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Oh Canada! New imports from our neighbors to the north

Canada...home to single-payer universal health care, unabashed hockey love, and many movies on DVD that won't be making their way to the US soon--if at all. Here's a peek at our latest batch of Canadian imports: MAN FROM LONDON--Satantango director Bela Tarr's stark, psychological film about an elderly man who witness to a murder frays his moral and psychological fibers. It co-stars Oscar winner Tilda Swinton. MICMACS--Having missed its one screening at SIFF, I'm glad we now have the new film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, his latest since 2004's underrated A Very Long Engagement. I can only hope for the same mix of the melancholy and the fanciful (I don't mean that in a bad way) that we fell in love with in Amelie and City of Lost Children. Plus, the action begins in a video store while the main character is watching The Big Sleep. I'm sold. MARADONA BY KUSTURICA--For those not up on their international football stars, Diego Maradona is widely considered to be one of the greatest, and most controversial, players of all time. Emir Kusturica (When My Father Was Away On Business, Underground) documents his rise to fame and attempts to capture the essence of the legend. Apparently that essence includes the drive to sing a 10 minute epic ballad about your own greatness. We also have three new Euro-crime series: PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR VARG VEUM, a Norwegian show based on the novels by Gunnar Staalesen; DETECTIVE MONTALBANO, an Italian mystery series based on the novels by Andrea Camilleri, and OCTOPUS: SERIES 1, the beginning of the long running Italian miniseries about an police inspector going head to head with " a secret criminal culture extending its tentacles into every layer of society." All of these are currently in our New Release section.

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