Tartan's Summer Storm
Tartan Video have sent through a provisional look at their complete Summer release schedule, taking us from June through to the end of September. All titles are subject to change while complete details will be made available closer to the release dates...
Who can predict the Summer weather these days. Sunshine or thunderstorm, there will certainly be no drought of DVDs from Tartan. Gangsters take to the streets of Hong Kong or hustlers cruise the streets of New York. Kevin Bacon, Christian Bale, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt walk along paths of dark and challenging drama. Murderous trucks hunt the highways whilst resentment ripples through creek waters. And you could even travel the film heritage routes of Bergman and Ozu. Here’s some of the highlights for the newt few months. Prepare for your film vacation now.
27th June 2005
Writer-Director Michael Davis blends humour and horror in this US cult hit which is the bastard child of Jeepers Creepers and Evil Dead. Adam is heading to the wedding of his former girlfriend with his irritating buddy Harley along for the ride. Harley’s behaviour angers some redneck locals, and soon they are pursued by a maniacal monster truck which sets on a highway to Hell.
Mayor of The Sunset Strip
David Bowie, Cher, The Doors, Nancy Sinatra, Oasis, No Doubt. All these bands have been championed by legendary DJ, Rodney Bingenheimer, the ‘Mayor of Sunset Strip’, who has been a much-loved figure in LA’s music community for over two decades. A man tinged with melancholy but enthused by music, George Hinkenlooper’s affectionate documentary looks at the man behind the legend, talking to his family and the many of his rock star buddies including Brian Wilson, Joey Ramone, Mick Jagger, Courtney Love and Gwen Stefani.
Ozu Box Set 2 (RRP £29.99) (Region 2)
Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947) is a warmly optimistic tale about a widow who reluctantly shelters a lost boy for the night. Despite reservations, she With commentary by film historian and critic, Derek Malcolm In Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice (1952) a middle-class, middle-aged couple have come to realise their arranged relationship is losing its excitement. One of Ozu’s more light-hearted yet touching films, looking at the nature of rekindled love.
With shades of The Silence of the Lambs and Korea’s own Tell Me Something, Lee Jong-hyuk’s H is a dark thriller which is not for the squeamish, and hides a shock sting in its tale. Starring Jung ah-yum (A Tale of Two Sisters).
4th July 2005
Kevin Bacon stars as Walter, a convicted sex offender who has returned to his hometown after 12 years in prison and is attempting to start a new life. He remains guarded but finds solace with Vickie. But there are those around him who never allow him to escape his past as well as fighting his own inner demons. The films also features Kyra Sedgwick (Singles; Born On The Fourth Of July), Benjamin Bratt (Traffic; Clear And Present Danger) and hip-hop artist Mos Def (Monster’s Ball; The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). Compelling drama from director Nicole Kassell, ands producer Damon Dash, which has accumulated awards internationally, providing a career best for Bacon. www.thewoodsmanfilm.co.uk
Leon Lai, Ekin Cheng, Francis Ng and Karena Lam star in this action thriller from director Benny Chan.
25th July 2005
This psychological thriller from Hong Kong plays on the urban myth of organ theft.
En Attendant Le Deluge
Writer/ director Damien Odoul also stars in this comic film, which has echoes of Monty Python and Buñuel, featuring dream sequences and physical humour. With three films behind him, Odoul is developing a reputation as a director with a singular poetic vision. His debut feature, Le Souffle won critical acclaim and reveals a filmmaker with a passion for exploring different genres and cinematic styles. His second film, Errance, is released on DVD in October.
Paul Morrissey Box Set
Tartan is opening The Factory doors with a parade through the cinematic galleries of Warhol and his long-time collaborator, Paul Morrissey. Having been brought on board to bring a new direction to Warhol’s film projects, he also discovered Velvet Underground. Classic indie film-making from the 60’s underground., featuring the legendary hustler, Joe Dallesandro . A mix of stylish realism, exploitative, experimental spontaneity, sexually frank celebrating Joe’s body in particular.
Flesh (1968), the classic tale of a day-in-the-life of a hustler who’s trying to raise money for an abortion for his wife’s lesbian lover. Riding on the wave of the sexual revolution it’s a self-conscious celebration of the underground culture
Trash (1970) a kind of follow-up to Flesh, follows a sexually impotent drug user and the trashy characters he encounters on his travels, including his transvestite girlfriend (played by Holly Woodlawn, recently seen in Milwaukee, Minnesota). Dallesandro’s usual virility is replaced by impotence.
Heat (1972) an unemployed TV Western star seeks to make his comeback but an ageing movie star offers to help him if he helps in the bedroom. Her lesbian daughter also makes similar demands. A camp take on Sunset Boulevard. Camerawork that loves Dallensandro’s body.
DVD extras include: deleted scenes, short films and behind-the-scenes footage from life in The Factory
1st August 2005
Before becoming the caped crusader, Christian Bale became a different figure of the night with this harrowing portrayal of lathe-shop worker Trevor Reznik, an insomniac troubled by past deeds he can’t remember. If work isn’t hazardous enough, his state of health is leading him into risking his life if only he can uncover the secret that’s darker than his nightmares. Brad Anderson’s atmospheric drama is as haunting as Donnie Darko and offers performance of alarming intensity from Bale. Also starring Jennifer Jason Leigh.
22nd August 2005
Who Killed Bambi?
Gille Marchand’s taut Coma-esque thriller with Laurent Lucas as a sinister surgeon playing power games with his beautiful nursing interm.
Twenty Nine Palms
A photographer is doing a recce for his next photo shoot in the Arizona desert, and has taken along his lover Katia. Thought their journey, they perpetually argue and make love. But one final trip into the desert leads to utterly traumatising events. Never afraid of shocking his audiences and critics alike, Bruno Dumont’s latest film is just as challenging and disturbing as La Vie de Jesus and L’Humanité. Set in barren desert landscapes with a group of non-professional actors, it’s a chilling exploration of uninhibited sexuality and humiliation.
Living illegally in Paris, with her brother, Tiresia is a beautiful Brazilian transsexual. Kidnapped by a poet obsessed with her beauty, he blinds her when her beauty fades when deprived of hormone treatment. Cared for by a young countrygirl, she develops a gift for premonition which brings the wrath of the local parish priest. Director Bertrand Bonello, whose debut film was the controversial The Pornographer, provide his own unique interpretation of a Greek myth and has two actors playing the leading role.
Strike a pose! Travis Klose’s documentary offers a close-up portrait of Japan’s leading photographer of erotica, Noboyoshi Araki. For over 40 years he has blended pornography and photography into an art form. During the course of the film, we watch the man at work who, even in his 60s, has boundless energy and an endless array of women willing to strip and pose for him, often in submissive. Intercut between his studio sessions are interviews with fellow photographers and celebrity admirers such as Björk and Takeshi Kitano.
Lars Von Trier's E-Trilogy
Lars Von Trier is regarded as one of today’s great auteurs of world cinema. His reputation has been built on often controversial even experimental films such as The Idiots, Dancer In The Dark, and Dogville, movies that divide his audiences. However, he found his unique voice with three early projects which have come to be known as the E-Trilogy – Element of Crime, the never previously released Epidemic, and Europa, dramas concerned with nature of identity. For the first time, Tartan presents them a special 4-disc collector’s boxset, containing a wealth of behind-the-scenes material and a fourth disc jam-packed with bonus features, including two shorts films.
26th September 2005
Todd Solondz (Happiness/ Welcome to the Dollhouse) latest modern American fairy tale tackles poignant themes of abortion and identity. After having an abortion, Aviva is desperate to get pregnant again. She meets an oddball mix of people sharing a variety of views and forcing her into different paths of action. More intriguingly, Aviva is inhabited by eight different people providing a wry commentary on race, identity, and gender . Starring Ellen Barkin and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Infernal Affairs 3 (Asia Extreme) (Region 2)
Final part of the acclaimed Hong Kong cop thriller, featuring Andy Lau (House of Flying Daggers, Fulltime Killer) and Tony Leung (2046, Hero). Having been cleared of undercover cop Yan’s death, triad mole Inspector Ming decides to become a cop for good. However trouble begins when another mole shoots himself dead in front on his ex-boss. He’s connected to mainland boss Shen, who was an informant for Yan’s former mentor, Sam. Moving the action between the previous two films, directors Andrew Lau and Alan Mak twist greater depth and complexity into this action-led drama, bringing it full circle as it ends when the first film begins.
Edward is a handsome young man, who suffers short-term memory loss after a martial-arts injury. Every time he has sex he forgets about it an hour later, a perfect situation which can be manipulated by the older Irene. Comparable to Memento, Jean-Pierre Limosin’s sex comedy stars Eduardo Noriega (The Devil’s Backbone and Open Your Eyes), Anna Mouglalis (Merci Pour le Chocolat), Paz Vega (Sex & Lucia) and Julie Gayet (soon to make her English language debut in Richard Jobson’s The Woman In Winter).
Les Clef De Bagnoles (Car Keys)
According to director Laurent Baffie, “anyone who drives for 60 years spends 23 days of their life chasing after their keys”. In his Debut comic feature, he stars as our hapless hero who’s desperately trying to find the car keys he’s lost. During his series of misadventures, he encounters a whole host of characters and situations, featuring cameos from Gerard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Marc Barr, Antoine De Caunes and Vincent Perez.
Les Choses Secretes (Secret Things)
Natalie and Sandrine are bored with their lot. One’s an exotic dancer, the other a barman. Soon after they start a relationship, they both get sacked. However, once they are re-employed they decide to use their sexuality to their advantage. When they both fall for the boss’ son, they never expected him to be more manipulative and amoral than themselves. Jean-Claude Brissau’s (Noce Blanche) handsomely shot drama relishes the sadistic pleasures of office politics. Named 2003 film of the year by France’s prestigious film magazine, Cahiers Du Cinema.
Also on release
Torremolinos 73, a warmly eccentric comedy from Spain starring Bad Education’s Javier Cámara as an encyclopaedia salesman who is forced into making and selling home-made porn videos. His phenomenal success leads to delusions of Bergman grandeur.
Inner Senses, horror from Hong Kong that proved to be Leslie Cheung's final film. (Full Announcement)