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Werner Herzog United States, 2019

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MUBI is ecstatic to take you on a surreal new adventure with indefatigable globetrotting auteur, Werner Herzog. Filmed guerrilla-style in Japan, Herzog’s unique dramatization of the real phenomenon of renting family members and social stand-ins explores the uncanny essence of human relationships.

Ghost Town Anthology

Denis Côté Canada, 2019

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Never one to make the same movie twice, director Denis Côté surprised us with this spectral ensemble drama of rural small town Quebec, shot on 16mm. By turns eerie and somber—and not without dashes of droll humor—Côté conjures an isolated community’s uncertainty as the past comes back to haunt them.

The Staggering Girl

Luca Guadagnino Italy, 2019

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We are thrilled to premiere Luca Guadagnino’s latest film: A collaboration between the Italian auteur and Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative director of Valentino. With a star-laden cast and score by Ryuichi Sakamoto, The Staggering Girl unfolds with the mysteriousness of a dream, sumptuous and elusive.

Ether

Krzysztof Zanussi Poland, 2018

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Following our extensive 2018 retrospective of Polish auteur Krzysztof Zanussi, we are premiering the master’s latest: a dark and engrossing WWI tale of battlefield experimentation and intellectual hubris. Mad scientists and the Faust myth are brilliantly evoked in this chilling and prescient vision.

The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine

Takahisa Zeze Japan, 2018

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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!

A Man of Integrity

Mohammad Rasoulof Iran, 2017

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Persecuted Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof—who is currently facing and appealing a 1 year prison sentence—ceaselessly continues to make films that challenge the powers that be. An allegory of authoritarianism and state corruption, this stirring thriller pulses with imperative social critique.

Spoor

Agnieszka Holland Poland, 2017

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We’re proud to present one of the most recent films by multifaceted veteran Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, whose work ranges from first-rate European arthouse cinema to episodes of The Wire. With echoes of Fargo, Spoor is an unflinching ecological thriller, suffused with anarchy and feminism.

Season of the Devil

Lav Diaz Philippines, 2018

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We return to Philippine master Lav Diaz to premiere this defiant a cappella musical (!), which tells the story of a startling (and real) conspiracy of the Marcos dictatorship’s police state to scare and control the people in the countryside. Staggering, hypnotic, and urgent political filmmaking.

A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery

Lav Diaz Philippines, 2016

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After hosting the first-ever global retrospective of Lav Diaz, we’re thrilled to continue giving rare access to this essential Filipino storyteller with the online premiere of his prize-winning historical saga. Immerse yourself in his epic journey through the chaos of the Philippine Revolution.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Nobuhiro Suwa France, 2017

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Intertwining lost love, the melancholy of aging, and the magic of movies, this film is a tribute to actor Jean-Pierre Léaud, who since The 400 Blows has embodied France’s modern cinema. Nobuhiro Suwa’s expert, easy-going direction results in a serene film of warm gentleness and sublime simplicity.

Love Education

Sylvia Chang China, 2017

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We are proud to launch our Luminaries series, which spotlights cinema’s master filmmakers, with the latest opus by Taiwanese pioneer and multi-hyphenate Sylvia Chang. A writer, director, and star, her latest is a rich and nuanced melodrama about the power of love and conflict between generations.

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