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Artificial Eye - New Acquisitions

Continuing in its tradition for releasing the very best of world cinema, Artificial Eye is pleased to announce the acquisition of several classic titles to enhance its home entertainment offering.

To coincide with the theatrical release of the remarkable The Beaches of Agnes, Artificial Eye has acquired the Films of Agnes Varda DVD Collection including: Cléo From 5 To 7, Vagabond, and Jacquot de Nantes .

To celebrate Michael Haneke’s eagerly awaited new film, The White Ribbon, Artificial Eye has added to its already impressive Haneke catalogue with Funny Games, Benny’s Video, The Seventh Continent and 71 Fragments Of A Chronology of Chance.

Also acquired for DVD is the Early Masterpieces by Ingmar Bergman collection, including: Dreams, The Naked Light (Sawdust and Tinsel), A Ship Bound for India, So Close To Life, It Rains On Our Love and the documentaries The Women and Bergman, and The Men and Bergman.

Together with these sought after collections, rights have also been acquired for Nicolas Philibert’s acclaimed documentaries Être et Avoir and Return To Normandy, and René Allio’s unique and original I, Pierre Rivierre.

The company is also delighted to announce the UK theatrical acquisitions of The Beaches of Agnes; the acclaimed Satyajit Ray Award-winning Mid-August Lunch; the vivid and cinematic Birdwatchers; and winner of the FIPRESCI Prize I Am Going To Explode (Voy a Explotar).

Please find more detail on these titles below.

To be released Summer 2009

Cléo From 5 to 7
A chronicle of the minutes of one woman’s life, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a spirited mix of vivid vérité and melodrama, featuring a score by Michel Legrand (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and cameos by Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina.

Sandrine Bonnaire won the Best Actress César for her portrayal of the defiant young drifter Mona in Agnès Varda’s sparse, poetic drama.

Jacquot de Nantes
Varda's tribute to her husband, Jacques Demy, is an engrossing and moving evocation of his childhood. Wonderful performances by a cast of unknowns are interspersed with home footage of Demy and clips from his films.

To be released May 2009

Anticipating the release of Haneke’s eagerly awaited new film, The White Ribbon, Artificial Eye is pleased to announce the addition of the following classic titles to its already impressive Haneke catalogue.

Funny Games
The powerful original version of Haneke’s disturbing tale about a family subjected to a horrifying ordeal by two cold-blooded strangers.

Benny’s Video
A disturbing portrait of a young boy alienated from the world, whose preferred mediums of experience are video cameras, action movies, and the surveillance monitors in his room.

The Seventh Continent
Based on a true story, Haneke’s first theatrical feature is a terrifying depiction of a family’s disintegration.

71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance
Haneke combines newsreel footage with stories of urban disconnection in this quietly powerful critique of television and the media.

Être Et Avoir (Nicolas Philibert)
To be released late Spring 2009

This acclaimed documentary charts the events within a small single-class village school over the course of one academic year. Winner of a host of international awards, Etre et Avoir is a enchanting portrait of the children and of their wise old teacher.

I, Pierre Rivierre (René Allio)
To be released Summer 2009

Based on documents compiled by leading French philosopher Michel Foucault, this unique and original film charts the gruesome events which took place in a Normandy village in 1835, when a young man, Pierre Rivière, murdered his mother, sister and brother before fleeing to the countryside.

Return To Normandy (Nicolas Philibert)
To be released Summer 2009

In 1975, director Nicolas Philibert (Etre et Avoir) was a young assistant to film-maker René Allio during the making of ‘I, Pierre Riviere’. Thirty years after the film's release, Philibert takes his camera back to the region, creating a captivating documentary about the lives of its stars during the intervening years.


This dark comedy revolves around two women in the fashion business, one photographer and one model... and around them husbands, fiancées, lovers, business partners.

The Naked Night (Sawdust and Tinsel)
Considered amongst connoisseurs as one of Bergman’s gems this early, expressionistic masterpiece centres around a small, run down circus troupe, touring the south of Sweden at the turn of the century.

A Ship Bound For India
Inspired by the cinema of Marcel Carné, this story of four disparate souls whose lives are bound up in the fate of an old salvage boat explores the inner turmoil experienced by the protagonists.

So Close to Life
This award-winning drama follows the destinies of three different women and their struggles to overcome physical and psychological obstacles.

It Rains on Our Love
Bergman’s second feature is an artistically mature drama about a young couple, each scarred by an unhappy past, who meet by coincidence at a railway station, and fall in love.

The Women and Bergman
The Men and Bergman
Bergman is perhaps above all known as an outstanding director of actors, and often stressed how important and inspiring they were to his work. This fascinating pair of documentaries features contributions from the actors and actresses with whom he worked, creating a fascinating insight portrait of Bergman the director and the man.


The Beaches of Agnes (Agnes Varda)
To be released in cinemas Summer 2009

‘If you opened people up, you would find landscapes; if you opened me up, you would find beaches.’ Agnes Varda
Regarded as the grandmother of the French New Wave, Agnes Varda has made some of the most nuanced, original and thought-provoking films of the past fifty years. In what she says will be her last film, Varda turns her camera on herself, returning to the beaches which have played such a significant part in her life and creates a remarkable self portrait. Placing herself amongst extracts from her films, images and interviews recalling her past, she has fashioned a humorous and illuminating account of her creative work, her life with Jacques Demy, her feminism and her family life.

Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo Di Ferragosto)
To be released in cinemas Summer 2009
FESTIVAL DO RIO 2008: Expectativa 2008
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BRATISLAVA 2008: Best Film; Translata People's Choice Prize for the Best Film
LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 2008: "Luigi De Laurentiis Award" for Best Future Film; Fancesco Pasinetti Award: Best Film; Isvema Award for First or Second Feature Film
THE TIMES BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2008: 13th Annual Satyajit Ray Award
VILLERUPT'S ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2008: Amilcar of the Jury; Special Mention

The directorial debut of one of Italy’s most celebrated screenwriters, Gianni di Gregorio (co-screen writer of Gomorrah), Mid-August Lunch is a charming and delightful tale of a middle-aged man who escapes debt by agreeing to look after the elderly relatives of several colleagues over the Italian holiday weekend in August. Subtle performances and beautiful direction result in a touching drama that captures the trials of age with humour and respect against the languid backdrop of Italy in Summer.

Birdwatchers (La Terra Degli Uomini Rossi)
To be released in cinemas Autumn 2009
Venice International Film Festival 2008

Director of Garage Olimpo and Figli/Hijos, Marco Bechis, writes and directs this vivid, cinematic depiction of the plight of the Guarani Indians of Brazil. Their land and their future are diminishing as the fazenderos mercilessly increase their plantations and exploit the wealth that tourism, the Birdwatchers, brings. Told through the eyes of a young shaman apprentice and the daughter of a fazendero, a real conflict between their people seems inevitable and their future becomes ever more uncertain.

I An Going To Explode (Voy a Explotar)
To be released in cinemas Summer 2009
Awards: Winner FIPRESCI Prize – Thessaloniki Film Festival 2008

Charged with infectious youthful energy, Voy a Explotar focuses on the romantic escapades of Roman, the 15-year-old son of a respected yet corrupt Guanajuato politician, and Maru, an introverted middle-class teenager. Gerardo Naranjo’s genuine and tender treatment of the teenager’s emotions and insecurities serves as the perfect accompaniment to the chaos of Roman and Maru’s love story.

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