There is a great mix of new DVDs now on display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library

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Under the Skin: Scarlett Johansson stars in this sci-fi thriller adapted from Michel Faber’s novel by director and co-writer Jonathan Glazer. Disguised as a human, extraterrestrial Laura (Johansson) comes from her home planet in search of earthly beings to send back to her employer. Arriving in Scotland she seeks out lonely hitchhikers to seduce, but can she keep her true identity hidden forever? The film also stars Paul Brannigan and Antonia Campbell-Hughes. Directed by Jonathan Glazier.

Bel Ami: Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman star in this sumptuous Paris-set period drama based on the novella by Guy de Maupassant. Georges Duroy (Pattinson) is a suave and handsome young journalist using his wits and powers of manipulation to make his way in 1890s Paris. In order to ascend the social ladder, Duroy seduces a string of influential society beauties including Madeleine Forestier (Thurman), Virginie Walters (Kristen Scott Thomas) and Clotilde de Marelle (Christina Ricci). His peasant background has soon become a distant memory as he achieves dizzying success both in his career and in fashionable society.

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Spring in a small town: This is usually considered the finest Chinese film ever made, and is remarkable for its use of voice-over and the subtlety of the lighting and camera movement. At its heart is a romantic triangle sparked when doctor Li Wei comes to visit his friend, the invalid Yu Shi. It transpires that Li is also the old flame of Yu’s wife, Wei Wei. But the married couple remain impeccably courteous in the ennui of their rundown home, even when Yu’s young sister, Zhang Hongmei, begins to flirt with the dashing guest.

Bill Cunningham New York: For decades, Bill Cunningham “has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the New York Times Style section in his columns ‘On the Street’ and ‘Evening Hours … ‘Presented’ is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.”

Other DVDs . . .
Kinetta. A film ‘ a darkly comic and compellingly hypnotic film’. by Yorgos Lanthimos. Arrietty. A film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi inspired by Mary Norton’s The Borrowers and two films presented by Waldemar Januszczak. Paradise Found – in this program, art critic Waldemar Januszczak travels through the heart of the Middle East and beyond to study a wide range of Islamic architecture, decoration, and art objects. Also Sickert Vs Sargent in which Januszczak profiles Walter Sickert and John Singer Sargent, two giants of Edwardian painting who could not have been more different.

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