New Releases

Celluloid Man
A film by Shivendra Singh Dungapur
India, 2012

"One of the best movies ever made about cinema" Mark Cousins

Celluloid Man is a tribute to film archivist and obsessive cinephile P.K. Nair, a man whose childhood fascination with cinema finally led to the creation of the National Film Archive of India. Nair has also influenced generations of Indian filmmakers by introducing them to new worlds through the prism of cinema. Featuring wonderful clips and interviews with many Indian and international filmmakers, this award-winning documentary is both a portrait of a man's passion with film and a love letter to cinema itself.

This illuminating documentary is presented on DVD for the first time anywhere in the world.

Release Date: April 2014

Transport from Paradise
(Transport z ráje)
A film by Zbyněk Brynych
Czechoslovakia, 1962

"One of the most brilliant works of both the Czech New Wave and Holocaust cinema"
A Short Chronology of World Cinema

Zbyněk Brynych's award-winning film presents a vivid and realistic picture of the infamous Terezín Ghetto under Nazi control during World War II. Terezín (or Theresienstadt) was an international marshaling community in Czechoslovakia where thousands of Jews from around Europe were held before being told they were being transferred to Nazi ‘work camps’.

Scripted by survivor Arnošt Lustig (Diamonds of the Night), based on his personal experiences and filmed in Terezín itself, Transport from Paradise is a profoundly affecting drama shot through with moments of strange and intense beauty. This powerful and haunting feature lingers in the mind long after viewing is presented for the first time ever in the UK.

Release Date: February 2014

New Releases

Ikarie XB 1
A film by Jindřich Polák
Czechoslovakia, 1963

"Remains one of the most original and exciting science fiction films ever made... A game-changing film that profoundly influenced the genre and showed that science-fiction movies weren't only about special effects; they were also high art" Alex Cox, The Guardian

Tropical Malady

Jindřich Polák’s pioneering and much-imitated feature Ikarie XB 1 is one of the cornerstones of contemporary sci-fi cinema. It predates Star Trek and Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and was clearly an influence on both, as well as on almost every other science-fiction work that followed.

Presented in a superb new anamorphic digital transfer with restored picture and sound and features a newly filmed appreciation by author and critic Kim Newman and a new essay on the film by author Michael Brooke.

Second Run are delighted to present this seminal work of fantasy cinema in its complete and original form for the first time ever in the English-speaking world. 

Release Date: September 2013

The White Dove
A film by František Vláčil
Josef Kilián
A film by Pavel Juráček & Jan Schmidt

Czechoslovakia, 1960 / 1963

The White Dove:
“A bold and striking debut” Sight & Sound

Josef Kilián:
"Juráček and Schmidt scarcely put a foot wrong in evoking the incomprehensible mazes - simultaneously absurd and terrifying - of totalitarian bureaucracy" Time Out

Second Run DVD present a unique double bill of two early works now regarded as two of the main precursors of the Czechoslovak New Wave. Featuring The White Dove, the stunning debut feature of master filmmaker František Vláčil (Marketa Lazarová) and the surrealist Josef Kilián (making its world-première release on DVD).

Presented in a new digital transfers with restored picture and sound, the DVD is accompanied by a 24-page booklet with new essays on both films by author Peter Hames.

Release Date: October 2013

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