Criterion Collection February Releases All About Kiarostami, Bridget Bardot, Drifters

As December knocks on the door, Niche distributor The Criterion Collection, unveil their February 2019 UK releases. From Abbas Kiarostami, 1960’s classic Japanese Yakuza to a powerful Brigitte Bardot performance.

On 4 February comes 24 FRAMES. The final film from Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami creates a dialogue between his work as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer, bridging the two art forms to which he had dedicated his life.

Following on 18 February is the jazzy gangster film TOKYO DRIFTER. Director Seijun Suzuki’s onslaught of stylized violence and trippy colours is a delirious highlight of the brilliantly excessive Japanese cinema of the sixties.

On 25 February arrives the Oscar-nominated LA VÉRITÉ. Featuring an astonishing performance by Brigitte Bardot, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s affecting and intricately constructed film renders a harsh verdict against a hypocritical and moralistic society.

24 Frames | 4th February 2019


For what would prove to be his final film, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami (Close-up) gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue between his work as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer, bridging the two art forms to which he had dedicated his life. Setting out to reconstruct the moments immediately before and after a photograph is taken, Kiarostami selected twenty-four still images—most of them stark landscapes inhabited only by foraging birds and other wildlife—and digitally animated each one into its own subtly evolving four-and-a-half-minute vignette, creating a series of poignant studies in movement, perception, and time. A sustained meditation on the process of image making, 24 Frames is a graceful and elegiac farewell from one of the giants of world cinema.
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
2K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
New interview with director Abbas Kiarostami’s son Ahmad Kiarostami, who helped finish the film after his father’s death
New conversation between Iranian film scholar Jamsheed Akrami and film critic Godfrey Cheshire
New short documentary about the making of the film by Abbas Kiarostami collaborator Salma Monshizadeh

IRAN | 2017 | 114 MINUTES | COLOUR | 1.78:1

TOKYO DRIFTER | 18th February 2019


In this jazzy gangster film, reformed killer Phoenix Tetsu’s attempt to go straight is squashed when his former cohorts call him back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang. This onslaught of stylized violence and trippy colours got director Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill) in trouble with Nikkatsu studio heads, who were put off by his anything-goes, in-your-face aesthetic, equal parts Russ Meyer, Samuel Fuller, and Nagisa Oshima. Tokyo Drifter is a delirious highlight of the brilliantly excessive Japanese cinema of the sixties.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Video piece featuring new interviews with director Seijun Suzuki and assistant director Masami Kuzuu
Interview with Suzuki from 1997
Original theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Howard Hampton

JAPAN | 1966 | 82 MINUTES | COLOUR | 2.35:1 | JAPANESE

LA VÉRITÉ | 25th February 2019


Beautiful, troubled Dominique Marceau (Brigitte Bardot) came to bohemian Paris to escape the suffocation of provincial life, only to wind up in a courtroom, accused of a terrible crime: the murder of her lover (Band of Outsiders’ Sami Frey). As the trial commences and the lawyers begin tangling over Dominique’s fate, the Oscar-nominated La vérité, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot (Diabolique), delves into her past, reconstructing her struggle to find a foothold in the city. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of an impulsive young woman misunderstood and mistreated by those around her, and of her ultimately tragic affair with an up-and-coming conductor. With an astonishing performance by Bardot, Clouzot’s affecting and intricately constructed film—a huge late-career success for the French master—renders a harsh verdict against a hypocritical and moralistic society.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Le scandale Clouzot, a sixty-minute documentary from 2017 on director Henri-Georges Clouzot
Interview from 1960 with Clouzot
Interview with actor Brigitte Bardot from the 1982 documentary Brigitte Bardot telle qu’elle
New English subtitle translation
PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau

FRANCE | 1960 | 128 MINUTES | BLACK & WHITE | 1.66:1 | FRENCH

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