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ARROW FEELS THE HEAT
IN AUGUST, ARROW PRESENTS A REDISCOVERED GERMAN CLASSIC, A GRIPPING NEO-NOIR, NORDIC THRILLS, PETER SELLERS, AND REECE SHEARSMITH SELECTS
Key highlights this August on the essential, alternative streaming service ARROW includes a superb seventies freewheeling crime drama, a powerful money markets thriller, epic Chinese action, Paul Joyce documentaries delving into the worlds of Peter Sellers and European cinema, The Video Archives Podcast host and filmmaker Roger Avary Selects, and much more…
In August, ARROW are proud to present RED SUN, an outstanding pop fantasy focused on the post-’68 and women's liberation movements. Compared to a comic strip by German director Wim Wenders, it is a beautiful art-genre collision that is both brilliantly bizarre and provocative. Director Rudolf Thome was an emerging talent in the New German Cinema alongside Wenders, Fassbinder and Herzog, but received little international distribution and fell into obscurity despite a consistent career covering six decades. Now’s your chance to reappraise Thome and this hidden gem on ARROW.
Also showing in August, a gripping neo-noir mystery HUMAN CAPITAL, where a web of greed, lust and lies threatens to bring about the financial and moral bankruptcy of two Italian families. Set against the backdrop of the mounting global financial crisis, writer-director Paolo Virzì adapts Stephen Amidon’s 2004 novel Human Capital, switching the book’s affluent Connecticut enclaves for the more moody surrounds of northern Italy, tracing the financial and emotional entanglement of two families. Taut, timely and engrossing, it puts pay to Gordon Gekko’s mantra that ‘greed it good’.
And this August, REECE SHEARSMITH SELECTS, as the award winning actor, writer, comedian (The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville, Inside No.9) chooses his favourite ARROW film releases, and his eclectic and exquisite choices include Argento’s Deep Red, Romero’s The Crazies, and Yuzna’s body horror classic Society.
As if that wasn’t enough, August also sees ROGER AVARY SELECTS, with the Academy Award-winning filmmaker (Pulp Fiction, Killing Zoe), from THE VIDEO ARCHIVES PODCAST, choosing some unmissable picks from the ARROW catalogue.
Seasons in August include Revengeamatics, a collection where the wronged get to make things right, where the wicked are punished and where our hero will go through hell to make sure that comeuppance is violently meted out no matter the cost, with titles including The Exterminator, Oldboy, The Villainess and Renegade Cops, a ridealong with a curated collection of hotshot coppers who shoot first, ask questions later, with titles including Security, Cop Game, Heart of Dragon.
ALSO SHOWING: Access All Areas: The Documentaries of Paul Joyce; alongside an in-depth look at Peter Sellers, plus an insightful documentary on European Cinema, World War Two drama The Unknown Soldier, award-winning Danish thriller The Idealist, and much more…
AUGUST RELEASE CALENDAR
New Titles – From August 4
Sellers’ Best - 1992
Pictures of Europe - 1990
From August 11
Red Sun - 1971
From August 18
The Last Supper - 1995
The Unknown Soldier - 2017
From August 25
Human Capital - 2019
The Idealist - 2015
New Seasons this August
August 4: Revengeamatics
It’s the dish that tastes sweet whether it’s served hot or cold: satisfying, deserved and often bloody revenge.
Welcome to a collection where the wronged get to make things right, where the wicked are punished and where our hero will go through hell to make sure that comeuppance is violently meted out no matter the cost, Revengeamatics.
Titles Include: The Exterminator, Oldboy, The Villainess
Aug 7: Reece Shearsmith Selects
Reece Shearsmith– (actor/writer/comedian The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville, Inside No.9):
“How do you possibly choose a selection of favourite ARROW film releases and not go mad in the process? Well, that's what ARROW asked me to do, and I've done both. So please go ahead and read my choices as I find I must kill again…”
Titles Include: Deep Red, The Crazies, Society
Aug 11: Access All Areas: The Documentaries of Paul Joyce
With unmatched access to not only his subjects but also to those who knew them best, there is nothing else like a documentary by Paul Joyce.
Covering everything from the American indie film scene to what makes European cinema different and unique, detailing the making of everything from The Devils to Barbarella, making revealing portraits of everyone from Kubrick to Peckinpah, and interviewing everyone from Quentin Tarantino to Pedro Almodovar along the way, ARROW proudly presents a collection that is a film and filmmaking masterclass, Access All Areas: The Documentaries of Paul Joyce.
Titles Include: Hell on Earth, Still Tickin', The Last Movie, You Talkin' To Me, Stanley Kubrick, Marlon Brando, Made in the USA, Robert Altman, Bogdanovich, Wim Wenders, Monte, Hellman, Dennis Hopper, Nic Roeg, Barbarella, Out of the Blue, Straw Dogs, Cassavetes, Peckinpah
Aug 18: Renegade Cops
They don’t play by the rules, but these loose cannons are the best we have and they get the job done, dammit!
Go for a ridealong with a curated collection of hotshot coppers who shoot first, ask questions later and always get their man - by whatever means necessary - in Renegade Cops.
Titles Include: Security, Cop Game, Heart of Dragon
Aug 21: Roger Avary Selects
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Avary from THE VIDEO ARCHIVES PODCAST had this to say about his Arrow Selects…
"When I Select a film, dear viewer, it is safe. There is no question about it anymore. My Selects are the best films. I don’t mean that they’re the most virtuous, or indeed the least virtuous, or the cleverest or the stupidest, or the most expensive or the best made. But the best. In a word, films about which there is no question.”
Titles Include: The Living Dead Girl, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Road Games
Aug 25: This is Torture!
A curated collection dastardly designed to make you wince and recoil in shock and horror from the misery, torment and agony being inflicted. Dare you peek between your fingers to witness the graphic and painful torments contained within ‘This is Torture!’?
Titles Include: American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice, American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon, American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock
AUGUST TITLES - IN DEPTH
FROM AUGUST 4: SELLERS’ BEST
One of the all-time greatest comedians, Peter Sellers’ mimicry, timing, instinct and ability to decimate an audience with laughter made him absolutely unforgettable. Combining comedy and acting like no one before, or since, Sellers starred in legendary cult films such as Dr Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and The Return of the Pink Panther. Sellers’ Best explores not only his comedic talent but goes beneath to examine the man himself and features interviews with those who knew him best, such as Spike Milligan, Beryl Reid and John Sessions. Paul Joyce’s special on Peter Sellers, Sellers’ Best, is not to be missed by anybody with any interest in comedy.
PICTURES OF EUROPE
What makes European cinema so special? Find out in Paul Joyce’s feature-length documentary, Pictures of Europe, which examines the differences between American independent and Hollywood movies and films from European directors. Featuring luminary iconoclasts from European cinema such as Agnes Varda, Bernardo Bertolucci and Pedro Almodovar, as well as American counterpoints from Paul Schrader, and those who have crossed back and forth, such as Paul Verhoeven, Pictures of Europe is a fascinating, intelligent and essential documentary for all cineastes.
FROM AUGUST 11: RED SUN
Thomas (Marquard Bohm, Kings of the Road) gets a ride to Munich where he finds his ex-girlfriend Peggy (counter culture activist and model Uschi Obermaier) who takes him in. In her flat he finds Peggy and her roommates have a commune-like lifestyle where they kill the men in their lives after five days, but will Thomas realise in time? A pop fantasy focused on the post-’68 and women's liberation movements, Red Sun was compared to a comic strip by Wim Wenders and is a beautiful art-genre collision that is both brilliantly bizarre and provocative. Director Rudolf Thome was an emerging talent in the New German Cinema alongside Wenders, Fassbinder and Herzog, but received little international distribution and fell into obscurity despite a consistent career covering six decades
FROM AUGUST 18: THE LAST SUPPER
2000 years ago, the Qin Emperor is at the height of his tyranny, spurring a revolution led by the noble families. Beyond the battlefields, citizens lie hungry and homeless in the streets. Pushed to the edges by their fate, these hopeless individuals dream of becoming more than they really are. Liu Bang is one of these people.Our story begins with the intertwining fates of Liu Bang and Xiang Yu, two key figures in the rebellion against the Qin, and two men who both longed for the infinite power and wealth that lay within the imperial palace. Only one can survive.
THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
It's June 1941. In Finland, a machine gun company is deployed from its barracks to prepare for the invasion of the Soviet Union. Crossing the old border lost during the Winter War, the band of men engage in increasingly guerilla tactics as their advance on Soviet positions spills more and more into local cities, and the distinction between enemy and civilian starts to blur. Embedding themselves within hostile territories, the threat of ambush on all fronts tests the limits of their courage, discipline and moral code. As the company's ranks deplete, the tension between them augments. Artillery barrage, sniper attacks and trench warfare around them, it is also the conflicts within each man that threatens to engulf them. Ultimately their dependence on one another is what becomes both their weakness, and their biggest strength.
FROM AUGUST 25: HUMAN CAPITAL
A web of greed, lust and lies threatens to bring about the financial and moral bankruptcy of two Italian families in this gripping neo-noir mystery. A calculation used by insurers to assess the monetary worth of a life cut short, the concept of ‘Human Capital’ draws upon a person’s life expectancy, earning capacity, and the quantity and quality of their emotional bonds. Intricately told and thoroughly gripping, this neo-noir mystery questions the material and emotional value of both the living and the dead as it weaves a tangled web of greed, lust and accidental death. Set against the backdrop of the mounting global financial crisis, writer-director Paolo Virzì adapts Stephen Amidon’s 2004 novel Human Capital, switching the book’s affluent Connecticut enclaves for the more moody surrounds of northern Italy. The film traces the financial and emotional entanglement of two families; one lives off the fat profits of hedge funds, whilst the other is led by a small-time real estate agent who dreams of bigger things. Their relationship unravels across several chapters, each of which reveals part of the story from the perspective of key characters. This central narrative puzzle deepens with every strand, revealing new angles on the financial and moral bankruptcy of each family.
January 21st, 1968 – An American B-52 bomber carrying nuclear warheads has just crashed on the polar ice near the US Military Air Base in Danish controlled Thule, Greenland. A few days later, responsible governments classify the crash as a Broken Arrow scenario, but proclaims the situation as being under control. Hundreds of Thule workers are set to work, helping in the gigantic clean-up operation. After eight months, all traces of the crashed aircraft and the plutonium-contaminated snow are gone. The case is closed.18 years on, while covering a local workers compensation story, reporter Poul Brink suddenly runs into suspicious circumstances linking back to the 68’ nuclear accident cover-up. Apparently, the full and true story about the crash lays well-protected, deep under the Thule Bay’s ice cap and deep down the classified archives in the US.
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