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94 minutes, color

A film by Lucy Bailey & Andrew Thompson

Bonus Features • Directors' Q&A Biographies .Photo Gallery

UPC: 7-20229-91449-9
Catalog #: FRF 914499D
SRP: $27.95 /
Can. $29.95

Street Date: December 14


Short-listed as one of the 15 best documentaries of the year, MUGABE AND THE WHITE AFRICAN is the story of one family’s astonishing bravery as they fight to protect their property, their livelihood and their country.

Mike Campbell is one of the few white farmers left in Zimbabwe since its leader, Robert Mugabe, enacted his disastrous land redistribution program. Once the breadbasket of Africa, Zimbabwe has since spiraled into chaos, the economy decimated as farms given to Mugabe cronies are run into ruin. After enduring years of intimidation and threats, Campbell decides to take action. Unable to call upon help from his country’s authorities, he challenges Mugabe before an international court.


“POWERFUL, EYE-OPENING, UNFORGETTABLE! A remarkably vivid portrait of a land and its people.” - Los Angeles Times

SUPERB! One of the best documentaries of the year.” - Time Out London

“CRITICS' PICK! Filmed at tremendous risk... Surprisingly VISCERAL and RIVETING!”
New York Magazine

“ENGROSSING AND ENRAGING! Gripping...Astonishing!” - National Public Radio


“In essence a THRILLER - an EXTRAORDINARY movie.” - The Stranger

“GRIPPING and IMPORTANT...the FINEST DOCUMENTARY I’ve seen this year.”
- Washington Times

“WONDERFUL! No screen heroes this year will trump the bravery of this family.”
The Times (London)

“INCENDIARY!” - LA Weekly / Village Voice

“Historically, politically, ethically and morally IMPERATIVE FOR THE WORLD TO SEE.”
Moving Pictures Magazine



109 minutes, color, Spanish w/English subtitles

A film by Brosens & Woodworth (Khadak)

Starring Magaly Solier (The Milk of Sorrow)

Bonus Features • Directors' Notes Photo Gallery .Biographies & More

UPC: 7-20229-91451-2
Catalog #: FRF 914512D
SRP: $27.95 /
Can. $29.95

Street Date: December 14


High in the majestic Andes of Peru, silent but deadly traces of mercury, remnants of long-ago silver mining, bring illness and death to a local village. Seeking retribution, the villagers mistakenly attribute the outbreak to Western doctors who work in the nearby mountains; violence ensues, and a doctor is killed.

ALTIPLANO is the story of two women: Saturnina, the fiancée of a villager killed by mercury poisoning; and Grace, a shellshocked war photographer who is also the wife of the dead doctor. As Grace sets out on a journey of mourning to the place of her husband’s death, Saturnina takes drastic action to protest the endless violations against her people and her land. As their destinies merge, this lyrical and probing film explores our divided but inextricably linked world.


“Filled with MYTHIC STYLE and MAGICAL THINKING. Undeniably gorgeous and frequently stunning!” - The New York Times

“GORGEOUS AND QUIETLY SURREAL. The filmmakers conjure haunting, beautiful visions.”
National Public Radio

“A TOUR DE FORCE! Masterfully crafted. The beauty of it lies in the lyrical storytelling, silence and realization that lurking beneath every beautiful image is something else seething to get out.”
Moving Pictures Magazine

“A MASTERFUL, BRILLIANT FILM! Each stunning shot is composed like an individual work of art – an unparalleled cinematic experience that is nothing short of breathtaking! It melds Bergman and Fellini with Kubrick and Solanas, resulting in an unforgettable portrait of love and loss, faith and fate.” - This Week in New York



209 minutes (total) on two discs, color, French w/English subtitles

Two films by Claude Chabrol

Starring Isabelle Huppert (Madame Bovary) and
Benoit Magimel (The Piano Teacher)

Bonus Features • Director Interviews Biographies Photo Galleries Trailers . Documentary: Chabrol Directs The Bridesmaid & More

UPC: 7-20229-91452-9
Catalog #: FRF 914529D
SRP: $27.95 /
Can. $29.95

Street Date: December 14


In celebration of the life and career of French maestro Claude Chabrol, who recently passed away at the age of 80, we are pleased to present two of the legendary director's classic thrillers in this two-disc Special Edition. Hailed as the French master of the Hitchcockian thriller, Chabrol directed more than 60 films in a career spanning over half a century. Two of his most delightfully macabre are included here.

La Demoiselle d'Honneur (The Bridesmaid)

It's love at first sight when bridesmaid Senta falls into the life of handsome young Philippe at the wedding of his younger sister. As their passion for one another intensifies, Philippe slowly discovers that Senta is shrouded in mystery. When one day she asks Philippe to perform a terrible deed as proof of his love for her, Philippe must come to terms with who his lover might really be. Based on the novel by Ruth Rendell, “the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world” (Time Magazine) and starring Benoît Magimel (The Piano Teacher) and Laura Smet (daughter of actress Nathalie Baye and French rock idol Johnny Hallyday).

Merci Pour le Chocolat (Thank You for the Chocolate)

This is vintage Chabrol: intricate plots wend their way through the elegant homes of several well-heeled French-Swiss, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Isabelle Huppert stars as Mika, the oh-so-perfect head of a company that manufactures Swiss chocolate; Jacques Dutronc is Andre, her suave, concert pianist husband whose first wife died years ago in a mysterious car accident. How is it that Andre's teenage son has no musical talent, while the stunning Jeanne, who shares his birthday, is already a world-class pianist? And why does Huppert insist that everyone sip the hot chocolate she prepares so faithfully each evening? Chabrol has fashioned a delectable mystery, dipped in darkest Swiss chocolate.


“The deliciously twisted world of Claude Chabrol turns on a different axis from our own, though a closer look always suggests discomfiting similarities. A deceptively understated and finally ferocious film.” - The New York Times (on La Demoiselle d'Honneur)

“An elegant study in perversity.” - San Francisco Chronicle (on Merci Pour le Chocolat)

“Superbly unsettling! Chabrol is a genius.” - Boston Globe (on La Demoiselle d'Honneur)

“Claude Chabrol makes his particular kind of unnerving, deliciously amoral thrillers look easy. The Bridesmaid uses the extraordinary craft Chabrol has acquired over the decades to insinuate itself inside our psyches in unexpected and potent ways.” - Los Angeles Times (on La Demoiselle d'Honneur)

“A treat! A delicious blend of perversity, playfulness and deadly passion.”
Variety (on Merci Pour le Chocolat)

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