: 11 minutes

Rigoletto

A bedroom farce set in San Luis Obispo’s famous Madonna Inn, in which a movie producer cheats on his wife unaware that she, too, is there with a clandestine lover of her own.

Music by Giuseppe Verdi

Extracts: “Questa o quella”, “Gualtier Maldè… caro nome”, “La donna è mobile”, “Addio, addio”

Sung by Robert Merrill, Anna Moffo, Alfredo Kraus; conducted by Georg Solti

Directed by Julien Temple

Written by Charlie Coffey

Starring Buck Henry and Beverly D’Angelo

Running time: 14 minutes

“Glück, das mir verblieb” from Die tote Stadt

A look at the seemingly-dead city of Bruges, Belgium. Scenic footage of the empty streets and cemeteries is intercut with a duet of two lovers, providing counter-point to the dead city.

Music composed by Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Sung by Carol Neblett and René Kollo; conducted by Erich Leinsdorf

Directed by Bruce Beresford

Starring Elizabeth Hurley and Peter Birch

Running time: 5 minutes

Abaris ou les Boréades

A re-creation of opening night at Paris’s Théâtre Le Ranelagh (fr) in 1734. The audience is filled with a raffish assortment of inmates from an asylum.

Music composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau

Libretto by Louis de Cahusac

Extracts: Entr’acte – “Suite des vents”, “Nuit redoutable! … Lieu désolé”, “Jouissons, jouissons! Jouissons de nos beaux ans”

Performed by Jean-Philippe Lafont, Philip Langridge, John Aler; conducted by John Eliot Gardiner

Directed by Robert Altman

Starring Julie Hagerty, Geneviève Page, Sandrine Dumas, Chris Campion

Running time: 7 minutes

“Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde

Two young lovers arrive in Las Vegas. After driving down Fremont Street, they check into a cheap hotel room where they unsuccessfully try to commit suicide following the consummation of their relationship.

Music composed by Richard Wagner

Sung by Leontyne Price; conducted by Henry Lewis

Directed by Franc Roddam

Starring Bridget Fonda in her first credited film role.

Running time: 7 minutes

“Nessun dorma” from Turandot

After a car crash, a lovely young girl imagines her body is being adorned by jewels mirroring her injuries, in a tribal ritual parallel to the procedures of the surgical team treating her, until she wakes up in the operating room after resuscitation.

Music composed by Giacomo Puccini

Sung by Jussi Björling; conducted by Erich Leinsdorf

Directed by Ken Russell

Starring Linzi Drew

Running time: 7 minutes

“Depuis le jour” from Louise

A veteran opera singer gives her final performance, intercut by 8mm home movies of an early love affair.

Music composed by Gustave Charpentier

Sung by Leontyne Price; conducted by Francesco Molinari-Pradelli

Directed by Derek Jarman

Starring Tilda Swinton

Running time: 6 minutes

“Vesti la giubba” from Pagliacci

A virtuoso remembers his career while arriving at an opera house, visiting the dressing room to put on his clown makeup, and performing the aria for his audience of one. (This story provides a vague framing narrative to link together the other segments.)

Music composed by Ruggero Leoncavallo

Sung by Enrico Caruso

Directed by Bill Bryden

Written by Bill Bryden and Don Boyd

Starring John Hurt and Sophie Ward

Running time: 4 minutes

Total run time 91 minutes on 1 disc / R-rated /

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Light and the Sufferer

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Based on the story by Jonathan Lethem, the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novelist.

Realism and fantasy collide in Jonathan Lethem’s genre-bending coming-of-age story, which follows two estranged brothers as they try to leave New York City for a new life in California only to find their plans–and lives–being forever changed by the appearance of a mysterious being.

“A near-exact translation of the Jonathan Lethem story on which it is based” – San Francisco Signal

We follow Paul (played by Paul Dano – Little Miss Sunshine, Love and Mercy) fresh from dropping out of college and living unhappily at home with his parents–as he arrives in New York City’s Washington Square Park in search of his younger brother Don, who was kicked out of their parents’ home a year earlier with neither Paul or their parents hearing from him since.

Realizing their lives are at a dead end and looking to forge a new future together, Paul suggests that the two hop a plane for California and “leave all the bullshit behind.” After a robbery intended to raise money for their trip goes awry, the brothers find themselves being pursued not only by the drug dealers they ripped off, but by a “sufferer”: a being that roams the city, trailing after people in trouble.

light-and-the-sufferer-pic-1The brothers’ interaction with this fantastical creature turns the story on its head with both humorous and heart-wrenching results.

What does the sufferer want and why is it following them? Has it come to help or hurt them? Is it a guardian angel or something sinister? Like a walking enigma that eludes the explanations of all who encounter it, the brothers’ immutable new “friend” offers no easy answers.

Directed by Christopher Peditto (Pictures of Baby Jane Doe).

Stars: Paul Dano, Michael Esper, Paz de la Heurta, Eugene Byrd, Anthony Bertram

70 minutes on 1 disc (2007)

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Light And The Sufferer – Paul Dano – Trailer from Lightyear Entertainment on Vimeo.

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