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The Widowed Witch

Cai Chengjie China, 2018

29 days to watch
Surviving Exile

A resourcefully-made debut that won the Tiger Award at Rotterdam, this first feature written and directed by Cai Chengjie is a true marvel. Set in the stark winter of rural China, The Widowed Witch is as intriguing, unpredictable, and idiosyncratic as its protagonist: a newly self-reliant shaman.

Sami Blood

Amanda Kernell Sweden, 2016

28 days to watch
Surviving Exile

Sami Blood begins our double bill “Surviving Exile,” a program composed of two women of varying circumstances, both facing exclusion. Sami Blood, a coming-of-age drama, concerns a young Sami woman and her complicated journey of identity amidst fierce racism and colonialist assimilation.

The Cotton Club Encore

Francis Ford Coppola United States, 1984

We kick off our series on the visionary “movie brat” Francis Ford Coppola with this new, revitalized cut of a previously maligned film. Journey to one of the cultural zeitgeists of the 20th century, Harlem’s Cotton Club circa 1930, in this masterful portrait of the many struggles of artistry.

Berthe Morisot

Caroline Champetier France, 2012

26 days to watch

A sensitive portrait of the career of overlooked Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot, contemporary and sister-in-law to Edouard Manet. From cinematographer-turned-director Caroline Champetier, who has shot films by Godard, Rivette, and Carax!

GUO4

Peter Strickland Hungary, 2019

25 days to watch
Brief Encounters

MUBI presents the online premiere of Peter Strickland’s new short film, fresh from this year’s Venice Film Festival! The British maverick director, in collaboration with London-based musicians GUO, brilliantly––and literally––deconstructs masculinity in this playful stop-motion, gay erotica reverie.

The Here After

Magnus von Horn Sweden, 2015

24 days to watch

The most rugged of psychological terrains is charted in this complicated study of a young, violent mind. Lensed by Ida cinematographer Lukasz Zal, The Here After captures the ripples violence sends through a community both mourning and seeking justice. A difficult, necessary meditation on murder.

Machine Gun McCain

Giuliano Montaldo Italy, 1969

23 days to watch

Today we celebrate the birthday of the great independent filmmaker John Cassavetes, who also worked as an actor to pay for his own productions. Here, he’s the star, not the director, in a one-of-a-kind Italian gangster film with Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk that bursts with the troupe’s rare energy.

Volcano

Roman Bondarchuk Ukraine, 2018

22 days to watch
Debuts

Ukrainian director Roman Bondarchuk has leapt to his fictional debut with an arresting eye and unpredictable story. A mordant, semi-surreal comedy as much skewering international intervention into his war-torn country as it does idiosyncratic citizens, it boldly mixes the political with the comical.

The Grief of Others

Patrick Wang United States, 2015

21 days to watch
What Is an Auteur?

Next in our double feature devoted to American independent cinema’s best kept secret is the writer-director’s adaptation of the Leah Hager Cohen’s novel: a drama that unfurls the many cycles and domino effects of grief with immense empathy and acuity. A uniquely renewing emotional experience.

In the Family

Patrick Wang United States, 2011

20 days to watch
What Is an Auteur?

With his latest film A Bread Factory recently on MUBI, we proudly present a double feature of Patrick Wang’s previous films beginning with his impressive and intimate directorial debut, In the Family, in which the writer-director also stars. A humane, deeply felt family drama of growth and survival.

Never Ever

Benoît Jacquot France, 2016

19 days to watch
Adaptations

Adapted from Don DeLillo’s novel “The Body Artist” by star Julia Roy, Benoît Jacquot’s film is a ghostly story of lost love and longing, set in a magnificently designed Portuguese seaside mansion. Calling back to The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, it boldly mixes the romantic with the supernatural.

Time to Die

Arturo Ripstein Mexico, 1966

18 days to watch

After cutting his teeth on Luis Buñuel’s sets, the now infamous Mexican auteur Arturo Ripstein made his debut with this elegiac charro western. Using the genre to stage eloquent questioning of mortality, justice, and retribution, Time to Die entirely lives up to the magnificence of its title.

Angry Inuk

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril Canada, 2016

17 days to watch
The Unusual Subjects

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril takes her crew back to her home village of Kimmirut, Nunavut to rally a rebuttal to the misguided and oppressive worldwide anti-sealing movement in this refreshing piece of activism-as-cinema. Angry Inuk offers an imperative perspective of the Canadian First Nations experience.

House of Seven Belles

Andy Milligan United States, 1979

16 days to watch
byNWR

“Restored from the sole existing element, a hand-edited 35mm workprint with magnetic soundtrack, it was decided from the start not to attempt any reconfiguring of the materials, as Andy Milligan left no notes, script or guides, and to maintain the qualities of the original handmade ‘object.’” —NWR

Senso

Luchino Visconti Italy, 1954

15 days to watch

One of the great melodramas of cinema, with Senso Luchino Visconti fully leaves behind his neorealist origins for the opulence and splendor of rich people and their tumultuous emotional and romantic lives. A true feast for the senses, with unforgettable turns by Farley Granger and Alida Valli.

The Crimson Rivers

Mathieu Kassovitz France, 2000

14 days to watch

Nominated for 5 César Awards, this engrossing crime thriller chronicles a series of murders that have taken place around a college nestled in the Alps. A gruesome yet gorgeous collaboration between director Mathieu Kassovitz (La haine) and cinematographer Thierry Arbogast (La femme Nikita).

Zatôichi

Shintarô Katsu Japan, 1989

13 days to watch

After the long (26 film!) road of the Zatoichi series (later remade by Takeshi Kitano), it finally ended with this concluding entry directed by the blind swordsman himself: Shintarô Katsu, who was born today. The shadows of regret, retribution, and redemption are cast over this tale of endings.

The Prodigal Daughter

Jacques Doillon France, 1981

12 days to watch

Michel Piccoli and Jane Birkin in the same movie should be reason enough to see it. But The Prodigal Daughter is directed by Jacques Doillon, an under-known auteur but one whose acute psychological insight, unusual handling of actors, and frequently provocative stories deserve greater attention.

Bitter Rice

Giuseppe de Santis Italy, 1949

11 days to watch

De Santis’s classic, like Visconti’s Obsession, proves that cinema can combine neorealism with popular genres. Mixing views of agrarian challenges with florid melodrama, we get a portrait of Italy along with criminal thrills. So popular in America upon release it was parodied by I Love Lucy!

Bixa Travesty

Claudia Priscilla, Kiko Goifman Brazil, 2018

10 days to watch
Viewfinder

In times of turmoil and distress, the voice of an artist can instill hope and inspire change. The full-body performances of Linn da Quebrada do just that, raging for Brazilians who can no longer put up with intolerance and repression. A strong polemic inside a tender portrait of a vital artist.

Have Mercy on Us All

Régis Wargnier France, 2007

9 days to watch

An eminently modern mystery film—adapted from a policier by the crime fiction novelist Fred Vargas—this is a frightful trip through the nodes and networks of present-day Paris with plenty of biblical subtext to boot. Have Mercy on Us All reckons with how an apocalyptic epidemic crisis might begin.

Big Deal on Madonna Street

Mario Monicelli Italy, 1958

8 days to watch

Mario Monicelli’s heist film comedy is peak Italian cinema of the 1950s. An affable and cartoonish group portrait of low-class schemers (among them Marcello Mastroianni) bumbling along in their attempts to get rich, it provides remarkable observations on the post-war society inspiring such dreams.

The Other Side

Roberto Minervini Italy, 2015

7 days to watch
The Unusual Subjects

Italian auteur Roberto Minervini has forged his own immersive style of hybrid docudrama. Here, he ventures to Louisiana to provide a bifurcated view of Southern white poverty. Through an intimate bond with his subjects The Other Side patiently deciphers the recent turns in American politics.

La femme Nikita

Luc Besson France, 1990

6 days to watch

Armed with the glossy, dazzling visual style of the Cinéma du look, Nikita broke through international barriers with its revision of the action-thriller as a femme fatale-led neo-noir. Anne Parillaud took home the César Award for Best Actress for her complex realization of a woman enveloped by doom.

The Princess of France

Matías Piñeiro Argentina, 2014

5 days to watch
What Is an Auteur?

Our second film by Matías Piñeiro is another ingenious and spry blend of pure cinema and the pleasures of Shakespeare. A whirlwind of young women swirl around and intersect with the life of a radio director in Buenos Aires in a multiplicity of relationships, love, and play. A gentle delight.

Viola

Matías Piñeiro Argentina, 2012

4 days to watch
What Is an Auteur?

Over the course of his delightful filmography, Argentinian auteur Matías Piñeiro has been re-imagining Shakespeare’s masterpieces on his delightfully intimate, lively canvas. With Viola, he spins Twelfth Night into a rich yarn of life-imitating-art… or might it be the other away around?

The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine

Takahisa Zeze Japan, 2018

3 days to watch
Luminaries

Japan’s Takahisa Zeze began his career as a soft-core pinku ega director before moving into the mainstream. But he has lost neither the verve nor the edge of his early films, and only gained in ambition, as can be seen in this combo anarcho-terrorist meets female sumo wrestler historical drama!

It All Started at the End

Luis Ospina Colombia, 2015

Our focus on Luis Ospina comes to an end the way he would have wanted: with the beginning. As much a personal memoir as an account of the history of Colombian cinema, this magnum opus confronts the inevitability of death by celebrating life: a life well lived, and unconditionally devoted to film.

OSS 117: Lost in Rio

Michel Hazanavicius France, 2009

Expiring at midnight PST

Michel Hazanavicius and Jean Dujardin followed their first caper with this wacky, whimsical sequel, a rare big-budget blockbuster comedy. The brilliant pastiche continues to unravel (and indulge!) the welcome conventions of the spy genre alongside the sexual and political mores of the 1960s.

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

Michel Hazanavicius France, 2006

It’s 1955 and after a fellow agent and close friend disappears, secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117, is ordered to take his place at the head of a poultry firm in Cairo, his cover while he is busy foiling Nazis, quelling rebellion, and bedding beauties.

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