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Israeli Actress and Filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz Stars in GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

 A HEARTRENDING PORTRAIT OF AN ISRAELI WOMAN PUT ON TRIAL BY HER COUNTRY’S UNCOMPROMISING MARRIAGE LAWS

 GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

 

Starring And Co-Directed By Israel’s Renowned Ronit Elkabetz

 

An Israeli woman seeking to finalize a divorce from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws in GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM. Starring famed Israeli actress/filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz, who co-wrote and co-directed the film with her brother Shlomi Elkabetz, this powerful courthouse drama presents a resolute portrait of one woman’s struggle to overcome an unmoving patriarchy and live a life of her own design.

“Critics Pick! “Gripping cinema from start to finish…assured, streamlined and bold” 

–Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

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MEDEAS starring Academy Award Nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno

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MEDEAS

 

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE CATALINA SANDINO MORENO STARS IN ANDREA PALLAORO’S ACCLAIMED DEBUT FEATURE, AN UNFORGETTABLE CONTEMPORARY TAKE ON A CLASSIC TRAGEDY

 

Opens in New York City on January 16, 2015

 

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Acclaimed International Filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski’s IDA Presents Hauntingly Beautiful Tale

 

 Music Box Films Home Entertainment Presents:

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 IDA

A film by Pawel Pawlikowski

A YOUNG WOMAN EMBARKS ON A LIFE-ALTERING JOURNEY AFTER MAKING A SHOCKING DISCOVERY ABOUT HER FAMILY’S PAST IN THIS HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL TALE FROM PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI

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Beautiful Seascape Montauk Drama Arrives From Filmmaker Kim Cummings

 

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In Montauk

A YOUNG WOMAN’S YEARNING FOR SELF-DISCOVERY LEADS HER ON A JOURNEY TO THE WINTRY LONG ISLAND SEASCAPE IN KIM CUMMINGS’  EXQUISITELY-CRAFTED INDEPENDENT DRAMA/ROMANCE

 

Available on DVD January 14, 2014

 

 

In Montauk is one of 2012’s indie highlights.” –Richard Propes, THE INDEPENDENT CRITIC

It is powerful and beautiful, tense in its emotions, and also draining (but in a good, ‘I just went on a personal journey and I’m spent’ way). In the end, the emotional effort is worth it.” – Mark Bell, FILM THREAT

 

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A Portrait of Friendship Between Playwright SAM SHEPARD and Johnny Dark

 

MUSIC BOX FILMS HOME ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES

 

Shepard & Dark

 

AN ENGROSSING CHRONICLE OF THE UNIQUE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN LEGENDARY PLAYWRIGHT SAM SHEPARD AND JOURNEYMAN JOHNNY DARK

 

 FIRST-TIME DIRECTOR TREVA WURMFELD’S IRRESISTIBLE DOCUMENTARY FEATURES INTIMATE INTERVIEWS AND FOOTAGE AND A NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN TROVE OF RARE PHOTOGRAPHS AND HOME MOVIES

 

 

Available on DVD and VOD

October 22, 2013

 

 

“A FASCINATING JOURNEY!  Unfolds—just like real life—in ways that are honest and unexpected.” –Bruce DeMara, TORONTO STAR

 

“A thoughtfully observed portrait of a romantic friendship.” –Michelle Orange, THE VILLAGE VILLAGE

 

“The stories Sam Shepard and his best friend Johnny Dark tell, triggered by old letters and photographs, are tragic and tender, full of the passion of lives lived fully on their own terms.” -Steve Dollar, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

 

“Offers not just an intimate perspective on the playwright’s biography but some touching reflections on the comforts and perils of long-term friendship.” -John DeFore, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

  

The fascinating documentary SHEPARD & DARK focuses on the rich, complex and decades-long friendship between legendary playwright/actor Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark, a writer and archivist who lives in Deming, New Mexico and works behind a deli counter. An earnest, intimate and often comedic portrait of two male friends whose relationship has spanned some 50 years, the award-winning SHEPARD & DARK is the first directorial effort by filmmaker Treva Wurmfeld.

 

Receiving unprecedented access to her subjects, Wurmfeld began filming the two friends, both separately and together, in 2010, and continued the process for an 18-month period in New Mexico, California, Kentucky and Texas. It was a period of transition and reflection for Shepard, who had quietly ended his relationship with actress Jessica Lange and accepted a proposal to publish his correspondence with Dark. (The forthcoming book, Two Prospectors, is slated for publication in October, 2013).

 

SHEPARD & DARK required its leading players to meet and sift through years of their shared history, stirring memories both good and bad. And though the pair frequently engaged in spirited bickering over such subjects as Bing Crosby vs. Tony Bennett or what time they should eat dinner, it wasn’t all light-hearted and fun. Tracing back four decades of experiences, Sam and Johnny tap into the deeper subjects of love, duty, fatherhood, grief, passion, money, art, freedom and isolation.

 

Music Box Films Home Entertainment will release SHEPARD & DARK on DVD and VOD for the first time on October 22, 2013 (prebook September 17th ). The DVD disc of SHEPARD & DARK will include a host of bonus features and carry the suggested retail price of $ 29.95

 

Declared to be “One of the 50 Best Undistributed Films of 2012” by Film Comment, SHEPARD & DARK garnered universal acclaim on the national film festival circuit. It took home Best Documentary and Best Editing honors at the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival and was the winner of the Nesnadny and Schwartz Documentary Film Competition at the 2013 Cleveland International Film Festival.

 

With rare intimacy and the access to a rich archive of photographs and old family movies, SHEPARD & DARK unveils the past in a way that speaks to Shepard’s work, current state of mind, and arresting cinematic presence, opposite the auspicious debut of Johnny Dark.

 

SHEPARD & DARK — Synopsis:

SHEPARD & DARK paints an indelible portrait of the complex friendship between Sam Shepard Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (Buried Child) and Academy Award-nominated actor Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark, a homebody with a penchant for letter writing, photography, and supporting himself with odd jobs from dog-catcher to deli worker. The two met in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and, despite their embarking onto very different lives, have remained close friends ever since. Through the decades, they stayed bonded by family ties, with Dark marrying an older woman named Scarlett and Shepard marrying her daughter. For years the two couples lived together, until Shepard broke away in 1983 for a relationship with actress Jessica Lange, leaving Johnny to help father his first son. Nevertheless, he and Dark continued writing to each other, amassing hundreds of letters.

 

First-time director Treva Wurmfeld began filming the two friends in 2010 during a period of transition and reflection, after Shepard had ended his relationship with Lange and accepted a proposal to publish his correspondence with Dark. The task required them to meet and sift through years of their shared history, stirring memories both good and bad. Tracing back a half-century of experience, the two tap into the deeper subjects of love, duty, fatherhood, grief, passion, money, art, freedom and isolation.

 

 

Shepard & Dark
Music Box Films Home Entertainment
STREET DATE:  Oct. 22, 2013
Pre-book Date:            September 17, 2013
SRP:                 $      29.95 DVD
Director:  Treva Wurmfed
Cast: Sam Shepard, Johnny Dark
Running Time: 89 minutes
Format:            Widescreen 16×9
Sound Format:  5.1 Dolby Digital 
Rating:                         NR
Country:          U.S.
Language:         English

 

Bonus Features*

  • Extended Interviews
  • Deleted Scenes
  • 7 Things I Learned From You
  • Photo Gallery
  • Poster Gallery
  • English SDH

They’re not Psycho Killers…They’re Just Small Business Owners

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100 Bloody Acres  

 They’re Not Psycho Killers… They’re Just Small Business Owners!                                                                                            

The Cult Horror-Comedy Favorite Comes to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on October 1, 2013

 

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Cesar Nominated French Film Augustine by Filmmaker Alice Winocour Based on a True Story

Augustine

A 19TH CENTURY FRENCH NEUROLOGIST AND HIS YOUNG PATIENT ENTER INTO AN EXTRAORDINARY AND SENSUAL RELATIONSHIP IN THIS DARKLY PROVOCATIVE PERIOD DRAMA FROM FRANCE

 

“Absorbingly sensuous.” – Neil Young, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“FOUR STARS  A gothic prequel to A Dangerous Method. Soko evolves from exploited victim to self-possessed woman—a proto-feminist in both body and mind.” – Eric Hynes, TIME OUT NY

“A coolly febrile study of madness, Victorian sexual politics and power.” – Leslie Felperin, VARIETY

“A dark romance of sex and power…Vivid and Feverish…Soko is as grave and luminous as a silent-film star.”  – AO Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“A slyly feminist fable.” – Steve Dollar, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

 

 

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Beware of The Sleepwalking Cannibal named Eddie

Doppelganger Releasing Presents:

Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal

 

“Pure fun from its first moment to its last…EDDIE has ‘future cult film’ written all over it.” – Peter Gutierrez, TWITCH FILM

“Boris Rodriguez’s inspired first feature strikes just the right balance between camp horror and clever satire. Absurdly satisfying!” – Eric Hynes, VILLAGE VOICE

“More indebted to Hans Christian Andersen than George Romero, this witty first feature is a diverting meditation on finding inspiration while losing your soul.” – Jeanette Catsoulis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

Eddie-posterWhen a struggling artist finds inspiration in the form of a ravenous, sleepwalking cannibal, he’s sure to have the art world eating out of his hand…and then some! But if true art indeed comes at a steep and increasingly blood-drenched price, how far is an artist willing to go in order to achieve his next masterpiece? That’s the question everyone’s dying to have answered in the deliciously demented horror-comedy EDDIE: THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL, written and directed by first-time feature helmer Boris Rodriguez and starring Danish superstar Thure Lindhardt, recent Independent Spirit Award Best Actor nominee for his role in Keep The Lights On.

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THE SILENCE Explodes As a Powerful and Unforgettable Crime Thriller

Music Box Films Home Entertainment Presents:

The Silence 

TWO HORRIFYING CRIMES SEPARATED BY TWO DECADES SHARE A CHILLING CONNECTION IN THIS GRIPPING CRIME THRILLER FROM GERMANY 

 A MESMERIZING MYSTERY IN THE TRADITION OF “THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO” AND ‘THE KILLING” 

 

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD, and Digital Download July 23, 2013

 

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Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition on DVD November 22nd

Dragon Tattoo: Extended Edition(The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray November 22nd from Music Box Films. The 4-disc box set will feature an extended version of all 3 films with notable subplots, Staying true to Larsson’s novels. There are also a ton of special features including interviews with the cast and crew, and 53 minute documentary about Stieg Larsson. and the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy plus English language re-dubs of all 3 movies

  Noomi Repace stars as Lisbeth Salander alongside Michael Nyqvist as Mikeal Blomkvist in Stieg Larsson’s adaptation of one of the best-selling novels in recent memory. 

A forty year old murder calls for the help of Mikeal Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo which received four stars from critics at Chicago Sun Times, Arizona Republic, and Time Out New York. Lisbeth is framed for the murder of a Millennium writer leading to a witch hunt and a lot of questions about her past are answered in The Girl who Played with Fire , which was called “More gripping than The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo” by Entertainment Weekly. Finally, Lisbeth and all her wrong doers are put on trail in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Visit http://dragontattoofilm.com  for reviews, downloads, and more information about the books and the trilogy.