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Cannes Takeover

MUBI Special

With the Cannes Film Festival premiering what will be some of the year’s best films this month, take a stroll with us down the Boulevard de la Croisette and enjoy some of our favorite past festival highlights. Bonne projection!

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Cristian Mungiu Romania, 2007

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Alongside Cristi Puiu’s The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, this harrowing Palme d’Or winner from Cristian Mungiu may be the defining film of the Romanian New Wave. Nail-biting and suspenseful, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is a stirring socio-realist thriller, led by the exceptional Anamaria Marinca.

Amores perros

Alejandro González Iñárritu Mexico, 2000

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Academy Award winner Alejandro González Iñárritu’s humanist vision was already fully accomplished with his groundbreaking first feature, which also made Gael García Bernal a star. Amores Perros, with its kinetic, mosaic sense of storytelling, is a landmark film from contemporary Mexican cinema.

Declaration of War

Valérie Donzelli France, 2011

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Valerie Donzelli arrived on the French independent cinema scene as a sort of UFO with her low-budget eccentric and bubbly films. While her second feature (which stars as always her partner in crime Jeremie Elkaïm) tackles illness with emotional honesty, it still bursts with heart-warming vivacity.

Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

Takashi Miike Japan, 2011

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Following the explosive 13 Assassins, the iconoclastic Takashi Miike revisited the samurai genre with this underrated remake of the 1962 classic Harakiri. Scored by the legendary Ryuichi Sakamoto, Death of a Samurai is a elegant reckoning with notions of sacrifice and duty in the 17th century.

Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian

Arnaud Desplechin France, 2013

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Director Arnaud Desplechin has a new film in Cannes this year, inspiring us to revive one of his strangest yet most compelling melodramas. A poignant character portrait of a unique cross-cultural friendship, the film is also a tremendous showcase for actors Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric.

The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu

Cristi Puiu Romania, 2005

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Two years before his compatriot Cristian Mungiu won the Palme d’Or, Cristi Puiu won a prize at Cannes for this ingenious 21st-century classic, a key film from the Romanian New Wave. A pitch-black and Kafkaesque contemporary comedy, it reveals the myriad nuances involved in the quest for human care.

The Homesman

Tommy Lee Jones United States, 2014

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Not since 1992’s Unforgiven has a western at once revived and furthered the waning genre. Tommy Lee Jones’ sublime The Homesman and its revelatory consideration of the white woman’s experience on the frontier, does just that. Starring Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, James Spader, and Jones himself.

The Kid with a Bike

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Belgium, 2011

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Breaking from tradition, two-time Palme d’Or winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne—who are back in Cannes this year with a new film—cast a star, Belgian actress Cécile de France, for this bright and buoyantly optimistic socially-conscious fairytale. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Prix.

Paranoid Park

Gus Van Sant United States, 2007

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Following Elephant and Last Days, Gus Van Sant returned to Cannes with this dreamlike tale of guilt and loneliness in suburbia. Shot by Christopher Doyle, the legendary DP best known for his work with Wong Kar-wai, Paranoid Park is a rare, haunting immersion into youth and its deluge of emotions.

Nobody Knows

Hirokazu Kore-eda Japan, 2004

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With Hirokazu Kore-eda taking home the top prize at Cannes last year, we thought it fitting to revive another of his prize-winning gems. A heartbreaking family drama, like Shoplifters it has the guts to expose a side of Japanese society little seen, yet crucially dramatizes it with great compassion.

Caramel

Nadine Labaki Lebanon, 2007

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Last year Lebanese director Nadine Labaki made quite a splash with her Cannes Jury Prize winner Capernaüm. Thus we rewind back to her debut film Caramel, a delightful mosaic of women’s lives. A triple threat: Labaki wrote, directed and starred in this charming ode to female friendship.

Antichrist

Lars von Trier Denmark, 2009

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With the Cannes Film Festival rolling out the red carpet this week, we offer an annual takeover series spotlighting recent Cannes favorites. First up is one of the most extreme cinematic provocations: Lars von Trier’s Antichrist. An endurance test for which Charlotte Gainsbourg won Best Actress.

Blue Is the Warmest Color

Abdellatif Kechiche France, 2013

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

The Bridges of Sarajevo

Jean-Luc Godard, Cristi Puiu, Sergei Loznitsa & 8 others Bulgaria, 2014

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Exclusive to our Cannes Takeover is this ambitious, talent-stacked omnibus exploration of Sarajevo. With diverse contributors including Godard, MUBI retrospective subject Angela Schanelec, and Romanian New Wave luminary Cristi Puiu, its diversity stands testament to the fierce history of the city.

Brightness

Souleymane Cissé Mali, 1987

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

A Self-Made Hero

Jacques Audiard France, 1996

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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

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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

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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.

Farewell My Concubine

Chen Kaige China, 1993

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Winner of the 1993 Palme d’Or—to date, the only Chinese film to be given that honor—Farewell My Concubine is an expansive vision, combining classical theater, a widescreen movie epic, and a modern look at taboo sexuality into a sumptuous triumph. Cannes closes; same time next year!

The Son's Room

Nanni Moretti Italy, 2001

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As the Cannes Film Festival closes, we present a double bill of Palme d’Or winners leading up to Sunday’s awards ceremony. A Cannes mainstay, director Nanni Moretti took the top prize in 2001 for this gentle, tender story of tragedy and renewal—the 21st century arthouse at its warmest.

Bright Future

Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japan, 2002

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Starting in sex and thrills straight-to-video, Kiyoshi Kurosawa worked his way out of that cine-ghetto to forge a style equal parts chilly art-house and pulp genre. Pulse may be his best known film, but this eerily lovely drama secured his first (and so far, only) slot in the Cannes competition.

Sonatine

Takeshi Kitano Japan, 1993

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There seems little that TV entertainer, painter, actor, and seven times Cannes-selected filmmaker Takeshi Kitano can’t do. But he’s always been best known for what he does here, in his terrific breakout: deadpan yakuza films, honed to a quick blade’s edge, at once dark and tender, sad and funny.

Manuscripts Don't Burn

Mohammad Rasoulof Iran, 2013

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One of the most vibrant cinema scenes of our era is in Iran, right under the nose of censors. Despite a government ban on his work—and with the crew uncredited, for safety—filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof crafted this clandestine, fiery political thriller. Winner of the Critics Prize at Cannes.

Santa sangre

Alejandro Jodorowsky Mexico, 1989

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Master of cult cinema Alejandro Jodorowsky, famed for such lysergic vision quests as El Topo and The Holy Mountain, came to Cannes 1989 with something new: a psychedelic time-shifting horror story! Bloody, brilliant proof the Croisette has housed some truly dangerous visions.

Eat Your Bones

Jean-Charles Hue France, 2014

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Next in our Cannes series is an ace combo, part genre film (car races, crime!) and part French art movie (immersion in a rural community!) that premiered at Directors’ Fortnight and is showing exclusively on MUBI. “Daybreak and dusk…raw textures and whirlwind urges,” we wax in the Notebook.

Moonlighting

Jerzy Skolimowski United Kingdom, 1982

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We turn to the 1980s and the Cold War in our next Cannes selection, the winner of Best Screenplay in ’82. Polanski contemporary and Polish émigré Jerzy Skolimowski skewers not only his Communist fatherland, but his adopted Western home with razor-sharp observation and ingenuity.

Clean

Olivier Assayas France, 2004

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Director Olivier Assayas and superstar Maggie Cheung had a love affair in cinema, starting with the classic Irma Vep and leading to a real-life marriage that fell apart. They reunited at Cannes for this lovely tale of rebirth, which won Best Actress for Cheung and a prize for its nimble camerawork.

Dead Man

Jim Jarmusch United States, 1995

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King-of-cool Jim Jarmusch showed up to Cannes ’95 with possibly his best film: a self-described “Psychedelic Western”, rebuilding the genre as a ragged, comic, uniquely American trip with help from a hip cast (Johnny Depp! Iggy Pop! Robert Mitchum!) and scored to a mystic jam by Neil Young.

Il divo

Paolo Sorrentino Italy, 2008

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Well before The Great Beauty launched him to new levels of arthouse superstardom, Paolo Sorrentino scooped the Jury Prize at Cannes with this wild true story of political corruption in Italy, starring Beauty star Toni Servillo. Part biopic, part thriller, and glossed to a gorgeous, decadent sheen!

Millennium Mambo

Hou Hsiao-hsien Taiwan, 2001

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Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-hsien, last seen at Cannes winning Best Director for The Assassin, brought to the 2001 fest this hypnotic cocktail of sex and longing, binding past and future together and awash in gorgeous neon colors. A sensuous, beloved work from a true modern master.

The Lovers on the Bridge

Léos Carax France, 1991

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The Cannes Film Festival unrolls its Riviera red carpet tomorrow, and we’re staging a Cannes Takeover for the next two weeks, as we play some of the best films that have shown at cinema’s most prestigious premiere event. Our opening film is Léos Carax’s grand, dazzlingly romantic ode to love.

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