Robin Wright Directorial Debut ‘Land’ Due on Digital April 27, Disc May 11

The drama Land, starring and directed by Robin Wright, will come out on digital April 27 and on Blu-ray and DVD May 11 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From acclaimed actress Wright (Wonder Woman, “House of Cards”) comes her feature film directorial debut, the story of one woman’s search for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness. Edee (Wright), in the aftermath of an unfathomable event, finds herself unable to stay connected to the world she once knew, and in the face of that uncertainty, retreats to the magnificent, but unforgiving, wilds of the Rockies. After a local hunter (Demian Bichir, The Hateful Eight, “Weeds”) brings her back from the brink of death, she must find a way to live again.

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Bonus features on Blu-ray, DVD and digital include “Crafting Land,” in which filmmakers and cast discuss how shooting in such a beautiful but brutal location added unique challenges and a distinct authenticity; “Robin Wright: Feature Film Directorial Debut,” in which Wright reveals why this project stood out from the others she considered for her feature film directorial debut, and how directing the film gave her a unique perspective on what she needed to give as an actress; and “After the Trauma,” examining the mental process Edee goes through in the aftermath of tragedy, how her pain is relatable, and why this was the perfect time to tell such an uplifting story.

SXSW Prize Winner ‘S#!%house’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray May 18 From IFC

The comedic romance S#!%house will come out on DVD and Blu-ray May 18 from IFC Films.

The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival.

In the film, lonely college freshman Alex (writer/directory Cooper Raiff) has closed himself off from his peers who all appear to have college figured out. But everything changes one night when he takes a leap and attends a party at S#!%house — a legendary party fraternity — where he forges a strong connection with Maggie (Dylan Gelula, First Girl I Loves). The next day, she ignores him completely and seems to have forgotten about their amazing night. Desperately clinging to his social breakthrough, Alex pulls out all the stops with one more night at the fraternity, hoping to rekindle that moment of connection.

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Faith-Based ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Coming to DVD and VOD May 11

The faith-based film My Brother’s Keeper will arrive on DVD and VOD May 11 from Collide Distribution in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film, which shares a story of faith and forgiveness in the wake of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, was directed by Kevan Otto (A Question of Faith, Forgiven) and written by U.S. Army Veteran Ty Manns (A Question of Faith, The 5th quarter). The film stars T.C. Stallings (War Room, A Question of Faith), Joey Lawrence (“Melissa & Joey”, “Blossom,” “Hawaii Five-0”), Robert Ri’chard (Coach Carter, “Empire”) and Keshia Knight Pulliam (“The Cosby Show”).

My Brother’s Keeper follows the story of returning war veteran SFC Travis Fox (Stallings), who has one more battle to fight — PTSD.  Fox and his best friend Ron “Preach” Pearcy (Lawrence) are in their sixth combat deployment when Preach and his entire Ranger platoon are killed in a deadly improvised explosive device attack. Travis returns to his hometown to settle the affairs of his parents who had passed away years before. In searching for answers about his parents, he also discovers a new obstacle in PTSD. He finds support from church counselor Tiffany Robertson (Knight-Pulliam) and slowly begins to rediscover his faith in God, until he uncovers a secret hidden by his best friend Donnie Berry (Ri’chard) that threatens his new-found faith, restores his guilt and causes him to consider the unthinkable.

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The film also had a theatrical run.

“It was so encouraging that many theaters across the U.S. re-opened their theaters with My Brother’s Keeper, a desperately needed story of hope,” Manns said in a statement. “It is also an incredible honor that the film was able to play on military bases and at the National Infantry Museum. We pray that, as the film becomes available to larger audiences through home entertainment, the story continues to give encouragement to those struggling with issues of PTSD, forgiveness, and loss. A reminder that, no matter what the situation, there is always hope.”

Doc ‘Robolove,’ Animated ‘BoBoiBoy: Elemental Heroes’ Among Titles Available on DVD From MVD and Synergetic in April

The documentaries Robolove and COVID-19: Inside Job as well as the animated BoBoiBoy: Elemental Heroes and the drama Sibel will be released in April on DVD only from Synergetic Distribution and MVD Entertainment Group.

Robolove is a documentary that reflects on the strategies of men and women involved with the creation of artificial intelligence and robots that will perhaps one day expand human life, featuring such subjects as Japanese robotics guru Hiroshi Ishiguro and transhumanist Natasha Vita More. While the difference between humans and androids is diminishing, the tension between technology and social responsibility is growing as much as utopian visions expand.

The film was a 2019 official selection/nominee at the Austria Film Festival; a 2020 official selection at the Moscow International Documentary Film Festival; a 2020 official selection at the Docs Against Gravity Film Festival; and a 2020 official selection at the Amplify Film Festival.

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The documentary COVID-19: Inside Job explores the work done on developing a vaccine for COVID-19. The Jenner institute was given a billion dollars by the United States to produce “hundreds of millions” of doses of a vaccine not tested on humans. This is a GMO vaccine, requiring typically many years to produce, and yet this lab supposedly developed it in 19 days. Through investigative research, John Hankey unfolds the origin of a possible COVID-19 vaccine through research into scientific papers, interviews and testing.

In the drama Sibel, 25-year-old Sibel (Damla Sönmez) lives with her father and sister in a secluded village in the mountains of Turkey’s Black Sea region. Sibel is a mute, but she communicates by using the ancestral whistled language of the area. Rejected by her fellow villagers, she relentlessly hunts down a wolf that is said to be prowling in the neighboring forest, sparking fears and fantasies among the village women. There she crosses path with a fugitive. Injured, threatening and vulnerable, he is the first one to take a fresh look at her.

The film was an official selection at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) and Sönmez won Best Actress at the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival and the 2019 Sadri Alisik Theatre and Cinema Awards.

In BoBoiBoy: Elemental Heroes, a followup to BoBoiBoy: The Movie, BoBoiBoy and his friends have been attacked by a villain named Retak’ka who is the original user of BoBoiBoy’s elemental powers. He seeks to take back his elemental powers from BoBoiBoy to become the most powerful person and dominate the galaxy. Together with his friends, BoBoiBoy must find a way to defeat Retak’ka before his powers fall into the wrong hands.

The feature, which had limited theatrical screenings in December 2020, won Best Animated Program or Series at the 2020 Asian Academy Creative Awards. The “BoBoiBoy” series is broadcast in more than 70 countries.

South African Director Oliver Hermanus Discusses ‘Institutionalized Whiteness’ Portrayed in ‘Moffie’

South African filmmaker Oliver Hermanus’ Moffie could not be more relevant today as the issues of LGBTQ rights and Black Lives Matter remain ever potent movements.

Hermanus’ fourth feature, which vied for the Queer Lion at the Venice Film Festival, is an adaptation of André-Carl van der Merwe’s searing debut novel about his military experience during South Africa’s infamous apartheid era. In it he describes the absurd irony of being a young gay conscript defending a regime that has institutionalized homophobia as well as racism.

Speaking of South Africa’s military then, Hermanus said, “It was ‘institutionalized whiteness.’ [The soldiers] were brainwashed to represent the ideologies of apartheid which extended to the treatment of women and the treatment of children.”

The term “moffie” is an Afrikaans slur for a gay man, considered even more insulting than the closest English equivalent, “faggot.”

Moffie bows April 9 in select theaters as well as on digital and VOD platforms.

The drama follows 18-year-old Nicholas van der Swart (Kai Luke Brummer) who, like most white boys his age, has been drafted into two years of mandatory military service. A closeted gay man, he suffers the extreme rigors of boot camp training in scenes that recall Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. He knows that revealing his sexual orientation would mean banishment to a psychiatric ward for “reconversion therapy.” But he also forms a strong bond with a fellow recruit and discovers himself in the process.

“We avoided watching films with military themes as we didn’t want to get sucked into that, but there are tropes that are inherent; one almost can’t avoid references to these iconic films,” said Hermanus of the Full Metal Jacket comparisons. But the challenge of making a military film was too strong to pass up.

Somewhere out there are some very angry tourists as they shot some of the last scenes by Capetown’s Boulders Beach, famous for its Jackass penguins.

“We had to close it for the day as we were using its parking lot as our base camp so these busloads of tourists, who came from all over the world, were turned away for the day,” he recalled.

South Africa is now one of the most progressive countries on the African continent while homosexuality is still considered a major crime in some countries. It was the fifth country in the world and the first in Africa to legalize same-sex marriage.

Hermanus, who is gay and black, feels lucky to have grown up most of his life in the post-apartheid era.

“We went from being one of the world’s worst, with institutionalized crimes against humanity, to being the country with one of the most prolific and advanced constitutions in the world — a complete 180 degree turn,” he noted.

Hermanus is now in pre-production on Living, which he will shoot in the summer in London with Bill Nighy and Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education) as leads. Nobel and Booker Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of The Day) has written the screenplay, based on the 1952 classic Ikiru, co-written by Japanese master Akira Kurosawa. Set in early 1950s London, Living follows a veteran civil servant (Nighy) who is bogged down by his predictable life. When he learns he has contracted a deadly illness, he seeks to find some meaning with the unexpected help of a young co-worker.

‘The Last Right’ Due on Digital and VOD April 9 From Level 33

The comedic drama The Last Right will come out on digital and VOD April 9 from Level 33 Entertainment.

Directed by Aoife Crehan (EmptyTwo Peas), the film stars Michiel Huisman (The Age of Adeline, “Game of Thrones”), Niamh Algar (“Raised By Wolves”), Samuel Bottomley (Tyrannosaur), Michael McElhatton (“Game of Thrones”), Eleanor O’Brien (“Blast from the Past”), Jim Norton (Straw Dogs), Brian Cox (X2: X-Men UnitedTroy), Colm Meaney (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”) and  Aidan O’Hare (Jackie).

The Last Right follows New York-based Daniel Murphy (Huisman), who wakes on a flight to Ireland to find elderly passenger Padraig Murphy (Norton) has died in the next seat. To his surprise, the lonely Padraig had just listed him as his next of kin. Daniel, his autistic brother (Bottomley) and a woman (Algar) they’ve just met must journey across the Emerald Isle to bury the stranger, becoming the focus of a nationwide manhunt for body snatching.

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Gravitas Ventures Acquires ‘Queen Bees,’ Coming to Theaters and On Demand June 11

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights from Arclight Films to distribute the dramatic comedy Queen Bees. The film will come out in theaters and on demand June 11.

The Astute Films production, directed by Michael Lembeck, stars Ellen Burstyn, James Caan, Ann-Margret, Jane Curtin, Christopher Lloyd, Loretta Devine, Elizabeth Mitchell and French Stewart.

In the film, while her house undergoes repairs, a fiercely independent senior Helen (Burstyn) moves into a nearby retirement community — just temporarily. Once behind the doors of Pine Grove Senior Community, she encounters lusty widows, cutthroat bridge tournaments and a hotbed of bullying “mean girls” the likes of which she hasn’t encountered since high school, all of which leaves her yearning for the solitude of home. But somewhere between flower arranging and water aerobics Helen discovers that it’s never too late to make new friends and perhaps even find a new love.

A heartwarming and humorous look at life’s second act, Queen Bees (previously known as At Last) is inspired by the true story of producer Harrison Powell’s own grandmother’s second chance at love after moving into a retirement community as a widow.

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“As a witness to the joy that finding love at 80 can bring, we knew it was a film we wanted to make and the amazing cast really brought it to life,” producer Dominique Telson said in a statement.

Queen Bees is a feast for the heart,” Arclight Films’ chairman Gary Hamilton said in a statement. “The astounding performances of Ellen Burstyn, James Caan and the rest of the star cast make us laugh and feel good. Michael did an extraordinary job in making this a film for all ages united by the universal topic of love. We trust this gem in the hands of our longtime valued friends at Gravitas Ventures and are certain that with them, this diamond will shine and bring joy to domestic audiences.”

“Michael’s film is the breath of fresh air audiences need right now, a hilarious and life-affirming story with excellent performances from an iconic cast. We look forward to presenting the film to North American audiences,” Tony Piantedosi, VP of acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures, said in a statement.

‘Mommy Dearest’ Debuting on Blu-ray June 1 in Paramount Presents Line

The campy drama Mommy Dearest will come out on Blu-ray Disc for the first time June 1 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Released for its 40th anniversary, the film will be part of the Paramount Presents catalog line.

Based on Christina Crawford’s controversial best-selling, tell-all novel, the film stars Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, struggling for her career while battling the inner demons of her private life. While the public Crawford was a strong-willed, glamorous object of admiration, behind the scenes was a private Crawford — the woman desperate to be a single mother and trying to survive in a devastating industry that swallows careers thoughtlessly.

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Newly restored from a 4K film transfer, Mommy Dearest will be presented in a limited-edition with collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. The Blu-ray includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” on the film with biographer Justin Bozung and its director Frank Perry, a new audio commentary with American drag queen Hedda Lettuce, access to a digital copy of the film, as well as previously released bonus content. Other special features include commentary by filmmaker John Waters; “The Revival of Joan”; “Life with Joan”; “Joan Lives On”; a photo gallery; and the original theatrical trailer.

Gravitas Ventures Drama ‘Our Friend’ Due on Digital March 23, DVD March 30 From Universal

The Gravitas Ventures drama Our Friend will come out on digital March 23 and on DVD March 30 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film tells the true story of the Teague family — journalist Matt (Casey Affleck), his wife Nicole (Dakota Johnson) and their two young daughters — and how their lives are upended by Nicole’s diagnosis of terminal cancer. As Matt’s responsibilities as a caretaker and parent become increasingly overwhelming, the couple’s best friend Dane Faucheux (Jason Segel) offers to come and help out. As Dane puts his life on hold to stay with his friends, the impact of this life-altering decision proves greater and more profound than anyone could have imagined.

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The release includes a behind-the-scenes bonus feature in which filmmakers and cast, including Segel, Johnson and Affleck, discuss why they were drawn to this true story and how they worked together to honestly portray the real people at its center.

Drama ‘Here Are the Young Men’ Due on Digital April 27 From Well Go

The drama Here Are the Young Men, featuring Golden Globe winner Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”), will come out on digital April 27 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Based on the novel by Rob Doyle, the coming-of-age story catalogs the last hurrah of three high school graduates intent on celebrating their newfound freedom with an epic, debaucherous bender. However, when a horrible accident sends them spiraling, the trio must grapple with the most daunting challenge of their lives: facing their own inner demons.

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In addition to Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit, The New Mutants, Emma), the film stars Dean-Charles Chapman (1917, “Game of Thrones”), Finn Cole (“Peaky Blinders,” Slaughterhouse Rulez), Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (“Vikings”), Travis Fimmel (“Vikings,” Warcraft) and Conleth Hill (“Game of Thrones”). The film is written and directed by Eoin Macken (Cold, Dreaming for You).