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New DVDs available at the Library – October 2017

Discover the new releases on DVD available to our members!

Youth section

Astérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre / Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (2002) is a French/Italian comedy written and directed by Alain Chabat and adapted from the comic book Asterix by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo.

Empress Cleopatra makes a wager with Julius Caesar that her people can build a beautiful palace in three months. She chooses architect Numerobis for the project, which must be completed in time or he will be fed to the crocodiles. Numerobis travels to Gaul to get help from the superpowered Panoramix and the warriors Astérix and Obélix, along with their faithful pet Dogmatix. They use their magic potion to make the Egyptian slave-labor population into superheroes, thereby building the palace in no time. Meanwhile, the angry architect Amonbofis and Julius Caesar don’t want to see them succeed.

Watch the trailer here.


Drama

Le Passé / The Past (2013) is a French–Italian–Iranian drama, written and directed by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation).

An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife’s request for a divorce.

The film was nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and won the festival’s Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. Bérénice Bejo won the festival’s Best Actress Award. The film was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Golden Globe Awards.

Watch the trailer here.


Romance

Grand Central (2013) is a French-Austrian romantic film co-written and directed by Rebecca Zlotowski.

Gary, an unskilled young man, lands a job as a decontamination sub-contractor at a nuclear power plant in the lower valley of the Rhone. Inducted into the workforce by supervisor Gilles and veteran Toni, Gary discovers that radiation contamination is not just a risk factor but an everyday hazard. At the same time, he begins an illicit affair with Karole, Toni’s fiancée. It turns out that Toni is sterile, and Karole becomes pregnant by Gary.

The film was screened as part of the ’Un Certain Regard’ section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the François Chalais Prize.

Watch the trailer here.


Documentary

La Planète Blanche / The White Planet (2006) is a documentary about the Arctic’s wildlife.

This documentry shows interactions between marine animals, birds and land animals, especially the polar bear, over a one-year period. The fragility of the Arctic is hinted at as a reason to prevent climate change.

Watch the trailer here.

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