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One on Top of the Other

Lucio Fulci Italy, 1969

29 days to watch

Lucio Fulci is one of the finest talents of his generation—his films are as much audio-visual tapestries as they are narrative experiences, and this giallo revision of Vertigo is no exception. Alternatively titled Perversion Story, cinema doesn’t get more beguiling and darkly cynical than this.

The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun

Djibril Diop Mambéty Senegal, 1999

28 days to watch
THE DIRECTORS'
FORTNIGHT

The final film from the seminal Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambéty (Touki Bouki), this fleeting portrait of a girl in Dakar is yet another humanist triumph. Both naturalistic and allegorical in style, but never schematic, this 1999 Quinzaine premiere is a perfect balance of joy and pathos.

Following

Christopher Nolan United Kingdom, 1998

27 days to watch

Before Christopher Nolan became a towering talent in the game of big-budget filmmaking with the likes of The Dark Knight and Dunkirk, he made this ingenious small-scale thriller. As complexly structured and cerebrally tangled as his best work, this intimate neo-noir is as beguiling as the classics.

In the Game

Maria Finitzo United States, 2015

26 days to watch
The Unusual Subjects

From the team of producers behind the legendary documentary Hoop Dreams, Maria Finitzo’s wise, patient film similarly commits its vision to a team of high school athletes and their communal quest for a greater education through soccer. A small yet intimate gesture of humanism of immeasurable worth.

Blue Is the Warmest Color

Abdellatif Kechiche France, 2013

25 days to watch
Cannes Takeover

In one of the most extraordinary film performances in modern cinema, Adèle Exarchopoulos soars as a young woman exploring her sexuality in this masterful coming-of-age chronicle. Winner of the 2013 Palme d’Or for Kechiche and, in a Cannes Film Festival first, Exarchopoulos and co-star Léa Seydoux.

Nostalghia

Andrei Tarkovsky Italy, 1983

24 days to watch
Cannes Takeover

With only seven feature films, Andrei Tarkovsky created a world: of prophecy, madness, grace, and spiritual transcendence. Made in exile from the USSR, Nostalghia is a uniquely personal masterwork that stands with his best. Winner of Best Director at Cannes, an honor he shared with Robert Bresson!

Gomorrah

Matteo Garrone Italy, 2008

23 days to watch
Cannes Takeover

Without a hint of romanticism, Matteo Garrone’s acclaimed, authentic crime drama Gomorrah brings together a large ensemble of characters to build a broad panorama of the cause and effects of criminal life in Naples. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2008 edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Lamb

Yared Zeleke Ethiopia, 2015

22 days to watch
Cannes Takeover

The very first Ethiopian film to play Cannes, Yared Zeleke’s debut feature Lamb is a complexly tender vision of childhood under poverty. An enveloping, humble story nestled in the calming landscapes of rural Ethiopia—this is a rare modern film thoroughly invested in the power of the natural world.

This Is Not a Film

Mojtaba Mirtahasebi, Jafar Panahi Iran, 2011

21 days to watch
Cannes Takeover

Despite house arrest in his home country of Iran, director Jafar Panahi successfully made and smuggled to the Cannes Film Festival this self-reflexive, confessional masterpiece. Ingeniously subverting all notions of filmmaking, he’s created a deeply moving exercise in poetic and political justice.

Brightness

Souleymane Cissé Mali, 1987

19 days to watch
Cannes Takeover

Souleymane Cissé’s masterpiece—and one of the few films the Malian director has made—is next in our Cannes Takeover. An epic tale of myth and magic—yet also a profound present-day political allegory—realized both ingeniously and poetically, Brightness won the Jury Prize at the festival in 1987.

A Self-Made Hero

Jacques Audiard France, 1996

18 days to watch
Cannes Takeover

Before he took home the Palme d’Or for Dheepan, Jacques Audiard won Best Screenplay at Cannes for this sharp look at the pitfalls of myth-making during wartime. This story of a charlatan-turned-war-hero is microcosmic reflection on France’s own missteps in World War II. Starring Matthieu Kassovitz.

Fish Tank

Andrea Arnold United Kingdom, 2009

17 days to watch
Cannes Takeover

Our Cannes Takeover continues with Andrea Arnold’s breakthrough, landmark social realist drama. A raw and potent look at a young woman’s rocky youth amidst poverty, Fish Tank is one of the best British films of the last decade. The fierce acting career of Michael Fassbender all started here.

Winter Sleep

Nuri Bilge Ceylan Turkey, 2014

16 days to watch
Cannes Takeover

With the Cannes Film Festival rolling out the red carpet this week, Cannes will be taking over MUBI for the next 10 days in a series spotlighting festival favorites new and old. We begin with Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s captivating Palme d’Or winner, a rich, Chekhovian drama flush with exquisite beauty.

Wild Relatives

Jumana Manna Germany, 2018

15 days to watch
Art of the Real

Concluding our collaboration with the Art of the Real showcase of new nonfiction films is a limpid, beautifully curious documentary, the second feature by Jumana Manna. Stretching from Lebanon to Norway, she asks vital questions and makes vivid observations about agriculture in our changing world.

The Image You Missed

Donal Foreman Ireland, 2018

14 days to watch
Art of the Real

The next film in our partnership with Art of the Real is an intimate film of great historical ambition. In Donal Foreman’s essayistic self-portrait, the artist reconnects with his late documentarian father and in the process uncovers unique distinctions in Irish identity and political struggle.

Baronesa

Juliana Antunes Brazil, 2017

13 days to watch
Art of the Real

Continuing our spotlight on the Art of the Real showcase, we proudly present a raw and powerful Brazilian film debut. Juliana Antunes’ relaxed, revealing drama provides an intimate exploration of the pressures placed on women—and their resilience, alone and communally—in a poor neighborhood.

The Trial

Orson Welles Italy, 1962

11 days to watch

Today we celebrate the birthday of that eternal enfant terrible, Orson Welles. With Citizen Kane too often defining the master’s work, we’re reviving his delirious Kafka adaptation starring Anthony Perkins. A magician who can make anything from nothing, it is Welles at his most wildly inventive.

A Wonderful Cloud

Eugene Kotlyarenko United States, 2015

10 days to watch

A gleefully manic (un)romantic comedy, Eugene Kotlyarenko’s inspired—and often hilariously off-putting— capsule of an old relationship comically crumbling in a L.A. populated by the rich, eccentric, and oddball is a wickedly realistic version of glossy Hollywood conventions. Starring Kate Lyn Sheil.

The Dreamed Path

Angela Schanelec Germany, 2016

9 days to watch

We close our Angela Schanelec focus with the online premiere of her latest film, The Dreamed Path. Through Bressonian fragmentation, the Berlin School auteur delivers a puzzling, elliptical anti-love story, and keeps challenging our notion of narrative with her radical, quietly masterful filmmaking.

In the Intense Now

João Moreira Salles Brazil, 2017

8 days to watch
May '68, When
Everything Seemed
Possible

Remarkably lucid documentarian João Moreira Salles has made a film about May ‘68 that echoes the melancholy of Goupil’s, and expands on the notion of revolution by looking not only at France, but also Czechoslovakia and China. An ode to that sublime moment of euphoria that precedes disenchantment.

Half a Life

Romain Goupil France, 1982

7 days to watch
May '68, When
Everything Seemed
Possible

To mark the 50th anniversary of May ‘68, we present the online premiere of two films thirty years apart yet intimately linked. First up, a new restoration of Romain Goupil’s emblematic (yet rarely seen!) Half a Life, a deeply personal chronicle of the Paris events, and a poignant tale of friendship.

Night Tide

Curtis Harrington United States, 1961

6 days to watch
byNWR

“The 35mm negative of Night Tide had become so badly shrunk and deteriorated over time that it was unprintable. After months of treatment in Paris, a new negative was made in the US with the support of the Academy Film Archive. At last, Curtis Harrington’s original vision has been restored.” —NWR

Unseen: The Lives of Looking

Dryden Goodwin United Kingdom, 2015

5 days to watch
The Unusual Subjects

Artist Dryden Goodwin chases an inspiring and thoroughly challenging impetus with but his first foray into cinema: an exploration of four varying ways of seeing the world. The material and the immaterial of our lives, societies, and cultures are parsed through exacting voices and incisive images.

Ran

Akira Kurosawa Japan, 1985

4 days to watch

Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece adapts King Lear into a majestic, blood-soaked epic—with a score by Tôru Takemitsu inspired by Mahler. The great Tatsuya Nakadai is devastating and unforgettable as the warlord who goes mad as his family splits and his empire crumbles.

Like Father, Like Son

Hirokazu Kore-eda Japan, 2013

Our next film by the gentle master Kore-eda continues the theme of the importance of family: two boys switched at birth end up with entirely different upbringings. This clever story allows Kore-eda to stage a clash in class, in wealth, and in philosophy with his signature warmth and compassion.

Still Walking

Hirokazu Kore-eda Japan, 2008

Hirokazu Kore-eda specializes in warm, observant character pieces, and there’s no better place to start than this acclaimed, beautiful 21st century update of Ozu’s family dramas. Still Walking is a highly personal work from this great dramatist of the family experience and the ties that bind us.

Orly

Angela Schanelec France, 2010

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Angela Schanelec:
Showing without Telling

Airports are places of transit and fortuitous synchronicity. In Orly, Angela Schanelec’s camera delicately infiltrates the geometric architecture of the building and, with the right distance from her characters, captures the elusiveness of happenstance to achieve unsuspected emotional resonance.

L.627

Bertrand Tavernier France, 1992

Lulu is a tough streetwise narcotics cop who thrives in this violent world, where sheer guts can overcome his squad’s deficiencies of money and equipment. Despite the ruthless environment that he lives and works in every day, he still manages somehow to maintain his humanity.

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