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11 Flowers

A moving coming-of-age tale set in the final days of China's Cultural Revolution by one of China's foremost Sixth Generation directors, 11 Flowers is the story of 11-year-old Wang who lives with his family in a remote village in Guizhou province.

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49 Up

In 1964 a group of seven year old children were interviewed for the documentary Seven Up. Director Michael Apted has been back to film them every seven years since, examining the progression of their lives. Now they are 49.

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56 Up

The original concept was to interview children from diverse backgrounds from all over England about their lives and their future dreams. Every seven years, director Michael Apted has returned to talk to them about their progress. Now they are 56.

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Art of Filmmaking, The

This box set features five documentaries: Tales from the Script, Directors: Life Behind the Camera, Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary, Light Keeps Me Company and Lavender Limelight: Lesbians in Film.

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Best of Boys in Love, The

The Best of Boys in Love features seven diverse award-winning gay short films: Achilles, Boot Camp, Death in Venice, CA,Karen Black Like Me, SPF 2000, Twilight of the Gods, and Dirty Baby Does Fire Island.

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Birth of the Living Dead

In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars.

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Casting By

Tom Donahue combines archival material and interviews with Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges, Martin Scorsese and many more to tell the story of legendary casting director Marion Dougherty, and Hollywood's most unheralded profession.

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Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters

Enter the foreboding world of Chet Zar, an influential figure in the Dark Art Movement, where apocalyptic industrial landscapes are inhabited by monstrosities. Sometimes gruesome, periodically funny, but always thought-provoking, Zar's art is as enigmatic as it is frightening.

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Dying of the Light, The

The Dying of the Light explores the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the stories of the last generation of career projectionists. The result is a loving tribute to the art of the movies -- and to the unseen people who brought the light to our screens.

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Hans Richter: Everything Turns - Everything Revolves

Hans Richter: Everything Turns - Everything Revolves celebrates the life of the Dadaist, abstract painter and experimental filmmaker who was a major force in redefining art in the 20th century. His 1920s experimental films "Rhythmus 21" and "Ghosts Before Breakfast" established film as a unique art form, liberated from the theatrical conventions of script and actors.

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Last Cab to Darwin

Rex is a cab driver who has never left the town of Broken Hill. When he discovers he doesn't have long to live, he decides to drive to Darwin to die on his own terms. But along the way he discovers that before you can end your life you've got to live it.

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Naples '44

Benedict Cumberbatch gives life to the words of British soldier Norman Lewis, whose remarkable memoir of post-World War II Naples form the basis for this haunting evocation of a ravaged land, and later a city of infinite charm.

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One Cut, One Life

When seminal documentarian Ed Pincus, considered the father of first person non-fiction film, is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he and collaborator Lucia Small team up to make one last film.

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Sex(ed)

Sex(ed) captures the humor, shock and vulnerability people face when learning about sex, through the lens of the often hilarious, only sometimes informative, sex-ed films from 1910 to the present day.

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Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe

The official Austrian entry for Foreign Language Feature at 2016 Oscars, Stefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe tells the story of the Austrian Jewish writer and his life in exile from 1936 to 1942.

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Through a Lens Darkly

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.

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Tokyo Fiancee

In this entertaining romantic comedy, Amelie, a French tutor in Tokyo, finds herself in a passionate relationship with her only student, the charming Rinri. As the two explore the joys of their first real romance, many cultural barriers fall...but some still remain.

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Up Series, The

In 1964 a group of seven year old children were interviewed for the documentary "Seven Up". Director Michael Apted has been back to film them every seven years since. This seven disc box set includes all eight films in the series to date.

  Aberdeen- Stellan Skarsgard, Lena Headey and Charlotte Rampling star in this moving drama about an alcoholic who is reunited with his estranged daughter.

Absurdistan- Welcome to Absurdistan, a small village in the high desert mountains, just on the outskirts of reality, where magical visions and bizarre events fuse together, but the sexes are divided.

Alice- The Czech master animator Jan Svankmajer creates a surrealist dream universe with his interpretation of Lewis Carroll's classic tale of childhood, Alice in Wonderland.

Almost Peaceful- Set during the largely unexplored period immediately following World War II, the film follows a group of mostly Jewish Parisians who attempt to restart their lives and rekindle their capacity for happiness in the shadow of unspeakable horrors.

Altiplano- High in the Andes of Peru, silent but deadly traces of mercury bring illness and death to a local village. Seeking retribution, the villagers mistakenly attribute the outbreak to Western doctors who work in the mountains. Two women are brought together in this haunting film about our divided yet inextricably intertwined world.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress-
Based on the best-selling novel set during China's cultural revolution, this acclaimed film is about two young men who are sent to a remote mountain village for a Maoist re-education.

Bliss- Adapted from internationally acclaimed author Zülfü Livaneli’s novel, Bliss is an unconventional road movie in which the executioner of an honour killing and his victim go on a journey of self-discovery.

Born in Flames- The movie that rocked the foundations of the early Indie film world, this provocative classic is a comic fantasy of female rebellion set ten years after the Second American Revolution.

Boyfriends- Three gay male couples, each at varying stages of couplehood, converge on a beautiful English country house for a supposedly relaxing Easter weekend. What ensues is a witty exploration of gay relationships in the 90's.

Bridesmaid, The- Directed by Claude Chabrol and based on the novel by Ruth Rendell. It's love at first sight when Senta falls into the life of handsome young Philippe, but Philippe soon discovers that Senta's life is shrouded in mystery.

Bright Leaves- Using the Hollywood melodrama "Bright Leaf" as a jumping off point, filmmaker Ross McElwee reaches back to his roots in this witty rumination on American History, tobacco, and the myth of cinema.

Butterfly, The- Eight-year-old Elsa and her mother move in next to Julien, an ornery old entomologist with a lavish butterfly collection in his apartment.

Capturing Reality- Featuring interviews with 38 directors and 163 film clips from classics such as Grey Gardens and The Thin Blue Line, as well as recent work like Darwin’s Nightmare and Touching the Void, Capturing Reality explores the complex creative process that goes into making non-fiction films.

Carmo, Hit the Road- Marco is a lonely handicapped Spanish smuggler, driving through Brazil to sell his cheap goods. When two bandits assault him, he is saved by Carmo, a beautiful local girl. Carmo and Marco begin an intense romance that takes them on a lawless, reckless journey through the breathtaking South American landscape.

Cow, The- In a small village in Iran, Hassan cherishes his cow more than anything in the world. The Cow won great acclaim at the Venice Film Festival after being smuggled out of Iran in 1971.

Cup Final- When an Israeli soldier is captured by a band of PLO fighters en route to Beirut, a passion for soccer leads to a tale of shared humanity.

Dad on the Run- Fueled by klezmer and set in the Paris night world, Dad On The Run is an intelligent & hilarious screwball comedy involving Bar Mitzvahs, frozen fish and a misplaced foreskin.

Dance for Camera- Selected from festivals in Europe and North America, and winners of over 17 international awards, these six dance films are among the most outstanding examples of a new genre that merges dance and film.

Dance for Camera 2- From a Butoh-inspired portrait of a demented aristocrat, to a sensual bedroom metamorphosis, this latest collection of award-winning dance films from around the world will "bewitch, bedazzle and bewilder!"

Deserted Station- In this lyrical and intimately nuanced story conceived by Abbas Kiarostami and starring Leila Hatami, a photographer and his young wife are stranded in a remote Iranian village after their car breaks down.

Dreaming Lhasa- Karma, a Tibetan filmmaker from New York, goes to India to make a documentary about former political prisoners who have escaped from Tibet. There she embarks on a journey into Tibet's fractured past and a voyage of self-discovery.

Eames: The Architect and the Painter- The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: the Architect and the Painter is the first film dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work.

Early Works of Cheryl Dunye- A collection of six short fiction films by Cheryl Dunye, one of the most provocative and humorous lesbian filmmakers of our time. Includes: Greetings from Africa, The Potluck and the Passion, An Untitled Portrait, Vanilla Sex, She Don't Fade, and Janine.

Electric Shadows- From one of China's newest cinematic voices comes a charming tale about the days when the cinema enchanted China's masses, and audiences breathed and dreamed as one.

Films of Michael Sporn, The- This box set includes 12 films on 6 discs from the award-winning animator Michael Sporn. Including: Whitewash , The Talking Eggs, The Hunting of the Snark and more.

Garbo the Spy- Juan Pujol Garcia, self-made double agent, is the only person to have been decorated by both the Allies and the Axis for service during World War II. In this documentary thriller, director Edmon Roch interweaves fragments of propaganda footage, interviews with key players in Pujol's life, and clips from Hollywood films. 

Ghosted- Monika Treut's mysterious love story about a Hamburg artist, Sophie, who is trying to come to terms with her Taiwanese lover Ai-Ling's murder.
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Go For Zucker- Dani Levy's controversial and hilarious contemporary farce about pool shark and all-around hustler Jaeckie Zucker is the first German-Jewish comedy to come out of Germany since World War II.

Hamsun- In this epic story of love and treason, Max von Sydow gives a career-crowning performance as Knut Hamsun, Norway’s controversial Nobel Laureate who embraced Hitler .

I, The Worst of All- In 17th century Mexico, the brilliant and beautiful poet Sister Juana Ines de la Cruz (Assumpta Serna) enters a convent, and the local vicereine (Dominique Sanda) becomes her protectress and erotic muse.

Kira's Reason- Enjoying life in their mid-thirties, Kira and her husband Mads have a large house and two wonderful children. Their world is perfectly secure and comfortable until Kira develops a psychiatric disorder. A Dogme Film

Lavender Limelight- Lavender Limelight: Lesbians in Film goes behind the scenes to reveal America’s most successful lesbian directors.  These talented movie-makers enlighten and entertain as they explore their sexual identity, growing up gay, inspirations and techniques, Hollywood vs. Indie, and of course, love and sex, on screen and off. 

Leila- From Dariush Mehrjui, one of Iran's greatest directors, comes this beautiful and mesmerizing story of love, conflict and tradition.

Lesbian Nation- This entertaining collection of lesbian-friendly cinema features the short films Carmelita Tropicana; Jumping the Gun; Little Women in Transit; Playing the Part , and the documentary Lavender Limelight: Lesbians in Film.

L'Iceberg- After Fiona, the manager of a fast-food restaurant, gets accidentally locked into a walk-in freezer, she develops an obsession for everything cold and icy. One day she drops everything and leaves home- for a real iceberg.

Light Keeps Me Company- An intimate look at the life of legendary Swedish cinematographer Sven Nykvist, including interviews with Ingmar Bergman, Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, and more.

Like It Is- London's gay club world comes alive in this sexy, funny drama about two young men who fall in love despite enormously different backgrounds. With Roger Daltrey.

Little Girl- In a run-down park on the outskirts of Rome, a two year-old girl is discovered and taken in by a family of hard-luck circus performers. As the bond grows between the girl and her surrogate family, this naturalistic drama becomes a revealing and soulful portrait of courage and discrimination, and of loss and togetherness.

Making the Boys- Before Prop 8, Milk or Will & Grace, The Boys in the Band changed everything. Making the Boys explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience.

Meredith Monk: Inner Voice- This documentary, which follows composer/ singer/ director/ choreographer Meredith Monk as she creates a new piece entitled Songs of Ascension, illuminates the artist at work, while also revealing her compelling personal history.

My Führer- December 1944: the “total war” is as good as totally lost. Goebbels, however, isn’t willing to be so easily defeated. On New Year’s Day, the Führer is supposed to re-ignite the public’s fighting spirit with an aggressive speech. The only problem is that the Führer can’t do it. Sick and depressive, he is avoiding the public. The only person who can now help is his former acting teacher, Adolf Grünbaum… a Jew.

Nobody Else But You- Rousseau is a crime novelist troubled by writer’s block. Candice is a local beauty, gracing the famous ”Belle de Jura” cheese packaging, who has gotten it into her head that she might well be the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe.  The two will meet in the coldest village in France, in an off-beat mystery breathes fresh life into the thriller genre.

Parting Glances-Starring Steve Buscemi, this pioneering work of gay cinema tells the surprisingly funny, wonderfully acted story of a man and his former and current lovers, set in the gay scene of Manhattan.

Peach- Peach stars Lucy Lawless as a sexy tow truck driver attracted to a young Maori woman.

Personals, The- Honored at the Cannes Film Festival, The Personals is the story of a strong-willed woman navigating through a world of thwarted dreams and endless longing.

Petites Freres- A wonderful follow-up from Jacques Doillon, director of Ponette, Petits Freres is the gritty and lyrical story of a young girl who finds real friendship in a Paris housing project.

Photographic Memory- Filmmaker Ross McElwee (Sherman’s March, Bright Leaves) finds himself in frequent conflict with his son, a young adult who seems addicted to and distracted by the virtual worlds of the internet.

Prince Cinders- This animated film is an outrageously funny twist on the classic fairy tale Cinderella.

The Quarry- Acclaimed Irish actor John Lynch stars as the strangely sympathetic fugitive who battles inner demons in this 'provocative, mysterious thriller!' (New York Times)

The Ross McElwee Collection- Six films on five discs including four films never before released on DVD!: Charleen, Backyard, Sherman's March, Bright Leaves, Time Indefinite, Six O'Clock News.

Save Me- This acclaimed drama is a nuanced and sympathetic look at both sides of one of the most polarizing debates in America: the conflict between homosexuality and Christianity.

Seaside- Beautiful young Marie works at a pebble processing plant in Cayeux, a small beach town in France. Her boyfriend, Paul, doesn’t understand Marie’s dreamy temperament and stifles her with his clumsy love. She wants to leave, and when Albert, a young executive at the plant gets fired, he seems like a genuine Prince Charming.

Secret Society- The story of Daisy, twenty years old and plump as a dumpling, and her adoring husband Ken. When Ken discovers that Daisy has joined a "secret society" of women sumo wrestlers, Daisy is forced to make a difficult decision.

September 11- Eleven acclaimed directors each make an 11 minute short film in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The result is a daring and moving global cinematic reply that "forces us to look at the entire event afresh." (The New York Times).

Sherman's March- Ross McElwee's autobiographical quest for true romance along the original route of General Sherman's Civil War March.

Silent Waters- Silent Waters is set in 1979 in Pakistan, when General Zia-ul-Haq took control of the country and stoked the fires of Islamic nationalism.

Something To Do With the Wall- In 1986, Ross McElwee and Marilyn Levine were making a film about the Berlin Wall. But in 1989, as the original film neared completion, the Wall came down. They returned to Berlin, this time to capture the radically different atmosphere of the city.

Somewhere in the City- This hilarious underground comedy deftly threads the overlapping stories of six strange but lovable residents of a NYC tenement apartment building. With Sandra Bernhard.

Special Treatment- Isabelle Huppert stars as a high-class prostitute who serves up sexual fantasies for her clientele. When she crosses paths with a neurotic psychoanalyst facing a marriage crisis, the two quickly realize their professions share a thing or two in common as they navigate the overlapping worlds of psychotherapy and sex therapy.

Strangers in Good Company- The surprising hit about seven old women stranded at a deserted farmhouse, miles from civilization, who turn a crisis into a magical time of humor and spirit.

Tales from the Script- Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), and dozens of other Hollywood screenwriters share penetrating insights and hilarious anecdotes in the most comprehensive documentary ever made about screenwriting.

Time Indefinite- Ross McElwee's hilariously profound sequel to his much-beloved hit Sherman's March.

To Die For- The hit British gay comedy about cruising...in the afterlife! Simon and Mark are lovers who live together in a sexually open arrangement. When Mark dies, Simon represses his grief. But shrugging off the past isn't so easy.

Virgin Machine, The- In this film by Monika Treut, a young journalist, foiled in her attempts to find romantic love in her native Hamburg, moves to San Francisco and discovers the rich lesbian scene.

Vito- Directed by award-winner Jeffrey Schwarz, Vito paints a galvanizing portrait of Vito Russo, author of the seminal book The Celluloid Closet and an outspoken activist in the LGBT community’s struggle for equal rights.

Watermelon Woman, The- A Film by Cheryl Dunye. An inventive romantic comedy about a young woman who meets the girl of her dreams, Guin Turner (Go Fish), while making a film about an obscure black actress from the 1930's.

Who is Henry Jaglom?- Hailed by some as a genius, a feminist voice and a maverick of American cinema, dismissed by others as a voyeuristic, egomaniacal fraud and the "world's worst director," Henry Jaglom obsessively confuses and abuses the line between life and art.

Wolves of Kromer, The- Narrated by Boy George and with tongue firmly in cheek,
The Wolves of Kromer
is both a modern gay parable and a playful, romantic comedy.