New DVDs for September 2014 @ Oakland Public Library

New DVDs for September 2014 @ Oakland Public Library

Xingu DVD coverNo One Knows About Persian Cats DVD cover

Get ready to place your September Holds!  Along with the usual DVD blockbusters, such as A Long Way Down, We Are The Best, Cold In July, God's Pocket, The Fault In Our Stars, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Sex Tape, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, The Purge: Anarchy, Oakland Public Library has some wonderful foreign and independent films arriving in September!  Here are nine (9) of those films I'd like to highlight:


From IMDB: In the '40s, three brothers decide to have a great adventure and enlist in the Roncador-Xingu Expedition, which was a mission to tame Central Brazil. The Villas Boas brothers: Orlando, 27, Claudius, 25, and Leonardo, 23, engage in a fantastic and incredible saga. They start to lead the expedition into undiscovered country, navigating over 1,000 miles of jungles filled with new rivers, and make contact with wild Indian tribes, known as the Xavante, courageous and feared warriors. This adventure allows the Villas Boas brothers to creation the Xingu National Park, the first major Amerindian reservation in Brazil, the size of Belgium, transforming them into true contemporary heroes. Director: Cao Hamburger, Writers: Elena Soarez (screenplay), Cao Hamburger (screenplay), Stars: João Miguel, Felipe Camargo, Caio Blat

No One Knows About Persian Cats

From IMDB: Iranian musicians Negar and Ashkan look for band members to play at a London concert - and the visas that allow them to leave Tehran to do so. Director: Bahman Ghobadi Writers: Bahman Ghobadi (screenplay), Hossein Mortezaeiyan (screenplay),  Stars: Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad, Hamed Behdad


From IMDB: A 10-year-old trans boy is provided with an opportunity to embrace his identity when settling into to a new neighborhood outside Paris, but hateful prejudice soon catches up. Director: Céline Sciamma, Writer: Céline Sciamma (screenplay), Stars: Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana, Jeanne Disson |


From IMDB:  A despairing scholar sells his soul to the devil in exchange for one night with a beautiful young woman.  Based on the play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Director: Aleksandr Sokurov Writers: Yuri Arabov (book), Aleksandr Sokurov (screenplay), Stars: Johannes Zeiler, Anton Adasinsky, Isolda Dychauk

Oversimplification of Her Beauty

From IMDB: A quixotic artist hypothesizes about why he feels bad when a mystery girl stands him up. The event prompts him to ask: what's the content of a momentary feeling? Is it the sum of your experiences? And, perhaps more importantly, are your experiences the sum of you?  Director: Terence Nance, Writer: Terence Nance, Stars: Alisa Becher, Jc Cain, Dexter Jones |

Mirage Men

From IMDB: How the US government created a myth that took over the world. ETs, visitors... crashed UFOs... back-engineered alien technology... the government cover-up of a secret that would change the world as we know it... But what if, instead of covering up the UFO story, elements in the US military had actively encouraged it as part of their Cold War counterintelligence arsenal - manufacturing the myth of the UFO as a powerful weapon of mass deception and the perfect cover for all manner of clandestine technologies and operations. Now, for the first time, some of those whose actions have directly shaped the UFO mythology, and some of their victims, tell their stories, revealing a surreal disturbing and sometimes tragic sequence of events that is part Manchurian Candidate and part Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  The truth is far stranger than the UFO believers, or their detractors, would have you believe.  Directors: John Lundberg, Roland Denning Writer: Mark Pilkington Stars: Rick Doty, Paul Bennewitz, Greg Bishop

Ping Pong Summer

From IMDB: A family vacation during the summer of 1985 changes everything for a teenage boy obsessed with ping pong. Director: Michael Tully Writers: Michael Tully (screenplay), Michael Tull Stars: Marcello Conte, Judah Friedlander, Amy Sedaris, Susan Sarandon


From IMDB: Despite a paralyzed leg, Grigris, 25 year old, dreams of being a dancer. A challenge. But his dreams are dashed when his uncle falls critically ill. To save him, Grigris resolves to work for petrol traffickers. Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun Writer: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (screenplay) Stars: Souleymane Démé, Anaïs Monory, Cyril Guei

When I Saw You

From IMDB: 1967. The world is alive with change: brimming with reawakened energy, new styles, music and an infectious sense of hope. In Jordan, a different kind of change is underway as tens of thousands of refugees pour across the border from Palestine. Having been separated from his father in the chaos of war, Tarek, 11, and his mother Ghaydaa, are amongst this latest wave of refugees. Placed in "temporary" refugee camps made up of tents and prefab houses until they would be able to return, they wait, like the generation before them who arrived in 1948. With difficulties adjusting to life in Harir camp and a longing to be reunited with his father, Tarek searches a way out, and discovers a new hope emerging with the times.  A journey full of adventure, love, humor, and the desire to be free. A story of the human spirit that knows no borders. Director: Annemarie Jacir Writer: Annemarie Jacir (screenplay) Stars: Mahmoud Asfa, Ruba Blal, Saleh Bakri


For a few weeks I have noted

For a few weeks I have noted that the order for the movie Bethlehem, posted 8/14/14, unlike similar new orders, cannot be put on hold. Only Other Actions are possible. Why is this? Is it an oversight? Could you please make the correction so that the movie can be reserved before it's arrival? Thanks for looking into this problem.

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