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Asia Argento’s Directorial Debut, SCARLET DIVA, To Receive Newly-Restored HD Edition Release

Italian actress-writer-director Asia Argento, daughter of famed genre director Dario, has spent much of her life in the spotlight and under the glare of media scrutiny. In her dark, voyeuristic and semi-autobiographical directorial debut, SCARLET DIVA, Argento plays Anna Battista, a rising young actress who, despite her popularity and success, experiences despair and degradation at the hands of the film industry. Her harrowing journey towards redemption leads her on a sordid spree of excess across America and Europe while trying to recapture her innocence and find true love.

Newly restored in HD, Scarlet Diva has been applauded by audiences and critics alike since its original release nearly twenty years ago. In his New York Times theatrical review, A.O. Scott called the film “weirdly fascinating… curiously moving” and, for the Los Angeles Times, Manohla Dargis wrote that it “has more guts and energy than much of what will open this year.” Joe Bob Briggs said it is “raw, visceral, super-charged with the darkest of dark emotions” and G. Allen Johnson called it an “astounding work” of “full-throated rage against the international filmmaking machine.”


  • Two audio commentaries by Asia Argento (2002 & 2018)
  • Looking into the Eye of the Cyclops with Joe Coleman
  • Asia Argento interview
  • Making of Scarlet Diva
  • Original release promos
  • 20-page commemorative booklet

About Film Movement
Founded in 2002 as one of the first-ever subscription film services with its DVD-of-the-Month club, Film Movement is now a North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City. It has released more than 250 feature films and shorts culled from prestigious film festivals worldwide. Film Movement’s theatrical releases include American independent films, documentaries, and foreign art house titles. Its catalog includes titles by directors such as Hirokazu Kore-eda, Maren Ade, Jessica Hausner, Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrzej Wajda, Diane Kurys, Ciro Guerra and Melanie Laurent. In 2015, Film Movement launched its reissue label Film Movement Classics, featuring new restorations released theatrically as well as on Blu-ray and DVD, including films by such noted directors as Eric Rohmer, Peter Greenaway, Bille August, Marleen Gorris, Takeshi Kitano, Arturo Ripstein, Sergio Corbucci and Ettore Scola. For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com.