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The Legend of the Holy Drinker

Ermanno Olmi France, 1988

29 days to watch

In May we lost one of the great Italian directors of all time, Ermanno Olmi. Best known for cinematic miracles such as Il Posto and The Tree of Wooden Clogs, we pay tribute to his humanist gaze with this deeply affecting moral parable, whose images boast an overwhelming spiritual resonance.

All the Mornings of the World

Alain Corneau France, 1991

28 days to watch
After the New Wave

Long before Whiplash, Corneau explored a similar story of the musician Marin Marais and his tutelage by the cantankerous Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe. The two are movingly played by the late Guillaume Depardieu and his father Gérard, who in tandem articulate a brilliant soul in this ode to creation.

Choice of Arms

Alain Corneau France, 1981

27 days to watch
After the New Wave

We return to the versatile oeuvre of Alain Corneau with a high-tension thriller about a retired mobster (Montand!), his wife (Deneuve!), and a prison escapee (Depardieu!). The familiar story of a mobster returning for one last job is revised here with nuance, carving a film of rare unpredictability.

Erase and Forget

Andrea Luka Zimmerman United Kingdom, 2017

26 days to watch

What do Rambo, A-Team’s John “Hannibal” Smith and Apocalypse Now‘s Colonel Kurtz have in common? They were all inspired by Bo Gritz, the sinister yet fascinating subject of this absorbing, ten-years-in-the-making doc, where Luka Zimmerman fearlessly reflects on how ingrained war is in America’s DNA.

Norte, the End of History

Lav Diaz Philippines, 2013

25 days to watch
The Long Take

Powerfully transplanting “Crime and Punishment” to the Philippines, Norte continues our exploration of long camera shots in contemporary cinema. Lav Diaz brings his singular immersive use of duration to this saga to expand our perspective on its characters’ emotions, psychology, and their world.

Victoria

Sebastian Schipper Germany, 2015

24 days to watch
The Long Take

Our double feature this week is devoted to two visionary uses of the long take, a bold technique that uses extended duration of shots to expressive affect. No recent film has taken this as far as Victoria, a bravura, serpentine tour of a single night in Berlin held in the camera’s taut suspense.

The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company

Jean-Luc Godard Switzerland, 1986

23 days to watch

A Godard film with Jean-Pierre Léaud you didn’t know existed? Yes. Originally commissioned for French TV—and broadcast only once in 30 years—this is a playfully forlorn ode to the B-side of showbiz from its greatest saboteur. A new restoration has given this ’86 jewel the cinematic life it deserves.

The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

Mohsen Makhmalbaf Iran, 1990

22 days to watch
MUBI x NANG Present: IN
& OUT

MUBI & Nang’s focus on “filmmakers in transit” resumes with Iranian New Wave pioneer—now living in exile—Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Originally removed from circulation by the censors, this incisive, formally intrepid socio-political critique sees the light 25 years late, having lost none of its relevance.

The Night

Edgardo Castro Argentina, 2016

21 days to watch

A middle-aged homosexual man experiments with bouts of drugs and sex in this intimate, mesmeric dive into the world of Buenos Aires’ night life. Shot through with an non-judgmental and tender disposition, this journey of euphoria is highly explicit yet never exploitative—and frankly, unforgettable.

Harry Smith at the Breslin Hotel

Robert Frank United States, 2017

20 days to watch
Competing at Oberhausen

We conclude our showcase of some of the best films competing at the Oberhausen festival with a genuine surprise. Renowned photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank has made his first new film in years: A time capsule of a touching and unique encounter between two iconoclastic artists in New York.

A Branch of a Pine Is Tied Up

Tomoyasu Murata Japan, 2017

19 days to watch
Competing at Oberhausen

Being one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind, Oberhausen sets a very high bar for short form storytelling—and animation is no exception! This Japanese stop motion fable blends a multi-layered narrative, atmospheric richness and sociological relevance, while having the biggest of hearts.

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Robert Hamer United Kingdom, 1949

18 days to watch
Ealing Comedies

Our Ealing comedies series concludes with the studio’s (and director Robert Hamer’s) uncontested finest 1 hour and 46 minutes. Unlike most of the Ealing films that preceded it, this comedy is ink-black, the politics subversive, and the values amoral. Starring Alec Guinness in 8 different roles!

Delicatessen

Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro France, 1991

17 days to watch

Before The City of Lost Children the duo of Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro made their ingenious debut with idiosyncratic stylization that only two cartoonists could conjure. Set in a truly surreal vision of Paris, Delicatessen is a comic cult classic about the banality of post-apocalyptic existence.

So Long Enthusiasm

Vladimir Durán Argentina, 2017

16 days to watch

Every family has its own rule book. With traces of Martel and Lanthimos, So Long Enthusiasm plunges into the uncanny, challenging our idea of normalcy by braiding filial dynamics, claustrophobia and surrealism as if invoking Kafka. Unsettling and tender in equal parts, this is a staggering debut.

Alice and Martin

André Téchiné France, 1998

15 days to watch
After the New Wave

In 1985, director Andre Téchiné collaborated with new talent, including actress Juliette Binoche and auteur Olivier Assayas (serving as screenwriter) on the sublime Rendez-vous. The trio later reunited for Alice and Martin, a novelistic portrait of the struggle between ones romantic life and family.

The Hymns of Muscovy

Dimitri Venkov Russia, 2018

14 days to watch
Competing at Oberhausen

Turning Moscow upside down is no simple trick in Dimitri Venkov’s awesome short, the third highlight we’re showing directly from Oberhausen’s International Competition. Its survey of Soviet architecture is monumental yet alien, a city symphony (set to the Soviet anthem) rendered concrete—yet unreal.

Carolee, Barbara and Gunvor

Lynne Sachs United States, 2018

13 days to watch
Competing at Oberhausen

Next in our series of highlights competing at Oberhausen—one of the world’s best short film festivals—we are delighted to present Lynne Sach’s portrait of three extraordinary women artists. Warmly compassionate and sprightly inquisitive, the film captures personality and philosophy in equal measure.

Creature Companion

Melika Bass United States, 2018

12 days to watch
Competing at Oberhausen

Today we launch our 3rd annual partnership with the prestigious International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, from which we selected five of our favorite films from their 2018 competition. To start: Melika Bass’s beguiling, perhaps radical, reinterpretation of femininity in American suburban life.

Lourdes

Jessica Hausner Austria, 2009

11 days to watch

Jessica Hausner’s film on the complexity of Christian faith casts a mysterious spell with its tale of a handicapped woman (a lovely Sylvie Testud) making a pilgrimage in the hope of something miraculous. The grave story is lent wry and surprising twists of tone, mixing sincerity, humor and suspense.

The Tree

Julie Bertuccelli France, 2010

10 days to watch

This family drama is an incisive look at the complicated ways in which we cope with the loss of a loved one, and the moment in childhood wherein one first encounters mortality. With the always sensitive Charlotte Gainsbourg as the central matriarch, and a stellar turn from newcomer Morgana Davies.

The Lavender Hill Mob

Charles Crichton United Kingdom, 1951

9 days to watch
Ealing Comedies

Long before Ocean’s 11 (the original!), director Charles Crighton and Ealing Studios assembled a lovable cast of eccentrics for a hectic and unpredictable bank heist you won’t soon forget. The Lavender Hill Mob is brilliantly spry entertainment, which exemplifies the British comedy at its finest.

The Producers

Mel Brooks United States, 1967

8 days to watch

A true phenomenon—first inspiring a Broadway musical, then later a film remake of said musical: The Producers lives up to and even exceeds the hype. A perfect turn from Gene Wilder, amongst countless virtues, certify this cult classic as one of the funniest films of all time. Happy birthday, Mel.

The Sea Stares at Us from Afar

Manuel Muñoz Rivas Spain, 2017

7 days to watch
New Spanish Cinema

We conclude our series of new independent cinema from Spain—shown in partnership with the multi-city LA OLA showcase—with Manuel Muñoz Rivas’s richly evocative documentary devoted to an isolated expanse of Spanish seaside, its dwindling ways of life, wayward tourism and profoundly sensual textures.

Kuro

Joji Koyama, Tujiko Noriko Germany, 2017

6 days to watch

We’re excited to premiere a new film of bold form and deep humanity. Reminiscent of Resnais and Chris Marker, it tells two stories at once: one through images, the other through sound (co-director and composer Tujiko Noriko is an acclaimed musician). Both are linked by love, split in time and space.

Ouroboros

Basma Alsharif France, 2017

5 days to watch
MUBI x NANG Present: IN
& OUT

In collaboration with Nang magazine and their “filmmakers in transit” focus we’re presenting the entrancing debut by nomad artist Basma Alsharif. Inspired by the mythological snake that devours its own tail, Ourobouros tackles historical causality by interrogating the cyclical nature of time.

Weirdos

Bruce McDonald Canada, 2016

3 days to watch

Presenting the premiere of the latest MUBI Release! Bruce McDonald’s tender and sweet teen drama is the perfect summer film: a road trip about self-discovery that travels across beautiful Nova Scotia, set to fabulous ’70s tunes. A gentle gem featuring a star-making performance by Julia Sarah Stone.

Convoy

Sam Peckinpah United States, 1978

2 days to watch

Today we celebrate the birthday of a truly singular American talent: the singer, songwriter, and actor Kris Kristofferson. An adaptation of a hit country song, director Sam Peckinpah elevated Convoy’s thin concept to an action-packed modernist western of vehicular chaos. In other words: essential.

The Maggie

Alexander Mackendrick United Kingdom, 1954

Expiring at midnight PDT
Ealing Comedies

After the incisive satire of The Man in the White Suit, the great Alexander Mackendrick continued his cinematic project regarding the struggles with modernity of the working class, but this time on the open sea. The Maggie is yet another perfectly pitched humanist comedy from Ealing Studios.

Júlia ist

Elena Martín Spain, 2017

Before going to Berlin on Erasmus, the future seemed very clear to Júlia, a 21-year-old architecture student. Once there, completely alone for the first time, she realizes that she does not know herself as well as she thought, and that she has no idea what she wants to do.

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