Deaf Crocodile

Time of Roses

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This listing is for the standard edition Blu-ray. The limited edition slipcover (designed by Lucas Peverill) was limited to 2,000 units and is sold out. The two versions are identical, aside from the slipcover.

Deaf Crocodile is an L.A.-based Distribution + Restoration company focused on New, Independent, Lost/Unseen and World Cinema with a special interest in Animation, Cult Horror + Fantasy, LGBTQ films, and the work of neglected and underrepresented Filmmakers from across the spectrum. The company was founded by film restoration expert Craig Rogers and distributor / exhibitor Dennis Bartok. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing Deaf Crocodile's brand new line of home video releases! 

Finnish director Risto Jarva’s fascinating, futuristic sci-fi mystery is set in a dystopian, Pop Art-designed world of gleaming white towers, Sony video monitors and inflatable furniture, where the beautiful inhabitants all dress as Edie Sedgwick-like pixie sprites or medieval page boys out of LOGAN’S RUN. A historian of late 20th century culture - “before class boundaries were abolished” – named Raimo (Arto Tuominen) is researching the death many years earlier of a free-spirited erotic model named Saara (Ritva Vepsä) who died under mysterious circumstances. (She caused a public scandal by asking three of her wealthy, powerful lovers to pay for an abortion). Raimo finds Saara’s identical double – an earthy, uninhibited engineer named Kisse (also played by Vepsä) -- and tries to convince her to re-enact Saara’s life and death for TV. Director Jarva was one of Finland’s most acclaimed fiction filmmakers and documentarians before he was tragically killed in an auto accident returning from a screening in 1977. His fabulously quirky vision of Future World, with its fragmented & abstract political conversation and semi-orgies (all waving hands and sitar music!) would have delighted both Andy Warhol and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

directed by: Risto Jarva
starring: Arto Tuominen, Ritva Vepsä, Tarja Markus
1969 / 105 min / 1.75:1 / Finnish DTS-HD MA 2.0

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  • Region A Blu-ray
  • RISTO JARVA, TYÖTOVERINI (RISTO JARVA, MY COLLEAGUE), 1984, 59 min., dir. Antti Peippo – a rarely-seen Finnish TV documentary featuring archival interview footage of Jarva and clips from his films
  • Two of Jarva’s brilliant, unconventional short films from the 1960s: his wildly satirical deconstruction of TV advertising, “Pakasteet” (Frozen Foods), 1969, 15 min. , and his Mod / Pop Art-influenced documentary “Computers Serve” (Tietokoneet palvelevat), 1968, 14 min.. (Both in Finnish with English subtitles.)
  • Deleted scene and original song "The Swallow Tower" (Pääskytorni) performed by Otto Donner cut from TIME OF ROSES
  • Original trailer
  • New commentary by film critic, professor and programmer Olaf Möller
  • New essay by filmmaker and critic Ville Suhonen of the Risto Jarva Association
  • Newly translated extracts from Risto Jarva’s writings
  • Blu-ray authoring by David Mackenzie of Fidelity In Motion
  • English SDH subtitles