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The Magic Flute (DVD MUSICAL MAG)  In Swedish with English captions.  134 min.  1975. 

A handsome young man tries to rescue the Queen of the Night's daughter from an evil sorcerer. Adapted from Mozart’s great opera and directed by Ingmar Bergman.

The Magician (DVD FOREIGN MAG)  101 min.  1958. 

A traveling magician is challenged by the Minister  of Health, who believes the magician to be a charlatan.

The Man Without a Past (DVD FOREIGN MAN)  In Finnish with English captions.  96 min.  2002. 

After a man is beaten and declared dead, he suddenly sits up and walks out of the hospital on his own. Determined to start his life over in a new town and unable to remember his name or his past, he becomes involved with a mother and her sons. Everything seems good until his past comes back to haunt him.

Max Manus: Man of War (DVD FOREIGN MAX)  In Norwegian with English captions.  113 min.  2008. 

An explosive, adrenaline-pumping thrill ride and the tale of one man's heroic actions in the line of duty. Based on the true story of World War II saboteur Max Manus and his personal struggles.

Mirush (DVD FOREIGN MIR)  In Norwegian with English captions.  104 min.  2007. 

A 15-year-old boy lives with his brother and mother under difficult conditions in Kosovo.  Mirush sets out on a journey to Norway in search of his father, whom he idolizes but can barely remember.  He gets a job in his father’s restaurant and chooses to keep his identity hidden so he can get to know his father and win his love rightfully.

The Monastery: Mr. Vig & the Nun (DVD FOREIGN MON)  In Danish with English captions.  85 min.  2006. 

A dream becomes reality when a former Orthodox priest living in Denmark decides to turn his castle into a monastery, and a young nun is dispatched to inspect the place. Will the man’s dream come true, or will the church’s ideas clash too much with his own?

Mother of Mine (DVD FOREIGN MOT)  In Finnish or Swedish with English captions.  105 min.  2005. 

When nine-year-old Eero’s father is killed at the beginning of World War II, his mother, broken by grief, is unable to care for him. She sends Eero from their home in Finland to live with a family in Sweden, away from the conflict. Feeling abandoned by his Finnish mother, he cannot quite attach to his Swedish surrogate mother. After his return to Finland, his confusion intensifies.

My Life as a Dog (DVD FOREIGN MY)  In Swedish or English with English captions.  101 min.  1985. 

Shipped off to live with his uncle for the summer, a 12-year-old boy finds adventure with the help of the town's warmhearted eccentrics. His experiences give him strength to accept his life and to eventually enjoy childhood.

Noi (DVD FOREIGN NOI)  In Icelandic with English captions.  90 min.  2003. 

Seventeen-year-old Noi lives on a fjord in the north of Iceland. In winter, the fjord is cut off from the world, surrounded by snow-covered mountains. Noi dreams of escaping with Iris, a city girl working in a local gas station, but his clumsy attempts at escape end in complete failure. Only a natural disaster will offer a better world.

O’Horten (DVD FOREIGN OHO)  In Norwegian with English captions.  90 min.  2007. 

Horten is forced to retire after 40 years of riding the rails as an engineer.  Life as he knows it is about to give way to an unknown future of adventures and experiences.

Oslo, August 31st (DVD FOREIGN OSL)  In Norwegian with English captions.  96 min.  2012.

Anders will soon complete his drug rehabilitation in the countryside. As part of the program, he is allowed to go into the city for a job interview. But he takes advantage of the leave and stays in the city, drifting around, meeting people he hasn't seen in a long while. Anders is smart, handsome, and from a good family, but he is deeply haunted by all the opportunities he has wasted and all the people he has let down.

The Passion of Anna (DVD FOREIGN PAS)  In Swedish with English captions.  101 min.  1970. 

Andreas is a flinty, dour loner who becomes involved with three of his island neighbors: a Machiavellian architect, his formless wife, and a widow (Liv Ullmann), a moralist who sustains herself with illusion. This is one of Ingmar Bergman's first films to be photographed in color.

Pelle the Conqueror (DVD FOREIGN PEL)  In Danish or English with English captions.  150 min.  1998.  

A Swedish man and his son Pelle travel to Denmark to find work and a better life. Pelle is inspired by the people he comes to know and realizes that to make his dreams come true, he must set out on a path of his own. Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of 1988.

Persona (DVD FOREIGN PER)  In Swedish or English with French, Spanish, or English captions.  83 min.  1966. 

In this Ingmar Bergman film, a famous actress is stricken with psychosomatic dumbness and is placed under a nurse's care in an isolated house, where the two assume each other's personalities.

R (DVD FOREIGN R)  In Danish with English captions.  99 min.  2010. 

The prisoner R arrives at Denmark's toughest prison where he is to serve his sentence for a violent assault. R is reduced to a number, a letter, and just another inmate. The prison is a parallel world filled with rules, honor, and debts. A world in which bars cover the windows and blood stains the floor. R is placed in the most hardcore ward. Here he must find his place in the system, learn to navigate, and fight for survival.

Rare Exports – A Christmas Tale (DVD FOREIGN RAR)  In Finnish with English captions.  80 min.  2010. 

Young Pietari lives with his stern reindeer-herding father Rauno in arctic Finland. On the eve of Christmas, an enormous excavation at a nearby mountain disturbs the locals and captures Pietari's curiosity. When Rauno's reindeer herd is mysteriously slain and the children in town go missing, Pietari realizes that the dig has unearthed the evil Santa Claus of local lore, who no one wants coming to town.

Reconstruction (DVD FOREIGN REC)  In Danish with English captions.  93 min. 2005. 

This story follows Alex, a photographer, and beautiful Aimee, who meet by chance and fall in love in the course of one intense day.

Reprise (DVD FOREIGN REP)  In Norwegian with English and Spanish captions.  107 min.  2008. 

Follows two aspiring novelists and lifelong friends journeying down different paths after one’s first novel receives wild acclaim and the other’s a pile of rejection slips.

 

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