A-Pix picks up three Stratosphere titles for DVD

A-Pix Entertainment has acquired three critically acclaimed feature films from Stratosphere Entertainment for release on DVD: Six Ways to Sunday, Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl and The Boys.

“Six Ways to Sunday” and “Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl”, both currently running in theaters, are slated for release later this year. “The Boys”, slated for
theatrical release this fall, will be released on home video in early 2001.

“Six Ways to Sunday” is a shockingly witty coming-of-age story from director Adam Bernstein. Eighteen-year old Harry Odum (Norman Reedus) finds manhood’s not all it’s cracked up to be… job security is a “do” or “die” proposition with his mob employer, Louis Varga (Jerry Adler). Love interest Iris (Elina Lowensohn) is on a collision course with his possessive mother Kate (Debbie Harry), who tries to make his filial devotion a lifelong career. When not submitting to Mom’s cloying ministrations, Harry keeps company with childhood friend, aspiring mafioso Arnie (Adrien Brody).

Joan Chen’s acclaimed directorial debut, Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl, was banned in China due to its political and sexual content. It recounts two love stories: one told as the haunting remembrance of love lost, and the other unfolding against reason in a seemingly loveless time and place, set against the background of China’s Cultural Revolution. Between 1967 and 1976, nearly eight million Chinese youths were “sent down” for specialized training to the remotest corners of that vast country. The majority found they could never return home. Some reinvented their lives in the outland regions, while others fell into obscurity, never to be seen or heard from again.

“The Boys”, winner of four Austrialian Film Institute (Academy) Awards and three Film Critics’ Circle of Australia Awards, is set in working class Sydney, where Brett Sprague (David Wenham) returns home after a year served in prison for a violent assault. He’s unable to respond to the overtures of his girlfriend Michelle (Toni Collette) or to find a place in the changed dynamics of his family. The film marks the directorial debut of Rowan Woods.

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