Kino Lorber Announces its April 2017 Home Video Releases

New York, NY -- March 8, 2017 -- Kino Lorber proudly announces its home video releases for April 2017.

Streeting on DVD April 4th are the Berlin Film Festival Crystal Bear award-winner Killa, the first feature film of director Avinash Arun which the Hollywood Reporter called an "Outstanding first feature...positive and uplifting". Roger Gastman's documentary Wall Writers, about the history of graffiti art, narrated by John Waters, becomes available on DVD April 11th. The 2-disc DVD set of the acclaimed documentaries The Business of Being Born and More Business of Being Born will also be released on DVD April 11th.

The acclaimed nature documentary Microcosmos, which presents a close-up view of the insect world, becomes available on Blu-ray and DVD April 25th. Also available on April 25th is the new independent drama The Daughter, directed by Simone Stone and starring Geoffrey Rush and Sam Neill, and Molly Bernstein's documentary An Art That Nature Makes, which examines the work of photographer Rosamond Purcell, and was named as a New York Times Critic's Pick.

The four-film Gianfranco Rosi Collection will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 25th, which includes the Academy Award®-nominee Fire at Sea (Best Documentary Feature). Finally, Kino Lorber is proud to present a new restoration of Anatahan (1953), the final film of acclaimed director Josef von Sternberg, available on Blu-ray and DVD April 25th. This edition contains a new 2K restoration of the uncensored 1958 version (Sternberg's preferred cut of the film), with restored audio, and the complete 1953 version of the film. It comes packed with special features including a visual essay by Tag Gallagher, an interview with Nicholas von Sternberg, U.S. Navy footage of the actual survivors of Anatahan, immediately after their "surrender", and the original theatrical trailer.

 

KILLA (Silk Road, DVD)
DVD Street Date: April 4, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95
DVD UPC: 738329214012
India / in Marathi with English subtitles / Comedy-Drama / 107 min / NR / Color / 5.1 Sound
Director: Avinash Arun
Starring: Amruta Subhash, Archit Deodhar, Parth Bhalerao
Synopsis: Coping with the recent death of his father, 11-year-old Chinu (Archit Devadhar) moves to a small Konkan town from a big city because of his mother's (Amruta Subhash) job transfer. The introverted Chinu finds it difficult to adjust to his new home and finds himself alienated and reluctant to open up to its people. Both Chinu and his mother grapple with their own individual struggles and anxieties, dealing with unruly schoolkids, a corrupt bureaucracy, and their ever-present grief. But they emerge as new people from this upheaval, both healed and enriched.

WALL WRITERS (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: April 11, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95
DVD UPC: 738329214029

US / English / Documentary / 78 min / NR / Color / 5.1 Sound / Closed Captions
Director: Roger Gastman
Featuring: Bama, Cornbread, Wicked Gary, Narrated by John Waters
Synopsis: Following graffiti's early days on the streets of NYC and Philadelphia in the 60's, the art form has since exploded into a global revolution of creative expression. Narrated by John Waters, Wall Writers features unprecedented access to the forefathers of graffiti, along with testimonies from the journalists, historians and politicians who bore witness to the largest art awakening of the century.
Special Features: 16 page booklet with rare archival photos and a message from the director | Trailer

THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN/MORE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN (Kino Lorber, 2-Disc DVD)
DVD Street Date: April 11, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95
DVD UPC: 738329212018
2008 / US / English / Documentary / 366 min / NR / Color
Director: Abby Epstein
Featuring:  Mary Helen Ayres, Julia Barnett, Sylvie Blaustein
Synopsis: For the  first time, you can own the classic childbirth documentaries The Business of Being Born and More Business of Being Born, in one two-disc DVD set. Producer Ricki Lake and director Abby Epstein were inspired by their own birth experiences to provide a nation of mothers-to-be with insight into the process of childbirth and the various options available when preparing for life's most special event. From pregnancy to the miraculous moment of birth, both The Business of Being Born and More Business of Being Born are entertaining and informative celebrations of the road to motherhood that "should be seen by every pregnant woman in America" (Jack Mathews, New York Daily News).

MICROCOSMOS (Kino Classics, Blu-ray and DVD) 
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: April 25, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95Blu-ray
UPC: 738329208820
DVD UPC: 738329208813
1996 / France-Switzerland-Italy / French with English subtitles / Documentary / 75 min / G  / Color
Director: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou
Featuring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Jacques Perrin
"**** An amazing film that that allows us to peer deeply into the insect world." - Roger Ebert
Synopsis: One of the most successful nature documentaries of all time, Microcosmos (1996) captures the fun and adventure of a spectacular hidden universe revealed in abreathtaking, close-up view unlike anything you've ever seen! Your family will marvel at a pair of stag beetles dueling like titans. The kids will stare bug-eyed as a magnificent army of worker ants race to stock their larder ... while trying to avoid becoming a feisty pheasant's dinner. And you'll have a front row seat to witness an amazing transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, the remarkable birth of a mosquito, and several other minute miracles of life. With its tiny cast of thousands, Microcosmos leaves no doubt that "Mother Nature remains the greatest special effects wizard of all" (New York Times).
Special Features: Making of the documentary (88 minutes), interview with directors Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou, trailer

ANATAHAN (Kino Classics, Blu-ray and DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: April 25, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95
Blu-ray UPC: 738329214050
DVD UPC: 738329214036
1953 / US-Japan / Japanese and English with English subtitles / Drama / 93 min / PG  / B&WClosed Captions
Director: Josef von Sternberg 
Starring: Akemi Negishi, Tadashi Suganuma, Kisaburo Sawamura, Shôji Nakayama
Synopsis: Inspired by actual events, ANATAHAN explores the conflicting personalities of a dozen Japanese sailors stranded on a remote island in the Pacific during the waning days of World War II. For a time, they maintain their military discipline, but when they discover a young woman (Akemi Negishi) living on the island, the paradisal island becomes a nest of jealousy, violence, and desire. Filmed in Japan on elaborately constructed sets, with non-English-speaking actors, ANATAHAN was a deeply personal project for director Josef von Sternberg (The Blue Angel, Morocco, The Scarlet Empress), and provided a thoroughly unique capstone to his extraordinary career.

Special Features: New 2K restoration of the uncensored 1958 version (Sternberg's preferred cut of the film), with restored audio, The complete 1953 version of Anatahan, Visual essay by Tag Gallagher, Interview with Nicholas von Sternberg, U.S. Navy footage of the actual survivors of Anatahan, immediately after their "surrender", Original theatrical trailerTHE

GIANFRANCO ROSI COLLECTION (Fire at Sea, Sacro GRA, Boatman, Below Sea 
Level)(Kino Lorber, Blu-ray and DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD street Date: April 25, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $49.95
DVD SRP: $44.95
Blu-ray UPC: 738329214081
DVD UPC: 738329214074
US-Italy / Documentary / 319 min / NR
Director: Gianfranco Rosi
Starring: Samuele Pucillo, Maria Costa, Giuseppe Fragapane
Synopsis: Gianfranco Rosi has emerged as one of the most awarded and provocative documentarians working today. His observational films artfully and sympathetically depict the lives of subcultures and displaced peoples the world over. The Gianfranco Rosi Collection includes four of his greatest films. Fire at Sea (2016), an Academy Award® Nominee for Best Documentary Feature and winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, is a heartwrenching portrait of African refugees pouring into the Italian island of Lampedusa. Sacro GRA (2013), winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, is an engaging tour of Rome's ring road, populated by a fascinating group of eccentrics. Rosi spent five years shooting Below Sea Level (2008), which documents the hand-to-mouth existence of California flatland squatters. And his first feature, Boatman (1993), captures life and death on the Ganges River in India.   

Fire at Sea (2016)Italian and French with English subtitles / Color
Below Sea Level (2008) English / Color
Boatman (1993) English, Italian, Hindi with English subtitles / B&W
Sacro Gra (2013) Italian with English subtitles / Color
Special Features: Booklet essay by Nicolas Rapold, Interview with Gianfranco Rosi (Disc 1), Interview with Pietro Bartolo (Disc 1), NYFF: Q&A with Gianfranco Rosi (Disc 1, courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center), Trailers

AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD street Date: April 25, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95
DVD UPC: 738329214067
US / English / Documentary / 74 min / NR / ColorClosed Captions
Director: Molly Bernstein
Featuring:  Rosamond Purcell
New York Times Critic's Pick "Extraordinary...illuminating...beautiful." - A.O. Scott
Synopsis: Finding unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed a body of work that has garnered international acclaim, graced the pages of National Geographic and over 20 published books, and has attracted admirers such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Errol Morris and Stephen Jay Gould. An Art That Nature Makes details Purcell's fascination with the natural world - from a mastodon tooth to a hydrocephalic skull - offering insight into her unique way of re-contextualizing objects both ordinary and strange into sometimes disturbing but always breathtaking imagery.

THE DAUGHTER (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray and DVD) 
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: April 25, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95
Blu-ray UPC: 738329214487
DVD UPC: 738329214470
Australia / English / English subtitles / Drama / 95 min / NR / Color / 5.1 Surround Sound, Closed Captions
Director: Simone Stone
Starring:  Geoffrey Rush, Nicholas Hope, Sam Neill
Synopsis: After a fifteen-year absence, Christian (Paul Schneider) returns home to rural New South Wales for the marriage of his father, Henry (Geoffrey Rush), the wealthy owner of the local mill that's been the economic bedrock of the community for generations. Christian gets reacquainted with his old friend Oliver (Ewen Leslie) and finds himself drawn to Oliver's family, which includes wife Charlotte (Miranda Otto), daughter Hedvig (Odessa Young), and father-in-law Walter (Sam Neill). Unexpectedly, Christian discovers a secret that could tear Oliver's family apart; and when Henry announces the imminent closure of the mill, it sends a quake through the community. As Christian tries to right the wrongs of the past, his actions threaten to shatter the lives of those he left behind years before.