Here is a selection of February DVD releases from Brighton and Hove City Libraries. Click on the image of the film or the title, to be redirected to the appropriate catalogue entry.
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Yorgos Lanthimos co-writes and directs this surreal sci-fi comedy drama starring Colin Farrell. Set in a dystopian future where failure to find a partner is unacceptable, recently widowed David (Farrell) is given just 45 days to find a replacement partner. In line with the rules of The City, singletons are taken to The Hotel where they are forced to find a mate and those that fail to pair up are transformed into an animal of their choosing and sent into the surrounding woods. Although David appears less desperate than some of his fellow guests to forge a new relationship, he tries his best to create a union with a fellow cold-hearted resident (Angeliki Papoulia). But after his latest attempt at a relationship fails, David flees The Hotel and into the wilderness where he falls in love with a Loner (Rachel Weisz) despite the militant group’s ban on romantic interactions.
Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in this adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy. After three witches foretell that Scottish nobleman Macbeth (Fassbender) will be king he becomes obssessed by the idea. Encouraged by his wife Lady Macbeth (Cotillard), his ambition becomes all-consuming and he kills the reigning monarch, King Duncan (David Thewlis). But Macbeth becomes a tyrannical ruler, filled with anxiety over who he can trust… The cast also includes Elizabeth Debicki, Sean Harris, Paddy Considine and David Hayman.
Matt Damon stars in this award-winning sci-fi comedy drama directed by Ridley Scott. During a mission to Mars, a crew of NASA astronauts are caught in a storm that leaves Mark Watney (Damon) missing and presumed dead. As the rest of the crew return to Earth, Watney awakens to find himself surrounded by the desolate landscape of the red planet. With no way to communicate the news of his survival back to Earth, Watney must figure out a way to prolong his life expectancy until the next NASA mission visits the planet in approximately four years. The all-star cast includes Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film won Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy and Best Actor – Musical Or Comedy (Damon) and was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Visual Effects and Best Actor (Damon).
Daniel Craig returns as 007 in the 24th instalment of the James Bond franchise. After the devastating attack on MI6, a cryptic message leads Bond on a rogue mission to Rome where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the widow of a notorious crime lord. On infiltrating a top secret meeting, Bond discovers the existence of the global crime organisation SPECTRE and sets about trying to expose them and ultimately bring them down. The cast also includes Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz and Ben Whishaw. The film’s theme song ‘Writing’s On the Wall’, written by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
Guillermo del Toro co-writes and directs this gothic horror starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam. Set in rural Cumbria in the 19th century, the film follows young author Edith Cushing (Wasikowska) as she meets and falls in love with the wealthy and mysterious Sir Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston). However, after Edith moves into Crimson Peak, the Sharpe family home, to live with Thomas and his sister Lady Lucille (Chastain) she realises that there is much more to the Sharpe family and house than meets the eye…
All eight episodes of the German TV drama set during the height of the Cold War. In a paranoid and divided Germany in 1983, 24-year-old East German border patrol guard Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay) is recruited by the East Germany Secret Service to go undercover as a West German soldier. In his role as an oberleutnant, Martin assumes the identity of Moritz Stamm and, while serving under Major General Wolfgang Edel (Ulrich Noethen), gathers intelligence on the West’s military activities and culture.
All ten episodes from the fourth season of the Golden Globe-winning HBO comedy drama following a group of 20-something women in New York. The show’s creator Lena Dunham stars as Hannah, a struggling writer living in Brooklyn who finds herself broke when her parents decide to cut off their financial support. As she attempts to deal with the trials of life including problems at work and in her relationship with Adam (Adam Driver), her friends Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) each battle with their own issues. In this series, Hannah embarks on a creative writing college course in Iowa, whilst Shoshanna struggles to find employment as a recent graduate. Marnie and her musical partner Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) struggle to reconcile their ambitions and creative differences, and Jessa and Adam’s chaotic lives cross-over.
All six episodes from the first season of ‘The Walking Dead’ prequel. Set in L.A. California, the programme follows the lives of Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) and her family; boyfriend Travis (Cliff Curtis), her daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam Carey) and her drug-addicted son Nick (Frank Dillane), at the beginning of a zombie apocalypse. When Nick first identifies a zombie after awakening in a drug den not many people believe his stories. But they are soon forced to after the walking dead begin to overrun the city, prompting the military to be called in to restore order. Quarantined in an area known as the ‘Dead Zone’, Madison, Travis and their children try their best to resume their normal lives for as long as they can, before their goals change solely to survival.
Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton star in this six-part BBC dramatisation of Tolstoy’s epic novel. Set in 1805, the drama chronicles the changing fortunes of Russia’s elite class during the country’s war with the French Empire. The miniseries follows Pierre Bezukhov (Dano), the illegitimate son of a wealthy count, his friend Andrei Bolkonsky (Norton) who enlists in the army, and Natasha Rostov (James) as they search for love and meaning in their lives during the Napoleonic Wars.
Toby Jones stars in this three-part BBC adaptation of John Lanchester’s novel. The drama centres around the residents of the fictional Pepys Road in South London, where houses cost a small fortune. Occupiers of the street vary from those who have lived there since before the London property boom, including elderly widow Petunia Howe (Gemma Jones), to the recently moved in wealthier residents, including banker Roger Hunt (Jones). After all of the street’s residents receive mysterious postcards bearing the message ‘We want what you have’, the interweaving connections between them begin to unravel.
Ariane Labed stars in the title role of this French drama co-written and directed by Lucie Borleteau. The story follows 30-year-old marine engineer Alice (Labed), who works below deck in the engine room of the Fidelio freighter. Despite spending months apart because of her job, Alice enjoys a steady relationship with her Norwegian boyfriend Felix (Anders Danielsen Lie). But Alice’s loyalty is tested when her ex-boyfriend Gael (Melvil Poupaud) is named as the new captain of her ship and dormant feelings for her old flame are reignited.
Brazilian drama written and directed by Anna Muylaert. 13 years ago, Val (Regina Casé) left her daughter Jéssica (Camila Márdila) with relatives in Pernambuco so she could go to work in São Paulo as a housemaid for a wealthy family and a nanny to their son Fabinho (Michel Joelsas). When Jéssica comes to São Paulo to apply to university she stays with her mother in the family’s house. Despite feeling guilty for leaving Jéssica behind, Val finds living with her opinionated daughter a challenge…
Persian documentary from film-maker Jafar Panahi. After being banned from making films by the Iranian government and placed under house arrest, Panahi poses as a taxi driver and drives around the busy streets of Tehran picking up passengers and recording their conversations. Along with his diverse subjects, who include teachers, students and pirate DVD sellers, Panahi discusses the social challenges that Iranian citizens face on a daily basis.
Documentary about the increase in Twenty20 cricket across the world and what this means for the sport. Film-makers Sam collins and Jarrod Kimber meet with players, ex-players, sports journalists and broadcasters and talk about the future of Test cricket as the leaner and more profitable Twenty20 cricket rises in popularity.
A French actress and a Japanese architect have an affair while the actress is making a movie in Hiroshima. Their pasts are slowly re-traced, revealing that his life was destroyed by the atomic bomb which was dropped on the city, and that she was imprisoned as a wartime collaborator. Alain Resnais’ first feature from 1959. The screenplay is by Maguerite Duras.
One you may have missed
Vampire comedy written by and starring Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi. As three vampires, Viago (Waititi), Vladislav (Clement) and Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), who share a house together, try to get along with everyday tasks like cleaning, paying rent and trying to get into nightclubs, they meet Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer), a modern vampire with a passion for partying. When Nick takes his three new friends to a club to let off some steam, it quickly becomes clear that the others are not used to the modern world and he must train them in the art of social etiquette amongst humans.
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Duncan Andrews – Library Officer