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9th June, 2017

THE SAGA OF ANATAHAN features as part of Eureka's August 2017 line up

Steve-Eureka

Our August titles have now all been announced through our social media channels, and are set to feature Josef von Sternberg’s The Saga of Anatahan and Naomi Kawase's The Mourning Forest, both titles new to the Masters of Cinema Series, alongside a re-issue of The Passion of Joan of Arc.

 

Josef von Sternberg – the innovative director with an unmatched eye for detail and a reputation for his intensity – brings to life this vulnerable tale of human trauma, survival and redemption. Set during the dying stages of World War II, The Saga of Anatahan tells the story of twelve Japanese seaman stranded on a forgotten island for seven years. Accompanied only by Keiko (Akemi Negishi), a young Japanese woman, all rationality and discipline are soon overcome by a struggle for power and control over Keiko’s affections. Narrated by Sternberg himself, the director positions himself as the story’s unconscious viewpoint amidst his other trademark qualities: lush mise-en-scene, theatrical lighting and bleak yet poignant storytelling. The Saga of Anatahan will be released on Blu-Ray for the first time in the UK in a special Dual Format edition on 14 August 2017. Available to pre-order now http://amzn.to/2s3SsBX

 

Ten years after becoming the youngest winner of the Caméra d’Or, Naomi Kawase returned to Cannes and claimed the prestigious Grand Prix for The Mourning Forest [Mogari no mori], a beautiful and contemplative portrait of grief.  Machiko (Machiko Ono) is a young nurse who still carries the burden of her young son’s death. Shigeki (Shigeki Uda) is an elderly widower and a resident at the nursing home where Machiko works. After celebrating Shigeki’s birthday, Machiko takes him for a drive in the countryside, but their car breaks down and Shigeki absconds into the nearby forest. Machiko has no choice but to follow, and they become lost in the dense woodlands, before their fates eventually become entwined. Drawing comparisons to Shohei Imamura (particularly his Palme d’Or winning The Ballad of Narayama) and Terence Malick, Naomi Kawase’s The Mourning Forest is a hauntingly beautiful, symbolically rich masterpiece, and will be released for the first time ever on Blu-ray, in a special Dual Format edition on 21 August 2017. Available to pre-order now http://amzn.to/2rTleTZ

 

One of the most emotional film experiences of any era, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 The Passion of Joan of Arc [La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc / Jeanne d’Arc’s lidelse og dod.] is a miracle of the cinema, an enigmatic and profoundly moving work that merges the worlds of the viewer and of saintly Joan herself into one shared experience of hushed delirium.  Dreyer’s film charts the final days of Joan of Arc as she undergoes the debasement that accompanies her trial for charges of heresy – through her imprisonment and execution at the stake.  The portrayal of Joan by Renée Maria Falconetti is frequently heralded as the all-time finest performance in the history of film, and Dreyer’s unusual and virtuosic method, in seeming to render the very soul of his actress, vaulted the director decisively into the ranks of the art form’s supreme geniuses. The re-issue will feature a special edition O-card (first pressing only) and new artwork inside., available from 21 August 2017. Available to Pre-order now http://amzn.to/2rTe01X

 

We also revealed that The Tiger, a breathtaking action adventure from one of Korea’s finest writer-directors, Park Hoon-jung, will be released on DVD exclusively in store to Sainsbury's Supermarket on 26 June 2017.  Following a tragic accident involving the loss of his beloved wife, renowned hunter Man-duk (Choi Min-sik, Old Boy, Lucy) has retired his rifle and become a humble herb gatherer limping amongst his cherished mountains with his son. But with the arrival of Japanese soldiers determined to find a legendary great tiger, Man-duk finds himself pulled into one final hunt for his own personal redemption and closure. 

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