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ICA Films in September and October

ICA Films have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Go Master and Her Name is Sabine on 6th October 2008. Priced at £17.99 and £15.99 RRP respectively, there are no announced extras for either title.

Tian Zhuanzhuang’s The Go Master is a biopic of Wu Quingyuan, considered by many to be the greatest player ever of the table game Go. Developed in ancient China but finding a new home in post-Meiji Japan, Go’s adherents treated its rules and regulations in a fashion far stricter and more disciplined than that of its Chinese roots.

Wu Quingyuan was born in China, but moved to Japan at a young age. Rising to prominence as the top Go player in the world, Wu overturned the established traditions and strategies of this ancient game, earning multitudes of fans and enemies along the way. Amidst the fraught relations between Japan and China – Japan’s colonisation of Manchuria and invasion of China in the 1930s, the Pacific War in the 1940s and the Cold War of the 1950s, Wu remained steadfastly in Japan.

Directed by César Award winning actress Sandrine Bonnaire, Her Name is Sabine is a sensitive and very personal portrait of Sandrine’s younger sister Sabine. Combining film footage taken at Sabine’s current care home as well as 25 years of home-movies, Sandrine charts the disturbing and heartbreaking journey of her sister from a young independent woman with special needs to an adult in need of constant supervision.

ICA Films also released two films earlier this month on 8th September 2008. Priced at £15.99 RRP each are the documentaries Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens and Our Daily Bread. Again, neither feature any extras.

A portrait of the life and work of the iconic American photographer, Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens is directed by Annie’s sister Barbara Leibovitz. The film takes us on a journey of discovery in which a highly talented young art school student becomes the premiere photographer and chronicler of her generation.

Our Daily Bread is the third film by director Nikolaus Geyrhalter and is free of commentary, characters, soundtrack and storyline, allowing the viewer to gaze in wonder and awe at how the food we take for granted ends up on our plates. This is industrial food production, plenty of everything, made quickly by a specialised few. Chicks are sorted and spun around sterile machines, pigs trotters are cut off in seconds, whole olive trees are harvested within minutes, salmon are uniformly gutted in seconds, but cows take a bit longer.

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