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Download The Oscar Shortlist Film, A Man Called Ove, Now

BASED ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING NOVEL A MAN CALLED OVE” ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY, DVD AND VOD FROM MUSIC BOX FILMS HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

Own the Swedish Box Office Sensation with a 92% Rotten Tomatoes Score on December 27

Download To Own Early on Dec 13th

 

Sweden’s official entry for the best foreign language film at the 89th Academy Awards®, A MAN CALLED OVE arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD (iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Fandango Now, YouTube, Vudu) December 27, 2016  — and download to own early on December 13th — by Music Box Films Home Entertainment. Based on the international best-selling novel by Fredrik Backman, A MAN CALLED OVE is the film adaptation written and directed by Hannes Holm, which tells the story of an ill-tempered, easily-provoked old man whose world is shaken in ways he never would have imagined.

A MAN CALLED OVE is one of Sweden’s most successful domestic films of all time and will be one of top grossing foreign language art house releases in the US this year with over 200 engagements in all major markets and a projected box office of nearly $2 million. A MAN CALLED OVE is also one of the best reviewed films of the year with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 92%

With his irresistible adaptation and sterling direction, filmmaker Holm finds the beating heart of his source material, while Swedish star Rolf Lassgård, whose performance won him the Best Actor Award at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival, affectingly embodies the lovable curmudgeon Ove.

“I thought, ‘This is so good,’ because this story has both elements of comic relief and sadness in it,” recalls writer/director Holm of his reaction after reading Fredrik Backman’s A MAN CALLED OVE. “I called [producer] Annica Bellander and said, ‘Ok, I really want to do this,’ and then I met Frederick Backman, who I heard was very Ove-like — and he was a bit grumpy, but he said, ‘Hannes, I don’t know anything about filmmaking. So please, write the story.’ So I can say that films can change people, but in a way, this film has changed me.”

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Powerful Female Solidarity in Hands of French Director Anne Fontaine

“The Innocents” by Anne Fontaine

A POLISH CONVENT TRAUMATIZED BY WAR CRIMES IN THE LAST DAYS OF WWII

One of the best reviewed films and top box office performing foreign language releases of the year arrives nationwide beginning September 27th

 

“CRITICS CHOICE! Spellbinding… The Innocents Soars.” – Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Powerful and Moving! Examines every moral crevice of an unthinkable scenario”  -Justin Chang, VARIETY

“Genius. A stunningly beautiful film.”  – Alissa Wilkinson, CHRISTIANITY TODAY

The Innocents - Photo courtesy of Music Box Films
The Innocents – photo courtesy of Music Box Films

 

The Innocents is director Anne Fontaine’s haunting and ultimately life affirming post-WWII drama about  a young, forward-thinking French Red Cross doctor who comes to the aid of a group of traumatized young Polish nuns whose lives and faith have been dangerously tested. The Innocents is based on the true story of heroic French doctor and Resistance fighter Madeleine Pauliac.

 

The second World War is finally over and doctor Mathilde (rising star Lou de Laage) is treating the last of the French survivors of Nazi work camps in Poland. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent, what she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy. A non-believer, Mathilde enters the sisters’ fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Rev. Mother (Agata Kulesza, Ida). Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the occupying Soviet troops and local Polish communists the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as they face an unprecedented crisis of faith.

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The Club by Chilean Filmmaker Pablo Larrain Puts Spotlight on Exiled Priests

FOUR PRIESTS ARE EXILED TO A SEASIDE TOWN TO ATONE FOR THE SINS OF THEIR PAST IN THE POWERFUL DRAMA FROM CHILEAN FILMMAKER PABLO LARRAÍN

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 A 2016 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

 

From acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín (Academy Award Nominee, No) comes the highly lauded film THE CLUB, a taut, blackly comic drama that revolves around a group of priests that are exiled to a small village to atone for the sins of their pasts. Directed and co-written by Larraín, THE CLUB functions as an insightful commentary on individual responsibility and organized religion, as well as an artfully relevant examination of what happens when those two combustible elements are combined.

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Joe Angio’s How To Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) is a glorious commemoration of Melvin Van Peebles

How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It)

A FIRST-RATE CHRONICLE OF THE REMARKABLE LIFE AND CAREER OF ARTIST/PROVOCATEUR MELVIN VAN PEEBLES, CREATOR OF THE LEGENDARY 1971 FILM SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG

 

Melvin Van Peebles’ extraordinary life story reveals an artist and a man whose groundbreaking impact on film, politics and pop culture remains as relevant as ever. On the 45th Anniversary of his landmark 1971 film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song—the most successful independent film of its time and a watershed in African-American cinema—Melvin Van Peebles’ life and career are celebrated in a DVD re-issue of filmmaker Joe Angio’s 2005 documentary How To Eat Your Watermelon In White Company (and Enjoy It).

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Maison Close: Season Two Continues Sumptuous Parisian Bordello Saga

Maison Close: Season Two

THE CONTINUATION OF THE ACCLAIMED FRENCH TELEVISION SERIES INVITES AMERICAN AUDIENCES INTO A SUMPTUOUS PARISIAN BORDELLO WHERE DESIRE REIGNS

 

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Set in a lavish brothel in 19th Century Paris, the wildly popular French erotic drama series MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO returns to further weave its sexy tales of the women of “The Paradise,” an infamous bordello that caters to aristocratic and bourgeois clientele known for its strange and refined practices during a time of legalized prostitution.

Created by Jacques Ouaniche, MAISON CLOSE focuses on a trio of The Paradise’s most provocative women: Rose (Jemima West), a young woman, newly arrived in Paris in search of her mother, who was tricked into service at the brothel; Véra (Anne Charrier),  a courtesan in her mid-thirties nearing the end of her career, hoping a wealthy customer will pay her debt and free her from servitude; and Hortense (Valerie Karsenti), the owner of The Paradise who must do whatever she can to retain her girls, keep the brothel open and steer clear of the forces intent on shutting her business down. The new season of the critically acclaimed drama picks up at The Paradise where Season One left off, as a royalist chief commander rises to power and reinstates a city-wide Moral Order which threatens the brothel’s very existence.

MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO has been praised as much for its historical accuracy and political astuteness as its bold eroticism, with Alessandra Stanley of THE NEW YORK TIMES lauding it as “Baudelaire meets The Playboy Channel.”

“For more than three years I have been thinking of this series whose heroine is a young girl, trapped, forced to prostitute herself in a luxury brothel at the end of the nineteenth century at the beginning of the Third Republic,” says MAISON CLOSE creator Ouaniche of the series’ origins. “I wanted to uncover the daily lives of these sex workers, most of all of the women, and their privileged relationships with powerful men in a time period not so remote from ours.”

Music Box Films Home Entertainment will release MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO on Blu-ray and DVD on January 12, 2015 following its broadcast debut across leading markets in Europe, Asia and South America. The MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO Blu-ray and DVD editions will include a collector’s booklet and carry the suggested retail prices of $39.95 and $34.95, respectively.

MAISON CLOSE: SEASON ONE is available now on Blu-ray and DVD and will be available to stream on HULU beginning in January 7, just in time to catch up before the  Blu-ray and DVD release of MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO.

The release of the MAISON CLOSE series marks Music Box Films’ latest entry in the company’s growing international television catalog, which includes such recent releases as Sweden’s Wallander, Germany’s Generation War, France’s The Returned and Japan’s Penance by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

More information on MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO can be found on the MUSIC BOX FILMS website

http://www.musicboxfilms.com/maisonclose

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Jean-Michel Basquiat in DOWNTOWN 81

Starring Renowned Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and Featuring Debbie Harry, Fab Five Freddy, Arto Lindsay, Kid Creole and the Coconuts with Music by Blondie, DNA, The Plastics

DOWNTOWN 81

DIGITALLY RE-MASTERED AND RESTORED COLLECTOR’S EDITION ARRIVES ON DVD JUNE 30

downtown-81-5801The desolate streets of Manhattan’s lower east side in the early 1980s were permeated with abandoned buildings, drug lords and vagabonds – but the underground scene was bubbling with an electrifying fusion of art and music. At the beginning of this newfound energy was Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio, poised to capture the imaginative, fantastical drama, DOWNTOWN 81. The film, a documentary-style narrative, features then-obscure artists on the brink of fame, such as a nineteen-year-old Jean-Michel Basquiat, Debbie Harry, Fab Five Freddy and Lee Quinones.

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Flamenco, Flamenco Features The Most Important Spanish Flamenco Artists

FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO

A Film by Carlos Saura

A SPECTACULAR, SMOLDERING PORTRAIT OF THE SONGS, DANCES AND MUSIC OF FLAMENCO, FROM LEGENDARY SPANISH FILMMAKER CARLOS SAURA
FEATURING MORE THAN 20 PERFORMANCES BY SPAIN’S MOST REVERED ARTISTS

 

FlamencoFlamencoFrom legendary Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura (Fados, Ay Carmela!, Carmen) comes FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO, a celebration of life, love, passion and, of course, dance. A sequel to his film Flamenco from 1995, FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO offers an impassioned collection of songs and dances, compiling 21 dazzling performances from an ensemble of gifted Spanish musicians, singers, and dancers.

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A Stunning Year Alongside the World’s Most Extreme Environment

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

A STUNNING YEAR-LONG EXPERIENCE ALONGSIDE THE ADVENTUROUS FEW WHO LIVE IN THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL, BRUTAL AND EXTREME ENVIRONMENT – THE FROZEN LAND OF ANTARCTICA

 

 

ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE is a fascinating and visually spectacular journey to the end of the world—the frozen landscape of Antarctica—with the devoted, adventurous people who live there year-round.

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Uncovering The Dark Tale Behind The Penn State Scandal Which Rocked The Nation

HAPPY VALLEY

A film by Amir Bar-Lev

 

Respected documentarian Amir Bar-Lev (Fighter, The Tillman Story) takes an unflinching look at an iconic American institution with his award-winning expose HAPPY VALLEY. In the wake of an unthinkable child sex abuse scandal in 2011, HAPPY VALLEY examines a wounded community and the role college football played in both the crimes and their aftermath.

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Pawel Pawlikowski’s IDA Receives Academy Award

 ACADEMY AWARDS® WINNER

 Music Box Films Congratulates IDA

‘BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM’ Poland; Pawel Pawlikowski

 

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Following the Academy Award win, Music Box Films would like to congratulate Pawel Pawlikowski on his latest accomplishments for his highly acclaimed film IDA. The film received two Academy Awards®  nominations and took home ‘Best Foreign Language Film.’

 

IDA was #1 on the 2014 Best Film lists by David Denby of The New Yorker and Jake Coyle of The Associated Press and has topped numerous 2014 Best Film lists including: The New York Times, Art Forum, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Star-Ledger, Los Angeles Daily News, Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, The Atlantic, Filmmaker Magazine and IndieWire.

 

The film also won: Best Foreign Language Film and Best Supporting Actress Awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Best Foreign Language Film from New York Film Critics Circle, as well as Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography from San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

 

“IDA is an absolutely stunning and emotional film, and we expect these accolades to bring new and appreciative audiences to the film.” says Ed Arentz of Music Box Films.

 

With a 95% Fresh rating and over 132 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, IDA, along with its director and cast, has been lauded by critics and audiences worldwide. Thompson on Hollywood’s Ryan Lattanzio raved, “best screen performances, well, ever. Female or otherwise.”