“THE LONELY HEARTS KILLERS” RE-IMAGINED IN DARKLY GRIPPING THRILLER FROM BELGIAN HORROR MAVERICK FABRICE DU WELZ
Based on notorious real-life “Lonely Hearts Killers” who make victims of their romantic liaisons, ALLELUIA is a chilling anti-love story from acclaimed Belgian horror auteur Fabrice Du Welz (Vinyan, Calvaire).
Michel (Laurent Lucas, With a Friend Like Harry,Calvaire) is a born womanizer and professional hustler with a penchant for wooing lonely, vulnerable widows and divorcees. When he meets introverted single mom Gloria (Spain’s irrepressible Lola Dueñas, Volver, I’m So Excited!) online and treats her to an electrifying first date, she’s left completely smitten.
Michel tries to swindle what he can out of the one-night stand, confessing that he dates lonely women in order to steal their money. But Gloria has other plans, abandoning her daughter and vowing to aid Michel’s scam while masquerading as his sister. The toxically co-dependent lovers embark on a deadly odyssey amplified by wild sex, unbridled jealousy and frenzied forays into the dark arts, leading to a shocking series of savage, murderous scenarios.
A SWEEPING, SUMPTUOUS EPIC STORY OF THE UNCONVENTIONAL ROMANCE BETWEEN TWO ARISTOCRATIC SISTERS AND AN ACCLAIMED POET IN 18TH CENTURY EUROPE
GERMANY’S OFFICIAL SUBMISSION TO THE ACADEMY AWARDS
From the acclaimed director Dominik Graf comes BELOVED SISTERS, an epic yet intimate romantic drama that illuminates the storied lives of two bold young women, Weimar-era sisters Caroline and Charlotte von Lengefeld, and the celebrated German poet Friedrich Schiller.
Germany’s official submission to the 2015 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, BELOVED SISTERS is set in Europe in the late 1700s but offers a surprisingly contemporary story of women who dared to flaunt convention as they approached love, marriage, sexuality and society on their own terms.
New York City (August 07, 2012) – Written and directed by Tomasz Thomson (Silent Storm) comes a German festival favorite being revered as “A Teutonic mix of Tarantino and Jarmusch” (Variety). SNOWMAN’S LAND stars Jürgen Rißmann (Totort and Henker & Richter), one of Germany’s most beloved television actors, as a professional hitman who has, quite literally, after murdering the wrong person, hit his last note. Forced to flee into the cold, presumably abandoned Carpathian Mountains, this dark comedy thriller presents a new situation for the man in hiding: kill or be killed. SNOWMAN’S LAND will have its American premiere in conjunction with a limited theatrical release on DVD beginning September 25, 2012 from Music Box Films Home Entertainment.
The Bonjour Tristesse, dedicated to highlighting independent cinema, claims SNOWMAN’S LAND “fits squarely in the mold of a quirky indie comedy. All the elements are there for this to be a cult classic.” SNOWMAN’S LAND opened at the 16th Annual Athens International Film Festival, the Zurich Film Festival, the Montreal World Film Festival, the Arizona Underground Festival, and the 2010 Edinburgh International Festival.
Filmed on location in Germany, SNOWMAN’SLAND follows Walter (Jürgen Rißmann), a professional hitman who completely botches his latest assignment by accidentally killing the wrong person. Worried, he seeks direction under a different crime boss and is forced to take part in a new operation, now located in the desolate Carpathian Mountains. As Walter flees to the secluded mountaintops, he is reunited with an old, carefree friend, Mickey (Thomas Wodianka). The two are ultimately caught in yet another incident. This time, however, there is nowhere to hide, and everyone must kill to survive.
Music Box Films Home Entertainment will release SNOWMAN’S LAND on DVD, VOD, and Digital Download on September 25, 2012 (with a pre-book date of August 21, 2012). The film will have a limited theatrical release in both Chicago and New York on the same day of its DVD release, which will carry the suggested retail price of $24.95.
On multiple platforms, SNOWMAN’S LAND can be artfully associated with the Coen brothers’ Fargo. Both are visually striking films – taking place in snowy, nearly abandoned places – which showcase unsatisfied main characters who, after horrible attempts at murder and/or kidnapping go awry, are willing to do anything to escape their troubles. Similarly, Thomson’s picture also has a Tarantino-esque feel, most represented in each of the films’ scores; a combination of opera and 80’s pop music masterfully links the characters with their violently twisting plots.
Snowman’s Land – Synopsis:
Walter is a professional killer and has bungled a job. Now he has to leave the city and takes up an offer from crime boss Berger to protect his house in a remote region of the Carpathian Mountains. At his side is his old friend Mickey. By accident Berger’s young and pretty wife, Sybille, is killed and, fearing Berger’s vengeance, Walter and Mickey decide to hide her body. What at first seemed to be a nice holiday trip for Walter and Mickey soon becomes a fight for survival for all parties involved.
About Music Box Films:
Founded in 2007, Music Box Films has quickly established itself as one of the leading distributors of non-English language feature films in the US in theaters, on DVD and Blu-ray, and via Video-on-Demand. Music Box’s release of Guillaume Canet’s Tell No One was the most popular foreign-language film of 2008. In 2010, the film adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s trilogy of international mega-sellers dominated the foreign-language film market: the first in the series, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, was one of the most popular international releases of the decade with over $10 million in US box office. Music Box Films is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation which also owns and operates The Music Box Theatre, Chicago’s premiere venue for independent and foreign films.
SNOWMAN’S LAND Music Box Films Home Entertainment
STREET DATE: September 25, 2012
Pre-book Date: August 21, 2012
SRP: $24.95 DVD
Running Time: 95 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Dark Comedy Thriller
Screen Ratio: 2.35: 1
Director: Tomasz Thomson
Producer: Noirfilm Filmproduktion
Language: German w/English Subtitles
Cast: Jürgen Rißmann, Thomas Wodianka, Reiner Schöne, Eva-Katrin Hermann, Waléra Kanischtscheff
FRENCH FILM LEGENDS CATHERINE DENEUVE AND GÉRARD DEPARDIEU STAR IN THE ELEGANT NEW COMEDY SATIRE ABOUT THE WAR BETWEEN THE SEXES AND CLASSES FROM INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED FILMMAKER FRANÇOIS OZON
DVD and Blu-ray Disc With Special Bonus Features
July 19, 2011
“Sophisticated & quick-witted!” – Roderick Conway Morris, The New York Times
“A tremendously elegant piece of fun” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK)
“Delightfully empowering and relevant, Deneuve gets her best role in years,
and she plays it to the hilt.” – Rex Reed, New York Observer
“****!” – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
Chicago, IL (June 14, 2011) – In French, a “potiche” is a decorative object of little value or use that is usually found on a shelf or a mantel. It is also used in everyday language as a belittling term for an attractive woman living in the shadow of her husband-a “trophy wife,” if you will.POTICHE is also the title of an outstanding new comedy led by Catherine Deneuve, unquestionably France’s most beloved actress, and Gérard Depardieu, one of the world’s most respected actors. Their collaboration with the respected and prolific François Ozon, who’s been honored at such prestigious international cinema celebrations as the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, and France’s César and Lumiere Awards, yields the wittiest and most sophisticated comedy of the year.
Boasting the finest credits of any French film in recent memory, Music Box Films Home Entertainment will release POTICHE on Blu-ray disc and DVD for the first time on July 19 (prebook June 22). The Blu-ray and DVD will carry the suggested retail prices of $38.94 and $29.95, respectively. Special features includes: ‘Making-of’ featurette, a whimsical extra segment, spoof trailer, and more.
The film is a loose adaptation of the popular 1970’s French stage play by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy (Cactus Flower). Set in a provincial French town in 1977, POTICHE revolves around Suzanne Pujol (Catherine Deneuve, Academy Award nominee for Indochine), the housebound “trophy wife” of wealthy but tyrannical industrialist Robert Pujol (Fabrice Luchini, Molière). Seemingly naïve in the ways of the world-and business-Suzanne steps in to manage her tyrannical husband’s umbrella factory after the workers go on strike. Inhaling her first whiff of the women’s liberation movement that’s in the air, Suzanne proves herself to be an intelligent, competent and assertive woman of action. It’s only after she gets romantically involved with her ex-beau union leader (Gérard Depardieu, Academy Award nominee for Cyrano de Bergerac) and her husband returns to re-integrate himself back into the business, that things get complicated.
Critics adore Potiche, describing it as “[A] sparkling and occasionally side-splitting adaptation of a French boulevard-theater play” (Variety) and “deliriously sublime” (Paper Magazine).And Catherine Denueve is receiving universal praise for her delicious turn as the trophy wife turned liberated activist, her performance being touted as “one of the most finely tuned, raciest and most gripping of her career” by The New York Times and “masterful” by The Hollywood Reporter.
Renowned filmmaker François Ozon’s credits include internationally acclaimed sensations as 8 Women, Swimming Pool and Under the Sand.
It’s 1977 and women’s liberation is in the air but, Suzanne (Catherine Deneuve) is still the self-effacing, elegant housewife of wealthy industrialist Robert Pujol (Fabrice Luchini). Pujol oversees his umbrella factory with an iron fist and is equally tyrannical with his children and ‘trophy housewife.’ When the workers go on strike and briefly take Robert takes hostage, Suzanne steps in to manage the factory. To everyone’s surprise, she proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action. Suzanne’s new role throws her back in touch with union leader Maurice Babin (Gerard Depardieu), a romantic fling from the past that still has sparks. When Robert returns from a restful cruise looking to re-integrate himself into the business, things get complicated.
About Music Box Films:
Founded in 2007, Music Box Films serves the viewing interests of sophisticated US movie audiences in select cinemas nationwide, on DVD and Blu-Ray, on cable TV and on emerging VOD delivery formats. With a focus on foreign-language cinema, Music Box’s release of Guillaume Canet’s Tell No One was the most popular foreign-language theatrical release of 2008 and the most popular foreign-language DVD of 2009. Music Box Films is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation which also owns and operates The Music Box Theatre, Chicago’s premiere venue for independent and foreign films.
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Music Box Films Home Entertainment
STREET DATE: July 19, 2011
Pre-book Date: June 22, 2011
SRP: $ 29.95 DVD
$ 38.94 Blu-ray
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard, Judith Godrèche, Jérémie Renier
Director: François Ozon
Running Time: 103 minutes
Format: 1.85:1 widescreen
Sound Format: Dolby Digital
Language: French with English subtitles
Making of Potiche – 72minute behind-the-scenes footage with cast & crew
Costume Tests – a 6minute whimsical segment where the main actors model the outfits from the film.
70s Trailer – a 2minute teaser trailer meant to spoof the 70s style of movie trailer.
Film Adaptation Based on Stieg Larsson’s International Best-Seller
Available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc
July 6, 2010
“****! Lisbeth is as compelling as any movie character in recent memory”
-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
“This dynamite thriller shivers with suspense.”
-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Magazine
– Miami Herald
Chicago, IL (May 13, 2010) – There is no argument that Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium Trilogy Series created a global phenomenon selling nearly 25 million novels in over 40 countries. It was just a matter of time that the film based on his wildly sensational books would create similar mass appeal. Now for the first time, home-viewing audiences can take home the most talked about film adaptation of the year with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Hailed as “mesmerizing” by USA Today and a “remarkable piece of work” by the Austin Chronicle, the disc will be packed with exciting bonus features* including interviews with lead actress, Noomi Rapace, and Director, Niels Arden Oplev; The Vanger Family Tree, and more. Music Box Films presents the DVD and Blu-ray disc premiere on July 6, 2010 for suggested retail price of $29.95 and $34.95 respectively.
As the highest grossing Swedish film in history, the film was also 2009’s highest-grossing European production. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev and starring Noomi Rapace as “Lisbeth Salander”, the film received three Swedish Guldbaggage Awards in 2009 for Best Picture, Audience Award and Best Actress in a Leading Role. It went on to receive an Audience Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature Award at Portland International Film Festival.
Taking America by storm, the riveting foreign film garnered outstanding critical acclaim throughout the country and instantly became a smash hit within the independent circuit. The film is projected to be the highest grossing foreign language film in the U.S. in 2010, earning $5.7 million at the box office with six weeks remaining in theatres. Commended as, “a stylish thriller with real complexity, people with interesting faces, a sensational actress cast as an ambisexual Goth hacker heroine” by the Wall Street Journal, and “finely plotted, stylishly photographed and brilliantly acted” by the NY Post, “compelling” by Washington Post, and “devastating, suspenseful, and satisfying” by Paper Magazine. Avid readers, and fans alike, flooded theatres nationwide to see what everyone was talking about.
Music Box Films will release the second installment of the film trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire in theatres nationwide on July 2, 2010.
Author, Stieg Larsson was recognized as the second bestselling author in the world in 2008. The Millenium Series books include “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest.”
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her beloved uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and the tattooed and troubled but resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rapace) to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vanger’s are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.
About Music Box Films:
Founded in 2007, Music Box Films serves the viewing interests of sophisticated US movie audiences in select cinemas nationwide, on DVD and Blu-Ray, on cable TV and on emerging VOD delivery formats. With a focus on foreign-language cinema, Music Box’s release of Guillaume Canet’s “TELL NO ONE” was the most popular foreign-language theatrical release of 2008 and the most popular foreign-language DVD of 2009. Music Box Films is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation which also owns and operates The Music Box Theatre, Chicago’s premiere venue for independent and foreign films.