ARROW GETS LOVED UP.
IN SEPTEMBER, ARROW PREMIERES A DAZZLINGLY FANTASY ROMANCE, FORBIDDEN LOVE, HELEN HUNT, PECKINPAH AND HORROR AT HOME!
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Key highlights this SEPTEMBER on the essential, alternative streaming service ARROW include the exclusive premiere of Zoé Wittock’s extraordinary debut feature JUMBO, eerie gem I SEE YOU, classic Bertolucci and Milos Forman, a double-bill of Debra Winger, an outrageously wicked French comedy, a trio of extraordinary films about the legendary Hollywood director SAM PECKINPAH, a slasher sequel par excellence, a season of GAMERA films, and so much more…
In her feature debut, JUMBO, writer/director Zoé Wittock brings gleeful energy, buoyant humor, and surrealistic style to an unusual type of love story—one between woman and machine. Taking the perspective of Jeanne, who is played with focus and emotion by Noémie Merlant (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), allows us to enter her world of self-discovery and exhilaration for her literal object of desire – a Tilt-A-Whirl amusement park ride that she decides to call Jumbo – while her devoted mother struggles to understand and accept her unconventional choices.
For some chills and thrills in September, there is up-and-coming British director Adam Randall’s twist-heavy thriller I SEE YOU, described by The Hollywood Reporter as “a finely crafted exercise in slow-burn suspense”. Starring Jon Tenney (True Detective) and Academy Award® winner Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets) this is an eerie gem, where nothing is as it seems and the terrible truth behind a family’s dark secrets might just be hiding in plain sight; 1968’s rarely-screened, nightmarishly disorienting creepshow, THE SNAKE GIRL AND THE SILVER-HAIRED WITCH, a fantastically phantasmagorical slice of twisted terror ostensibly made for children that will irreparably traumatise any child that sees it; and Adam Green’s superlative horror sequel, HATCHET 2, with the mad axeman Victor Crowley (played by Kane Hodder) returning to cause more carnage in the swamps.
ALSO SHOWING: Documentaries from the Passion & Poetry project, filmmaker Mike Siegel’s ongoing historical project about controversial and brilliant director Sam Peckinpah; Nick Nolte and Debra Winger in EVERYBODY WINS with a host of extras, tremendous French comedy LIFE IS A LONG QUIET RIVER, and more…
SEPTEMBER RELEASE CALENDAR
New Titles – From September 1
● Mike Siegel: About the Passion & Poetry Project
● Passion & Poetry – The Dundee Odyssey
● Passion & Poetry – Peckinpah Anecdotes
● Life Is a Long Quiet River
● Hatchet 2
● I See You
● The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch
● Paperback Passions [Season]
● Magnifique [Season]
New Season – From September 10
● Home Sweet Home [Season]
New Titles – From September 13
● The Fireman’s Ball
● Gamera – The Showa Era [Season]
● Gamera – The Heisei Era [Season]
New Titles – From September 17
● The Sheltering Sky
● Hell on Earth: The Desecration and Reconstruction of Ken Russell’s The Devils
● Forbidden Love [Season]
New Titles – From September 20
● A Guy From Fenyang
● Hard to Be a God
● Everybody Wins
New Seasons this September
FROM SEPTEMBER 1st:
PAPERBACK PASSIONS – We’re channelling some serious literary inspiration with a season celebrating some of our favourite literary adaptations. From tales reinterpreted and reimagined to faithful retellings of original novels and manga, this season features thrilling adaptations from the works of Koji Suzuki, Lionel Shriver, Edgar Allan Poe, C.K. Stead and many, many more! It’s time to explore the best book-to-movie adaptations on ARROW where good reads mean great watches (and not a paper cut in sight.)
Titles include: The Bloodhound, Dark Water, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Sleeping Dogs, Crash
MAGNIFIQUE – A collection of all the best films from the other side of the “channel”, a selection of the finest French filmic fancies for feasting on, led by the wonderful Toto the Hero. So, brush up on your high school French and enjoy the whole season en français.
Titles include: Toto the Hero, The Love of a Woman, La Chinoise, The Mystery of Picasso, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
FROM SEPTEMBER 10th:
HOME SWEET HOME
Home may be where the heart is but there are some things lurking in the shadows that you just can’t lock out.. From supernatural presences to brutal home invasions (by man and by beast), it’s time to peek behind the curtains and find out just how many skeletons some residents have in their closets. Home Titles include: I See You, Incident in a Ghostland, After Midnight, Momma Don’t Go, [REC]
FROM SEPTEMBER 13th:
GAMERA – THE SHOWA ERA – As giant monsters rampaged through the Japanese cinematic landscape during the “kaiju boom” of the mid-1960s, Daiei Studios introduced a new character to the screen that would be embraced for generations: Gamera, the giant, flying, fire-breathing turtle. A box office sensation, Gamera leapt to the world’s defence against a motley assortment of evil creatures, from the death-ray-shooting flying terror Gyaos, to the knife-headed alien menace Guiron, to the underwater invader Zigra!
Titles include: Gamera the Giant Monster, Gamera vs. Barugon, Gamera vs. Gyaos, Gamera vs Viras, Gamera vs. Guiron, Gamera vs. Jiger, Gamera vs. Zigra, Gamera Super Monster
GAMERA – THE HEISEI ERA – After laying dormant for fifteen years, Gamera was rebooted for the big screen in a smash hit trilogy. Trading the campy, kid-friendly surrealism of the earlier films for a darker, more realistic tone and jaw-droppingly innovative special effects, the Heisei Trilogy are still regarded today as among the best – and by some, the very best – kaiju films ever made.
Titles include: Gamera The Guardian of the Universe, Gamera 2: Attack of Legion, Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris, Gamera the Brave
FROM SEPTEMBER 17th:
FORBIDDEN LOVE – A season guaranteed to ignite a spark and unlock those passions hidden deep within… From romantic awakenings with inanimate objects to taboo love affairs and hot and heavy sexual passion hidden behind closed doors. We are taking you on a rollercoaster ride of love and lust where hidden rendezvous provide unmatched satisfaction.
Titles include: Jumbo, Underwater Love, Story of Sin, Love and Other Cults, Nymphomaniac
SEPTEMBER TITLES – IN DEPTH
EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 1st:
Jeanne, a shy young woman, lives at home with her uninhibited bartender mother and works the graveyard shift as a cleaner at an amusement park. Her mother wants her to meet a man, but Jeanne prefers tinkering in her bedroom with wires, light bulbs, and spare parts, creating miniature versions of theme park rides. During her late-night shifts she begins spending intimate time with the alluring new Tilt-A-Whirl ride that she decides to call Jumbo. Finding herself seduced by “his” red lights, smooth chrome, and oily hydraulics, Jeanne concludes that the thrilling new relationship she wants to pursue is with Jumbo.
SEPTEMBER 1: MIKE SIEGEL: ABOUT THE PASSION & POETRY PROJECT
Filmmaker Mike Siegel talks about his beginnings and his ongoing historical project about director Sam Peckinpah.
SEPTEMBER 1: PASSION & POETRY – THE DUNDEE ODYSSEY
Feature length documentary about the making of Major Dundee by Mike Siegel, featuring James Coburn, Senta Berger, Mario Adorf, L.Q. Jones, R.G. Armstrong, Gordon Dawson.
SEPTEMBER 1: PASSION & POETRY – PECKINPAH ANECDOTES
Nine actors talk about working with legendary director Sam Peckinpah, featuring Kris Kristofferson, Ernest Borgnine, James Coburn, David Warner, Ali MacGraw, L.Q. Jones, Bo Hopkins, R.G. Armstrong, Isela Vega.
SEPTEMBER 1: LIFE IS A LONG QUIET RIVER
An outrageously wicked comedy about two families from award winning debut filmmaker Étienne Chatiliez, this fast-paced satire became the most popular French comedy of the decade.
The radiantly bourgeois Le Quesnoys with their immaculate children and perfect manners and the grubby, disreputable Groseilles are thrown together in absurd chaos by an act of revenge as they discover that twelve years prior their babies were switched at birth. A witty send up of class relations and family ties, LIFE IS A LONG QUIET RIVER was celebrated with a host of trophies at France’s César Awards ceremony winning for best screenplay, best debut work and acting prizes for Hélène Vincent and Catherine Jacob.
SEPTEMBER 1st: HATCHET 2
Hatchet 2 picks up at the exact moment that 2006’s HATCHET ends, wherein the quiet but hot-tempered Marybeth (Danielle Harris, Halloween I & II) is in a small boat in the Louisiana swamps, screaming for her life as she tries to free herself from the clutches of the deformed, swamp-dwelling killer Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder, Friday the 13th).
Crowley has murdered Marybeth’s family and other fellow vacationers who had come together on a tourist excursion in the swamplands outside of New Orleans.
Marybeth escapes from Crowley and manages to make it back to civilization, where she once again encounters voodoo shop proprietor Reverend Zombie (Tony Todd, Candyman), who had helped to arrange Marybeth and company’s earlier, ill-fated tour of the area To help Marybeth and also serve his own secret agenda, Reverend Zombie recruits a hardened pack of hunters to head back into the swamp to seek revenge on Victor Crowley.
SEPTEMBER 1st: I SEE YOU
Behind the seemingly perfect Harper household, Greg (Jon Tenney, True Detective), the lead investigator of a child abduction case, is struggling to come to terms with the recent infidelity of his wife Jackie (Academy Award® winner Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets). The already strained family harmony is further threatened when Connor (Judah Lewis, The Babysitter), their son, appears to be the victim of a mysterious malevolent presence in their house. As the secrets start to unravel, the plot threads prove to be more interlinked than it would appear at first glance.
Packed with audacious plot twists, beautifully orchestrated narrative flips and an outstanding lead performance by Helen Hunt, I SEE YOU is an eerie gem, where nothing is as it seems and the terrible truth behind a family’s dark secrets might just be hiding in plain sight.
SEPTEMBER 1st: THE SNAKE GIRL AND THE SILVER-HAIRED WITCH
What do you get when Noriaki Yuasa, director of Daiei Studios’ much-beloved Gamera series, makes a monochrome film adaptation of the works of horror manga pioneer Kazuo Umezu (The Drifting Classroom)? The answer is 1968’s THE SNAKE GIRL AND THE SILVER-HAIRED WITCH, a fantastically phantasmagorical slice of twisted tokusatsu terror ostensibly made for children that will irreparably traumatise any child that sees it!
A young girl named Sayuri is reunited with her estranged family after years in an orphanage – but trouble lurks within the walls of the large family home. Her mother is an amnesiac after a car accident six months earlier, her sullen sister is confined to the attic and a young housemaid dies inexplicably of a heart attack just before Sayuri arrives… is it all connected to her father’s work studying venomous snakes? And is the fanged, serpentine figure that haunts Sayuri’s dreams the same one spying on her through holes in the wall?
This rarely-screened, nightmarishly disorienting creepshow not only displays a seldom-seen side of kaiju auteur Yuasa, but its skilful blending of Umezu’s comics (published in English-language markets as Reptilia) arguably anticipates many of the trends seen in J-horror decades later.
SEPTEMBER 10th: THE FIREMAN’S BALL
It’s the annual firemen’s ball in a small Czech town, and the organisers decide to liven up the usually dull event with a raffle and a beauty contest. But with the former plagued by thievery and the latter by bribery, the event rapidly descends into farce – and that’s before a fire breaks out…
The last film that Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus) made in his native country and language, THE FIREMAN’S BALL is a sparkling comedy that’s also one of the best showcases of the director’s uncanny ability to extract flawless performances out of an entirely non-professional cast largely made up of actual firemen. It was nominated for an Oscar, but the Czech Communist authorities were so convinced that it was a satirical allegory about official incompetence that the film was officially “banned forever”, or at least until the 1989 Velvet Revolution. It’s now regarded as one of the greatest of all Czech films.
SEPTEMBER 10th: THE SHELTERING SKY
Academy Award-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci (The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor) brings a stunning adaptation of Paul Bowles’ heartbreaking classic novel to the screen that Vincent Canby in The New York Times called “a long, beautifully modulated cry of despair… the sort of dark, romantic movie that only Mr. Bertolucci could bring off.”
In the hopes of rekindling their marriage, sophisticated American couple Port and Kit Moresby (John Malkovich and Debra Winger) set off for North Africa intending to travel through Algeria – uncertain of exactly where they are heading but determined to leave the modern world behind. They are instead tested to their limits by the unfathomable emptiness and impassive cruelty of the desert.
A distinguished and emotive follow up to his Best Picture-winning The Last Emperor (Academy Awards 1988) and a sensual highlight in an extraordinary filmmaking career, THE SHELTERING SKY won a BAFTA for Vittorio Storaro’s outstanding cinematography and a Golden Globe for Ryuichi Sakamoto’s haunting original score.
SEPTEMBER 20th: A GUY FROM FENYANG
Documentary of the life & filmmaking of Jia Zhang-Ke from the Brazilian Walter Salles. Reflections on transformation of Chinese society, towns, family, the cultural revolution and globalization (“americanization”). Insights of the actors and on the places of his movies.
SEPTEMBER 20th: HARD TO BE A GOD
A group of scientists is sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a difficult one: they cannot interfere violently and in no case can they kill. The scientist Rumata tries to save the local intellectuals from their punishment and cannot avoid taking a position. As if the question were: what would you do in God’s place? Director’s statement Aleksei wanted to make this film his entire life. The road was a long one. This is not a film about cruelty, but about love. A love that was there, tangible, alive, and that resisted through the hardest of conditions.
SEPTEMBER 20th: EVERYBODY WINS
Directed by BAFTA winner Karel Reisz (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, The Gambler) and written by the dean of American playwrights, Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman, The Misfits), EVERYBODY WINS is a delightfully slick Hollywood thriller.
Highly respected private detective Tom O’Toole (Nick Nolte, Warrior, The Mandalorian) is called to a peaceful New England town by Angela Crispini (Debra Winger, An Officer and a Gentleman, The Sheltering Sky) to investigate an injustice. Felix, a young and innocent man, has been convicted for the brutal murder of his uncle and now awaits the outcome of his appeal. Angela claims that she knows the killer and is keen to offer any help she can to make things right. As the investigation progresses, O’Toole receives some cryptic warnings to stay away from the case and the integrity of Angela soon comes into question…
Produced by Oscar winner Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence) and supported by a wonderful score by Mark Isham (A River Runs Through It, The Black Dahlia), EVERYBODY WINS features a host of wonderful performances and will grip you till the very end.
The film will be accompanied by extras including the original trailer, film clips, a featurette, b-roll footage, as well as interviews with Nick Nolte, writer Arthur Miller and director Karel Reisz.
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