What’s Happening in Film: Kino Lorber September 2019 video release line-up

Distributor Kino Lorber has revealed its upcoming line-up for September. Yorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth leads a strong field which includes 14 films in all.

Fans of indie film know Kino Lorber as a great source for often overlooked, decidedly non-Hollywood content.

If you’re a fan of film festivals and aren’t exactly enamored by yet another Super Hero movie then Kino might be a good place for you to get to know.

Kino’s complete September 2019 releases include: Dogtooth (2009), Alps (2011), Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank (2004), Walking on Water (2018), The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1976), Pasolini (2014), Philadelphia, Here I Come (1971), The Homecoming (1973), Zen for Nothing (2016), Diamantino (2018), Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud (1995), Un coeur en hiver (A Heart in Winter) (1992), The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin’ (2009), and This Magnificent Cake! (2018).

For complete details of Kino Lorber’s September releases see below.

Look for the DVD and Blu-Ray discs through online retailers or direct from Kino Lorber.

Kino Lorber: September 2019 Releases

Source: Kino Lorber

Dogtooth (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 3, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95Drama / 97 min / NR / ColorDirector: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Angeliki PapouliaSynopsis: Dogtooth (Kynodontas) is acclaimed director Yorgos Lanthimos’ (The FavouriteThe LobsterAlps) breakout success, an ingeniously frightening dark comedy that was an Academy Award® Nominee for Best Foreign Film, and which won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

In an effort to protect their three children from the corrupting influence of the outside world, a Greek couple transforms their home into a gated compound of cultural deprivation and bizarre ritual. But children cannot remain innocent forever. When the father brings home a young woman to satisfy his son’s sexual urges, the family’s engineered reality begins to crumble, with devastating consequences.

Dogtooth punctuates its compelling drama with moments of shocking violence, creating a biting social satire that is as profound as it is provocative.

Bonus Features: Audio commentary with stars Angeliki Papoulia and Christos Passalis * Yorgos Lanthimos in conversation with Kent Jones (courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center) Interview with Yorgos Lanthimos * Deleted scenes * Trailers

Alps (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray)

Blu-ray Street Date: September 3, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95

Drama / 94 min / NR / Color

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Stavros Psyllakis, Aris Servetalis, Johnny Vekris

Synopsis: Alps is a stunningly original investigation into the process of mourning from Oscar®-nominated director Yorgos Lanthimos (The FavouriteThe LobsterDogtooth).
An oddball quartet form a secret society that sets out to ease the grieving process. For a fee they will act the part of a deceased family member-learning their hobbies and eccentricities-in order to help the customer process their loss. But when the nurse known as Monte Rosa (Angeliki Papoulia, Dogtooth) begins to form more intense bonds with her customers, the “Alps” project spirals out of control into violence and confusion.

Winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the Venice Film Festival, Alps once again proves that Lanthimos is one of the most talented and provocative filmmakers working today.

Bonus Features:
Audio commentary by film historian Amy Simmons * Trailers

Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank (Greenwich Entertainment, DVD)

DVD Street Date: September 10, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 85 min / NR / Color

Director: Gerald Fox
Featuring: Robert Frank

Synopsis: A transformative artist and one of the most insightful chroniclers of American life, legendary Swiss-American photographer Robert Frank continues to fascinate generations of casual observers and aspiring photographers alike. Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank is the definitive account of Frank’s life and the unique ways his biography and art intersect to produce powerful, richly textured images.

Shot in cinema-verité style between New York and Nova Scotia, where Frank now lives, the film captures Frank reflecting on a lifetime of image making that most famously produced “The Americans,” probably the most influential photographic book of the last sixty years. From the Lower East Side to Coney Island, Frank revisits places where he lived and photographed, unsentimentally yet humorously noting the erosion of the New York he once knew. He recalls his collaborations with the Beat generation, including his film Pull My Daisy, narrated by Jack Kerouac, as well as his infamous Cocksucker Blues with The Rolling Stones. Affectionate conversations with Frank’s second wife, the vibrant artist June Leaf, reveal decades of closeness, creative exchange and support through the intense tragedies of Frank’s life. In rare moments of vulnerability, Frank speaks movingly about these tragedies and his attempts to cope through his deeply personal photography and films. Unembellished and unflinching, this portrait captures the life and art of one of the most significant and uncompromising artists of the 20th century.

Walking on Water (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: September 10, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 100 min / NR / Color

Director: Andrey Paounov
Featuring: Christo

Synopsis: Ten years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo sets out to realize “The Floating Piers,” a project they conceived together many years before. Boasting uncensored access to the artist and his team, Walking on Water is an unprecedented look at Christo’s process, from the inception through to the completion of his latest large-scale art installation, a dahlia-yellow walkway atop Italy’s Lake Iseo that was eventually experienced by over 1.2 million people. The film takes the viewer on an intimate journey into Christo’s world amid mounting madness-from complex dealings between art and state politics to engineering challenges, logistical nightmares, and the sheer force of mother nature. Captured through breathtaking aerial views and fly-on-the-wall camerawork, we watch the artist’s vision unfold, and get to know the man chasing it.

Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailer

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978) (2 discs) (Kino Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 17, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Drama / 108 min / NR / Color

Director: Fred Schepisi
Starring: Tommy Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor

Synopsis: Fred Schepisi’s internationally acclaimed masterpiece The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978), based on the novel by Thomas Keneally, is the shocking tale of an indigenous man driven to madness and revenge. Jimmie Blacksmith (Tommy Lewis) is a young Aboriginal half-caste raised in central New South Wales at the turn-of-the-century, a boy initiated by his tribe but also educated by a stern Methodist minister (Jack Thompson).
Looking to gain respectability in white society, Jimmie finds a white bride while performing back-breaking work on local farms, but cannot escape his skin color, suffering ongoing racism and oppression. Discovering that he may not be the father of his wife’s child, and red without pay, Jimmie explodes in a fury of violent revenge and escapes into the bush with his brother Mort, cutting a bloody path of retribution upon the society that has forsaken him. In 1901, the year Australian democracy is born, Jimmie Blacksmith finally faces his fate, and with it the fate of his people. This two-disc set includes the 117-minute international version and the 122-minute Australian version.

Bonus Features:
DISC 1: International Version (117 minutes)
* Interview with Fred Schepisi and DP Ian Baker
* The Chant of Tom Lewis, an interview with star Tommy Lewis * Trailer
DISC 2: Australian Version (122 minutes)
* Audio commentary by Fred Schepisi * Introduction by Fred Schepisi

Blu-ray also includes booklet essay by film critic Peter Tonguette

Pasolini (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray and DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 17, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Drama-Thriller / 103 min / R / Color

Director: Abel Ferrara
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Ninetto Davoli, Riccardo Scamarcio

Synopsis: In Pasolini renegade filmmaker Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant) explores the final days of another rebellious artist, Pier Paolo Pasolini. Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) gives an incandescent performance as the subversive Italian poet and film director, chronicling his final hours on November 2, 1975 in Rome. The film follows him as he works on his controversial classic Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, and leads up to his brutal murder on the beach in Ostia on the outskirts of the city. Facing resistance and persecution from the public, politicians, censors and critics, Pasolini seeks comfort from his beloved mother and friends, including actress Laura Betti (Maria de Madeiros, Pulp Fiction) and continues his work on an ambitious new novel and screenplay. Further distractions are provided by the young men of Rome, whom he cruises past in his Alfa Romeo. Shooting in the locations where he lived and worked, Pasolini is a beautiful evocation of the life and death of a profoundly influential artist.

Bonus Features:
Abel Ferrara and Willem Dafoe in conversation * Theatrical trailer Behind-the-scenes documentary * Booklet essay by film historian Brad Stevens

Philadelphia, Here I Come (1971) (Kino Classics, Blu-ray)
Blu-ray Street Date: September 17, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Drama / 95 min / NR / Color

Director: John Quested
Starring Donal McCann, Des Cave, Siobhan McKenna

Synopsis: Set in playwright Brian Friel’s (Dancing at LughnasaFaith Healer) mythical Ballybeg, Ireland, Philadelphia Here I come!presents an ingenious glimpse into the stock-taking of youth Gareth “Gar” O’Donnell on the eve of his departure for America. Through the myriad preparations and goodbyes that fill Gar’s last day in Ireland comes a powerful portrait of the public boasts and private doubts that bedevil him on the threshold of his journey to a new life in a new land. Friel contrasts Gar’s cloistered emotional life with his gregarious social persona by separating him into two distinct characters, a public self (Donal McCann) and a private self (Des Cave). As public Gar cheerfully goes about his rounds, private Far voices the anger and sadness, “the loneliness, the groping” that has positioned him between a loveless youth and an unknown future.

Bonus Features: Interview with Edie Landau / “Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera,” a promotional film for the American Film Theatre / Gallery of trailers for the American Film Theatre

The Homecoming (1973) (Kino Classics, Blu-ray)
Blu-ray Street Date: September 17, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Drama / 114 min / NR / Color

Director: Peter Hall
Starring Cyril Cusack, Ian Holm, Paul Rogers

Synopsis: In North London, an all-male beehive of inactivity is ruled with a foul mouth and an iron fist by the abusive Max (Paul Rogers) and his brother, the priggish palace eunuch Sam (Cyril Cusack). Rounding out The Homecoming’s “situation tragedy” are the sons: [punch-drunk demolition man Joey (Terence Rigby) and the pimp-smart Lenny, played by the magnificent Ian Holm (AlienThe Sweet Hereafter). When the prodigal son Teddy (Michael Jayston) brings his wife Ruth (Vivien Merchant) home to meet the family, it unleashes a tangled web of Freudian dread, venal family values, and naked neediness that could only come from the mind of Harold Pinter.

Bonus Features: Interview with cinematographer David Watkin / Interview with Edie Landau / “Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera,” a promotional film for the American Film Theatre / Gallery of trailers for the American Film Theatre

Zen for Nothing (Zeitgeist Films, DVD)

DVD Street Date: September 17, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 104 min / NR / Color

Director: Werner Penzel
Featuring: Sabine Timoteo, Muho Nölke

Synopsis: Zen for Nothing is a masterly immersion into life at a Japanese Zen monastery over three seasons. Swiss novice Sabine arrives at Antaiji and, after a brief welcome, she begins to learn the monastery rules: how to bow, sit in the meditation hall, carry out movements with chopsticks, etc. There’s more to life there than meditation, farming, and maintenance, however-there are picnics, music, and Wi-Fi. And after the last snow has melted away, the nuns and monks travel to Osaka, where they recite sutras in front of subway entrances as they solicit offerings in their traditional monk’s robes. Quotes from renowned abbot Kodo Sawaki are interjected throughout. Simple and beautifully filmed, this is Into Great Silence meets Enlightenment Guaranteed, with composer Fred Frith performing the eclectic, elegant score. -Freer Gallery of Art

Diamantino (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray and DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 24, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Comedy / 96 min / NR / Color

Director: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt
Starring: Carloto Cotta, Cleo Tavares, Anabela Moreira

Synopsis: When big-hearted but dimwitted Portuguese soccer hunk Diamantino (Carloto Cotta, Tabu) blows it in the World Cup finals, he goes from superstar to laughing stock overnight. His sheltered worldview is further shattered after learning about the European refugee crisis and he resolves to make amends by adopting an African refugee-only to find that his new “son” is actually an undercover lesbian tax auditor investigating him on the suspicion of corruption. From there, Diamantino gets swept up in a gonzo comic odyssey involving cigarette-smoking evil twins, Secret Service skullduggery, mad science genetic modification, and a right-wing anti-EU conspiracy. Vividly photographed in Super 16mm and featuring the biggest stampedes of giant Pekingese puppies you’ve ever seen, Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s genre-blending and gender-bending satire is the high-camp masterpiece of 2019!

Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud (Kino Classics, Blu-ray and DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 24, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Drama / 106 min / NR / Color

Director: Claude Sautet
Starring: Emmanuelle Béart, Michel Serrault, Jean-Hugues Anglade

Synopsis: Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud, starring the luminous Emmanuelle Béart (Mission: Impossible), is the profoundly moving final lm from masterful French director Claude Sautet (Un coeur en hiver). Nelly (Béart), 25, is stuck in a loveless marriage while barely making ends meet. A friend introduces her to the wealthy and much older Arnaud (Michel Serrault, La Cage aux Folles) in order to help him write his memoirs. Thus begins a playful, tentative flirtation that is forever threatening to bloom into a romance. But instead Nelly gets involved with Arnaud’s charming editor (Jean-Hugues Anglade, La Femme Nikita). Arnaud and Nelly get stuck in a silent dance of sideways glances and off-hand gestures, the secret choreography of unrequited love. Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud, winner of Best Actor (Michel Serrault) and Best Director at the César Awards, is a poignant, bittersweet, and beautifully performed romance that stands as an exquisite capstone to Sautet’s brilliant career.

Bonus Features: AUDIO COMMENTARY BY FILM HISTORIAN KAT ELLINGER * BOOKLET ESSAY BY FILM CRITIC JONATHAN ROSENBAUM * ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER

Un coeur en hiver (A Heart in Winter) (Kino Classics, Blu-ray and DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 24, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Drama / 104 min / NR / Color

Director: Claude Sautet
Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Béart, André Dussollier

Synopsis: Daniel Auteuil (Caché), Emmanuelle Béart (Mission: Impossible) and André Dusollier (Amélie) star in this sublimely sensual, provocative and critically-acclaimed lm from director Claude Sautet (Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud). Camille (Béart), a concert violinist, becomes intrigued by her lover’s business partner Stephane (Auteuil), an aloof restorer of musical instruments. She interprets his distance as a kind of flirtation, but Stephane is more of a voyeur, preferring to watch than engage in romance. A bizarre love triangle forms in which each member slowly unveils their imperfections and insecurities. Un Coeur en Hiver (A Heart in Winter) is a sexy and enthralling lm that unearths the origins of desire.

Bonus Features: Audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger * Trailers

The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin’(Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: September 24, 2019
DVD SRP: $19.95

Documentary / 86 min / NR / Color

Director: Michelle Esrick
Starring: Larry Brilliant, Enzio Marchello, Hugh Romney

Synopsis: The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin’ takes us on an unforgettable trip through the extraordinary life of beatnik poet, clown, activist and former Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream flavor Wavy Gravy. Now presented in a special edition DVD with new bonus features!

Through candid interviews with Wavy’s family and friends, including Jackson Browne, Odetta and Bonnie Raitt, and close encounters with Wavy himself, Saint Misbehavin’ paints a moving and surprising portrait of his lifelong commitment to peace, justice and compassion. This riveting film shows how we can all make a difference-and have fun doing it! Exploring the man behind the countercultural icon, The Wavy Gravy Movie showcases the humanity and intelligence of this Holy Fool and his devotion to basic human needs.

From keeping the peace at Woodstock to his present-day mission providing for sight-saving operations in developing countries and co-directing Camp Winnarainbow, this entertaining and captivating documentary reveals the deep determination of a truly one-of-a-kind individual. A testament to the sheer joy of living a life of service to humankind and our planet, The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin’ will enrich and inspire. Wavy’s message is timeless, and needed now more than ever before!

Bonus Features: New interview with Wavy Gravy and his wife Jahanara Romney, New audio commentary with Wavy Gravy, Jahanara Romney, and director Michelle Esrick And over 55 minutes of extra scenes!

This Magnificent Cake! (GKIDS, Blu-ray and DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 24, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Animation / 46 min / NR / Color

Director: Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels
Starring: Jan Decleir, Bruno Levie, Paul Huvenne

Synopsis: An official selection at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival, This Magnificent Cake! (Ce Magnifique Gâteau!) is an unforgettable work of stop-motion animation exploring the bitter milieu of Belgium-occupied Congo. In the late 19th century, keen to compete with other European imperial powers on the continent, King Leopold II of Belgium proclaimed, “I do not want to miss a good chance of getting us a slice of this magnificent African cake.” The subsequent occupation of the Congo would come to attract a contingent of servants, merchants and miscellaneous bourgeois driven by everything from insatiable greed to existential fear. From the intimate stories of these characters-many of whom pass through a luxury hotel in the middle of the jungle-emerges a greater narrative concerning the imperialist mentality. In a film by turns surreal, darkly comic and brutal, directors Marc James Roels and Emma de Swaef ultimately turn their critical gaze on the colonists themselves in a work of stunning, mysterious beauty.

Bonus Features: Behind-the-scenes gallery * Interview with Marc James Roels, The Burden(2017, a short film by Niki Lindroth von Bahr), Oh Willy… (2012, a short film by Emma De Swaef & Marc James Roels)

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