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The Breadwinner

Preview by Jack Foley

FROM executive producer Angelina Jolie and twice Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated Kilkenny-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon – the creators of the Academy Award nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, comes the highly-anticipated, award-winning feature The Breadwinner, releasing on Digital Download on September 17 and on Blu-ray and DVD from September 24, 2018. Pre-order now.

The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001.

When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family.

With dauntless perseverance, Parvana draws strength from the stories her father told her, and ultimately risks her life to discover if he is still alive. Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner is a timely and inspiring tale about the transcendent power of stories, and their potential to unite and heal us all.

Based on Deborah Ellis best-selling novel, director Nora Twomey was instantly drawn to the story. After the script was solidified and production began, one of the biggest challenges for the creative team was identifying a clear visual style for the film.

Cartoon Saloon founder and CEO Paul Young, who is also a producer on the film, commented: “In this film, we’ve gone more realistic with the look. We’re introducing a perspective that we’ve never had in our films before.”

Combining various styles of animation (such as cut-out animation) provides the film with a strong visual cue when entering from the real world, Parvana’s experience in Kabul, to the story world, her imagination.

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To celebrate the release of the critically-acclaimed The Breadwinner on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, September 24, 2018, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs The Breadwinner?

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Win Federico Fellini's Juliet of the Spirits on dual edition Blu-ray and DVD

Juliet of the Spirits

Preview by Jack Foley

TWO masterpieces from world revered director Federico Fellini (La Dolce Vita) are released for the first time on Blu-ray and arrive as dual editions including a DVD version courtesy of CultFilms.

His highly influential I Vitelloni is already available, while dazzling first colour film Juliet of the Spirits is also celebrated with a fresh HD restorations that does justice to his original vision.

Winner of the 1966 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, Juliet of the Spirits (Giulietta degli Spiriti) is Fellini’s fantastical first ever feature-length colour film which now makes its Blu-ray debut courtesy of CultFilms on Monday, September 24.

This exceptional HD restoration is released in dual edition including its first ever UK Blu-ray version alongside the DVD, as well as available digitally on all UK platforms.

Hailed as one of the greatest tributes a husband has ever paid to his wife, Fellini’s real life partner Giulietta Masina (La Strada), plays her namesake and delivers a superb performance in this internationally acclaimed classic. (Yet bizarrely it also co-stars Sandra Milo known to be Fellini’s mistress).

Giulietta is a bored, timid and unfulfilled wife. Suspecting her husband’s infidelity, she enters a surreal journey of self-discovery filled with wild dreams and enchanting fantasies, much of which involve her sexually liberated neighbour Suzy (Sandra Milo – 8 1⁄2) .

With a whimsical score from Nino Rota, Fellini moves on from neo-realism and defines ‘Felliniesque’ in this breathtakingly beautiful carnival ride.

Win Federico Fellini’s Juliet of the Spirits on dual edition Blu-ray and DVD

To celebrate the release of Federico Fellini’s Juliet of the Spirits on dual edition Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, September 24, 2018, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who composed the score for Juliet of the Spirits?

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Win Life of the Party on DVD

Life of the Party

Preview by Jack Foley

To mark the release of Life of the Party, out NOW on DVD and Digital Download, we’re giving away a DVD copy of the film.

When her husband suddenly dumps her, long-time dedicated housewife Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) turns regret into reset by going back to college… landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the idea.

Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly outspoken Deanna – now Dee Rock – embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.

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For your chance to win – just answer the following question…

Q: Name the actress who stars in Life of The Party, and has previously appeared in the following Warner Bros. films: Tammy, The Hangover Part 3, Life as We Know It

Simply send the answer to Life of the Party competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

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Win Escape Plan Box Set on DVD (featuring Escape Plan I & 2)

Escape Plan II box set

Preview by Jack Foley

STRAP yourself in for the second instalment of the explosive and electrifying action franchise, as the on-screen forces of Sylvester Stallone (Creed, The Expendables) and Dave Bautista (Blade Runner 2049, Guardians of the Galaxy) combine in Escape Plan 2, available on digital HD from September 10 and on DVD and Blu-Ray from September 17, 2018, courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

Years after Ray Breslin (three-time ACADEMY AWARD© nominee and GOLDEN GLOBE© winner Sylvester Stallone) fought his way out of the escape-proof prison called ‘The Tomb’, he’s organised a new top-notch, for-hire security force that includes some of the best in the business.

But when one of Breslin’s team goes missing – inside a computerised techno-terror battle-maze known as HADES, where human combatants brawl like beasts – Breslin goes back into the secret lock-up to save his friend.

To attempt this near impossible mission, he enlists his old friend Trent Derosa (Dave Bautista) and the returning surveillance expert Hush (Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson), to help him return from the gauntlet with both his friend and his life.

Following on from the success of the first film in 2013, Escape Plan 2 aims to build on the story and characters that connected so well with action movie fans the first time around, elevating them to a whole new white knuckle ride into the dystopian land of the dead.

With some of the action genres biggest hitters coming together, Escape Plan 2 promises audiences one hell of a ride.

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To celebrate the release of Escape Plan II on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, September 17, 2018, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies of the box set, featuring the original and the sequel. Simply answer the following question…

Q. What is the name of Dave Bautista’s character in Escape Plan 2?

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Deadpool 2 - DVD Review

Deadpool 2

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

IF SUPERHERO fatigue is a thing, then the sequel to Deadpool should have had its work cut out not only in avoiding it, but also ensuring that the freshness of its fourth wall shattering, foul-mouthed, ultra violent original didn’t become stale as well.

Fortunately, Deadpool 2 emerges as one of those rare examples of a sequel that actually betters the original. It’s just as brash, funny, inventive, subversive and, yes, offensive as its predecessor; but it arguably has a little more heart, a lot more cash and plays out on a bigger, more confident scale.

And while those that didn’t rate the first Deadpool won’t be swayed here, the core fans – those people that enabled it to become the second highest grossing R-rated film in US history behind The Passion of the Christ – will lap up every extended minute.

Perhaps most remarkably, Deadpool 2 still has the ability to surprise – and that’s in spite of a marketing campaign that has dropped countless trailers, promos, pop videos with Celine Dion and David Beckham apologies.

The plot is quite heavy. What you may well have gleaned from the aforementioned marketing is that part of it involves a teenage mutant named Russell (played by Julian Dennison, of Hunt For The Wilderpeople fame), who needs Deadpool’s help to survive after being targeted by a fellow mutant named Cable (Josh Brolin), who has travelled from the past to kill the young firestarter.

In order to do so, Deadpool (once again played by Ryan Reynolds) creates his own superhero outfit, named X-Force (which includes the likes of Zazie Beetz’s Domino). And then there’s his ongoing relationship with both his true love Vanessa (Morena Baccarin, now ready to start a family), and his extended X-Men family to nurture and/or understand.

Needless to say, not everything plays out in the way you’d expect… not even from watching those countless trailers! Reynolds, who co-scripted with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, clearly enjoys toying with expectation and then shattering it – much in the same way that he revels in tearing down superhero conventions and poking fun at himself and anyone on his pop culture radar.

But another surprise is the way in which he does so without losing sight of some core values. There is an emotional undertow, which allows Reynolds to present a more melancholy version of Deadpool at times – someone at odds with himself and those around him (we won’t say why).

Everyone operates from a place of hurt. And while there are times when the film’s readiness to shoot for laughs sometimes upsets the dramatic momentum, enough of it is retained for Deadpool 2 to land some unexpectedly hefty emotional blows.

Fear not, though. This isn’t the Empire Strikes Back of the Deadpool saga. The laughs still fly thick and fast… some of it crude, some of it lewd, some of it inspired and most of it always outrageous in some way.

There’s a nod to Basic Instinct in one utterly bizarre exchange between Deadpool and his team-mates, an homage to Say Anything, DC put-downs, a running joke about Yentl and Frozen as well as countless non-PC jokes at the expense of everyone and everything (from Hitler to racism via Reynolds’ own acting CV… Green Lantern, anyone?).

Deadpool 2

With John Wick’s David Leitch in the director’s chair, meanwhile, the action becomes increasingly operatic in nature. The choreography is often as stunning as it is wince-inducing, meaning that Deadpool earns every bit of its R-rated/15 certification.

And yet, there’s still room for character growth, with Reynolds managing to take Wade Wilson on a worthwhile emotional journey even from behind the mask, and Brolin’s Cable emerging as a fully rounded character to boot. Beetz and Dennison also make a strong impression.

If not everything lands successfully, it’s perhaps to be expected, and even forgivable, given the extremes to which the film so frequently goes. But that’s part of the appeal. Deadpool 2 is a romp to be indulged in on its own f**ked up terms.

As Deadpool himself might say, it’s a superhero film that exists to be bad for all the right reasons. So why not just go with the flow?

Certificate: 15
Running time: 1hr 59mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: September 17, 2018

Win Jacques Rivette’s The Nun on Blu-ray

The Nun

Preview by Jack Foley

STUDIOCANAL are delighted to announce that, following its selection for Cannes Classics 2018 and its recent screening at the Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Jacques Rivette’s controversial French New Wave The Nun (La religieuse) will make its UK Premiere on DVD/Blu-ray/EST on September 17, 2018.

Banned for two years upon release for its controversial subject matter, with an exception granted for it to premiere at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival to great acclaim, Jacques Rivette’s The Nun is a gem of the French New Wave, encapsulating the turbulent years of the Gaullist government and political instability of France in the 1960s.

Adapted from the 18th Century novel by Denis Diderot, the author of The Lumieres, the film stars Anna Karina (Alphaville, Pierrot le fou) as Suzanne Simonin, a young woman removed from her family home to become a nun against her will.

The character of Suzanne becomes, with Diderot, an allegorical figure of freedom of speech and revolt.

In the XVIII century, Suzanne Simonin (Anna Karina) is locked in a convent against her will. She finds for a while some comfort with the Mother Superior, but then she dies and is replaced by a sadistic woman than cannot stop blaming and punishing Suzanne. The young lady gets the right to move to another convent, however, she remains determined to recover her freedom.

Jacques Rivette (1928 – 2016) was a French film director and film critic, known for his contributions to the French New Wave and the influential magazine (dubbed the ‘instrument of combat’ of the New Wave) Cahiers du Cinéma, of which he was editor throughout the first half of the 1960s.

Extremely prolific throughout his career, Rivette made 29 films, best known among them L’amour fou (1969), Out 1 (1971) and La Belle Noiseuse (1991).

The restoration of The Nun was made in 4K from the original film negative. The 4K resolution reproduces all the information and the details from the 35mm film and re-establishes on big screen the beauty of Jacques Rivette’s images and the delicacy of Alain Levent’s photography.

The sound has also been restored from the negative sound (the only compliant element).

This restoration was carried out by the laboratory L’immagine Ritrovata under the supervision of STUDIOCANAL and Mrs. Véronique Manniez-Rivette, and lasted five months, benefiting from the support of the French National Center For Cinema And Animated Image, The French Cinematheque and the Franco-american Cultural Fund-DGA-MPA-SACEM-WGAW.

Win Jacques Rivette’s The Nun on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of The Nun on Blu-ray on Monday, September 17, 2018, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on Blu-ray. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who wrote the 18th Century novel upon which The Nun is based?

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Iceman - Preview

Iceman

Preview by Jack Foley

RIVETING, unique, and visually stunning – the ground-breaking epic revenge thriller Iceman will be available to own on DVD and Blu-ray on September 17, 2018. Available to pre-order now

Inspired by the discovery of Ötzi The Iceman, the oldest known human mummy found in 1991, approximately 5,300 years after his death, Iceman is an immersive, universal story of survival and revenge. Staring Juergen Vogel (The Wave), Susanne Wuest (Goodnight Mommy), André Hennicke (Downfall) and Franco Nero (Django), Iceman is brought to the screen by writer/director Felix Randau (Northern Star, The Calling Game).

The Ötztal Alps, more than 5,300 years ago. A Neolithic clan has settled nearby a creek. It is their leader Kelab’s responsibility to be the keeper of the group’s holy shrine Tineka.

While Kelab is hunting, the settlement is attacked. The members of the tribe are brutally murdered, amongst them Kelab’s wife and son, only one newborn survives… and Tineka is gone.

Blinded by pain and fury, Kelab is out for one thing alone – vengeance. He sets out after the murderers on what turns into a grand odyssey where he must fight constantly – for the infant’s survival; against the immense forces of nature; against hunters he encounters; and, amongst the loneliness of the quest, against a growing sense of doubt over the morality of his mission.

Told with minimal dialogue in an extinct dialect and without subtitles, Iceman offers a unique and fascinating cinematic experience which walks in the footsteps of ancestry to investigate a five-thousand-year-old murder mystery.

A revenge thriller like no other – Iceman will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD across the UK by Bulldog Film Distribution on September 17, 2018.

Win Take Shelter on Limited Edition Blu-ray

Take Shelter

Hollywood favourites Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain star in the highly acclaimed, mesmerising psychological thriller Take Shelter, which is set for a deluxe UK Limited Edition Blu-ray release courtesy of Second Sight.

This gripping, edge-of-the-seat drama earned plaudits galore on its cinema release and now arrives in stunning high definition, with new and archive special features, including cast interviews and a brand new director interview. Take Shelter will be presented in limited edition packaging and includes a stunning collector’s 40-page perfect bound book and will be available from September 3, 2018.

Curtis LaForche (Shannon, The Shape of Water) lives a contented family life in a small Ohio town with his wife Samantha (Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty) and their six-year-old daughter, Hannah (Tova Stewart). When he begins to have recurring nightmares of an impending apocalyptic storm he questions his sanity but prepares for the worst by building a storm shelter. As he becomes increasingly plagued by visions his behaviour grows ever more erratic, alienating friends and putting his livelihood and marriage in jeopardy. Are his visions premonitions or is Curtis losing his mind?

With its astounding atmosphere of impending doom and powerhouse performances Take Shelter is one of the most compelling thrillers of recent times.

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To celebrate the release of Take Shelter on Limited Edition Blu-ray on September 3, 2018, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs Take Shelter (Clue, the answer is in our review)?

A) David Lowery
B) Alfonso Cuaron
C) Jeff Nicholls

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Win Last Year In Marienbad on DVD

Last Year In Marienbad

Preview by Jack Foley

A stunning new restoration of one of the most enigmatic and distinctive films ever made, Last Year In Marienbad, comes to astonishing high definition on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on September 17, 2018.

The astounding collaboration between acclaimed French director Alain Resnais (Night and Fog, Hiroshima Mon Amour) and leading French novelist Alain Robbe-Grillet is a key moment in the French New Wave. Pre-order now.

Widely regarded as Resnais’s greatest work, this latest release from STUDIOCANAL’s Vintage World Cinema series boasts brand new bonus materials including two short films by Resnais, two featurettes, an interview with Film Historian Ginette Vincendeau, and more.

In a baroque spa hotel, an unnamed sophisticate (Giorgio Albertazzi) attempts to persuade a similarly unnamed married woman (Delphine Seyrig) that they have not only previously met, but that they were also romantically involved and had planned to elope together. The woman recalls no such encounter and so begins a sensual and philosophical examination of the uncertainty of truth.

Delphine Seyrig’s costumes were designed by Coco Chanel, who have kindly supported the new restoration and are hosting an event following the Venice Festival screening.

Strikingly composed and beautifully shot in Cinemascope by Sacha Vierny, Last Year In Marienbad hypnotically merges chronology to radically blur the boundaries of reality and fantasy. A seductive and utterly fascinating cinematic puzzle.

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Q. Who directs Last Year In Marienbad?

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Win Madame on DVD

Madame

Preview by Jack Foley

TONI Collette and Harvey Keitel star in Amanda Sthers’ hilarious comedy Madame, which releases on DVD and Digital Download on September 17, 2018 by STUDIOCANAL.

Adding a little spice to a waning marriage, Anne (Toni Collette, Little Miss Sunshine) and Bob (Harvey Keitel, Reservoir Dogs), are hosting a luxurious dinner when Anne realises there are 13 guests.

Panic-stricken, she insists her loyal maid Maria (Rossy De Palma) disguise herself as a mysterious Spanish noblewoman to even out the numbers.

But a little too much wine and some playful chat leads Maria to accidentally endear herself to a dandy British art broker (Michael Smiley). Their budding romance will have Anne chasing her maid around Paris and finally plotting to destroy this most unexpected and joyous love affair.

Win Madame on DVD

To celebrate the release of Madame on DVD on Monday, September 17, 2018, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 2 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs Madame?

Simply send the answer to Madame competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email