OVID in December Includes 10 Films with 5 Exclusive Streaming Premieres

Charlotte Gainsbourg in Suzanna AndlerNew York Film Festival hit All About My Sisters, Jan Svankmajer, Abbas Kiarostami, and more!
OVID.tv has announced its December slate of ten (10) streaming releases, including an eight-part drama series and five (5) Exclusive Streaming Premieres.

Their December slate includes new releases from both beloved and emerging filmmakers. Fresh off its successful run at the New York Film Festival, Qiong Wang’s ALL ABOUT MY SISTERS is a devastatingly personal look at the consequences of China’s one-child policy. Later in the month, celebrated French filmmaker Benoît Jacquot teams up with Charlotte Gainsbourg for an adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ SUZANNA ANDLER.

They are also presenting Jan Svankmajer’s eerie classic FAUST, Jafar Panahi and Abbas Kiarostami’s Iranian tragedy CRIMSON GOLD, and finally, after a delay in November, the spooky international smash hit THE RETURNED (LES REVENANTS). All of this and more is coming to OVID in December!
Friday, December 3

Bright Future
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, KimStim, Feature, 2003
Japan

Kiyoshi Kurosawa, one of Japan’s most unique auteurs, builds a fascinatingly disorienting and quietly apocalyptic tale of alienated twenty-somethings in this haunting drama.

Enigmatic Mamoru (Tadanobu Asano) lives alone with his poisonous but hauntingly luminous jellyfish that stings anyone getting too close. Mamoru’s intense antisocial behavior is echoed by his co-worker and sole friend, Yuji (Jô Odagiri). They also share a dislike for their excessively solicitous boss, Fujiwara. However, and inextricably, Mamoru takes matters to the extreme, murdering both Fujiwara and his wife. With Mamoru in prison awaiting execution, Yuji is entrusted with the care of the lethal jellyfish, becoming attached to the strange creature while continuing with Mamoru’s previous efforts to acclimate the saltwater animal to thrive in freshwater. As the day for the creature’s transformation looms closer, Yuji befriends the doomed man’s father, Shin-ichiro, who bonds with Yuji and takes him under his wing. Just as Yuji’s life begins turning for the better, the jellyfish slips through his fingers into a nearby canal. There, it begins reproducing in massive numbers, menacing the entire city.

Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams
Directed by Ema Ryan Yamazaki, First Run Features, Documentary, 2019
US

Baseball is life for the die-hard competitors in the 100th annual Koshien, Japan’s wildly popular national high school baseball championship, whose alumni include U.S. baseball star Shohei Ohtani and former Yankee Hideki Matsui. But for Coach Mizutani and his players, cleaning the grounds and greeting their guests are equally important as honing their baseball skills.

In director Ema Ryan Yamazaki’s dramatic and intimate journey to the heart of the Japanese national character, will those acts add up to victory or prove a relic of the past?

Tuesday, December 7

All About My Sisters
OVID Exclusive, Streaming Premiere
Directed by Qiong Wang, Documentary, 2021
China

In her debut film, director Qiong Wang builds a riveting portrait of her family reckoning with the lasting impact of China’s one-child policy.

After giving birth to two daughters, Qiong’s parents were desperate for a boy. When they learned that they were pregnant with a third daughter, the couple embarked on a path that would affect their family for generations to come.

Filming for more than seven years, Ms. Wang courageously investigates her family’s shocking history. Intimate, powerful interviews with her parents and siblings and a keen eye for detail create a never-before-seen view of the one-child policy at its peak and the echoes that still haunt a family and their community today.

Wednesday, December 8

This is Cristina
OVID Exclusive, Streaming Premiere
Directed by Gonzalo Maza, Pragda, Feature,  2018
Chile

Renowned screenwriter Gonzalo Maza (A Fantastic WomanGloria) delivers a Chilean Frances Ha in this generational comedy produced by Academy Award-nominated actor and producer Salma Hayek (currently starring in The Eternals and House of Gucci).

Cristina and Susana have been best friends since high school. But now, at over 30 years of age, they are getting a wake-up call. Cristina has just gone through a divorce and is not prepared for her new bachelorhood, while Susana returns to live at her mother’s house. When the women fight and drift, they must deal with a long list of selfish, self-centered, and egotistical men on their own.

With beautiful black and white cinematography inspired by the films of John Cassavetes and Jim Jarmusch, This is Cristina makes clear that Maza is as talented a director as he is a screenwriter.

Friday, December 10

The Returned (Season One, Eight Episodes)
Directed by Fabrice Gobert and Frédéric Mermoud, Music Box Films, Series, 2013
France
In an idyllic French Alpine village, a seemingly random collection of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes. What they do not yet know is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. Buried secrets emerge as they grapple with this miraculous and sinister new reality, struggling to reintegrate with their families and past lovers. But it seems they are not the only ones back from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders that bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past…

A gripping, stylish mix of real and surreal, the highly cinematic The Returned (Les Revenants) features a wide range of top French film actors and a haunting, atmospheric soundtrack by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai.

Tuesday, December 14

A Fierce Green Fire
OVID Exclusive, Streaming Premiere
Directed by Mark Kitchell, Documentary, 2012
US

Narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende, and Meryl Streep

A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle For a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubbertappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization… the film tells vivid stories about people fighting – and succeeding – against enormous odds.
Wednesday, December 15

Faust
Directed by Jan Svankmajer, Animated Feature, 1994
Czech Republic

Jan Svankmajer’s Faust is a rendering of the infamous Dr. Faustus fable of temptation and damnation. Borrowing freely from both Marlowe and Goethe and ancient folktales and timeless myths, the story follows a lonely Czech businessman who sells his soul to the devil in return for 24 years of self-indulgence. A visually fantastic combination of live-action, claymation, puppet theatre, stop-motion animation, and other special effects, Svankmajer creates an unsettling universe presided over by diabolic life-size marionettes and haunted by sinister human messengers from hell.

Friday, December 17

Suzanna Andler
OVID Exclusive, Streaming Premiere
Directed by Benoît Jacquot, Icarus Films, Feature, 2021
France

Accompanied by her lover, Suzanna (Charlotte Gainsbourg), 40, views a Riviera beach house for her family’s summer vacation. This day, this break in her routine, in this new house, will mark a turning point in her life. Based on the Marguerite Duras play of the same name, Suzanna Andler is the portrait of a woman trapped in her marriage to a wealthy, unfaithful businessman in the 1960s. She must choose between her conventional destiny as a wife and mother, and her freedom, embodied by her young lover (Niels Schneider).

Tuesday, December 21

Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman
OVID Exclusive, Streaming Premiere
Directed by Herb Stratford, First Run Features, Documentary, 2021
US

The rise, fall and resurrection of the father of the American Arts and Crafts movement is chronicled in Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman, which offers an unprecedented look at the life and works of Stickley as told through interviews, archival materials, and a close examination of his most iconic works.

Crimson Gold
A film by Jafar Panahi, KimStim, Feature, 2003
Iran

Two master filmmakers, Abbas Kiarostami (A Taste of Cherry) and Jafar Panahi (The CircleTaxi) team up as writer and director, respectively, on Crimson Gold, a subtle tragedy of class conflict in modern Iran.

Hussein (Hossain Emadeddin, a real-life pizza delivery man who has schizophrenia) is a lumbering war veteran swollen by cortisone (for war-induced pain) and reduced to delivering pizzas at night. Through his nightly rounds, he bears witness to the rewards and vanities of the city’s wealthy. He is humiliated when a jewelry shop owner won’t allow him in his store, and under pressure to get married, Hussein awkwardly aspires to higher ground. When an eccentric socialite gives him a taste of luxury, Hussein can no longer accept his lowly status.

Kiarostami based the story on an actual newspaper account of a botched robbery attempt at a Tehranian jewelry store by a desperate pizza deliveryman.

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