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Warum läuft Herr R. Amok?

Rainer Werner Fassbinder Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1970

To celebrate R.W. Fassbinder’s birthday, we present what is perhaps his most biting film, co-directed by Michael Fengler. Framing the daily life of a common family in mocking, deliberately long takes, the film condemns the triviality of West German affluence before ending with frenzied violence.

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Hermia & Helena

Matías Piñeiro Argentinien, 2016


Matías Piñeiro was the subject of a “What Is An Auteur?” double bill in 2019 and the glorious Hermia & Helena intersects Shakespeare with modern life. His first film in the U.S., this charming comedy captures the youthful zeal of New York, playing with form and time to craft an imaginative delight.

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Der blaue Engel

Josef von Sternberg Deutschland, 1930

Weimar Germany

With their seven film partnership, Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich traced a path of lush, scandalous romantic fantasies, of which The Blue Angel was their first. A masterpiece of relationship masochism, The Last Laugh’s Emil Jannings wilts before Dietrich, in her career-making role.

Around the World When You Were My Age

Aya Koretzky Portugal, 2018


In diesem bezaubernden Dokumentarfilm von Aya Koretzky begegnet eine Tochter ihrem Vater, indem sie mit ihm über seine außergewöhnliche Weltreise in den 70er Jahren spricht. Und während der Vater heute in voller Blüte steht, erleben wir, wie ihm die Welt Jahrzehnte zuvor erstmals aufging.

Two Ships

Justine Triet Frankreich, 2012

Before her Cannes Competition debut Sibyl, the young French filmmaker Justine Triet (In Bed With Victoria) transitioned from documentary filmmaking with this acclaimed, prizewinning short fiction film: an all-night urban comedy-drama, full of spirit and starring the great Laetitia Dosch.

Agantuk – Der Besucher

Satyajit Ray Indien, 1991

Eine Reise ins indische

Satyajit Ray’s last film, The Stranger is a philosophical work that ponders about the evolution of civilization and human nature. Based on his own short story Athiti, this film comments on the state of the world where the value of material wealth far exceeds that of humanity, trust, and love.

Bird Talk

Xawery Żuławski Polen, 2019

First Look

Closing our series of highlights from First Look is this urgent and exhilarating political parable, penned by the director’s late father, filmmaker Andrzej Żuławski. An unhinged and reverential tribute to one of cinema’s greatest legends, the film is also a trenchant look at Poland today.


Fritz Lang Deutschland, 1927

Easily one of the most iconic films ever made, Fritz Lang’s classic future shock is still thrilling. A propulsive epic and mind-blowing visual symphony, Lang’s deeply influential vision is both the foundation of sci-fi cinema and a time-honored gateway to the expressive wonders of silent film.

Crystal Swan

Darya Zhuk Weißrussland, 2018


Dieses außerordentlich stylische Debüt der weißrussischen Regisseurin Darya Zhuk schert sich wenig um 90er-Jahre-Nostalgie. Stattdessen lebt dieser Film von Feinfühligkeit, trockenem Humor und ganz viel Herz. Herauszuheben ist auch die exzellente Performance von Alina Nasibullina.

Last Letter

Shunji Iwai China, 2018

Japanese director Shunji Iwai (All About Lily Chou-Chou) heads to China to cast a spell of romance and time in this charming, generation-hopping story of love letters, separation, and loss. Wonderful with actors old and young, Iwai spins a deliriously convoluted story juggling melodrama and comedy.

Take Me Somewhere Nice

Ena Sendijarević Niederlande, 2019


Jede große Reise verändert ihren Protagonisten – genauso wie in diesem preisgekrönten Debüt von Ena Sendijarević. In seinen kraftvoll stilisierten Tönen ist dieser Film auch eine Hommage an Jarmuschs Stranger Than Paradise: Ein Road Movie, der vor Pastellfarben und Balkan-Humor nur so strahlt.

Cassandro, the Exotico!

Marie Losier Frankreich, 2018


Portraiture is central to French-born, New York-based artist Marie Losier’s work. In Cassandro, Losier captures body and soul of the queer luchador with unmitigated warmth and empathy, gorgeously echoing the flamboyance and resilience of her subject with the beguiling physicality of her 16mm images.


Fritz Lang Deutschland, 1928

Talk about an opening sequence! A fan favorite and the most underrated of Fritz Lang’s Weimar “superfilms,” Spies is a caper for the ages. Predating the adventures of Bond and Tintin, Lang invents the modern spy film: crackling with twists, disguises, gadgetry, narrow escapes, and forbidden love.

Searching Eva

Pia Hellenthal Deutschland, 2019

First Look

Next up in our series of highlights from First Look is Pia Hellenthal’s audacious character study. An unforgettable 21st-century portrait, the film focuses on the elusive Eva, constantly constructing and fully exposing themself on camera and the Internet while, simultaneously, resisting definition.

Das Leben ist ein Wunde

Emir Kusturica Serbien, 2004

Probably breaking all of the safety rules that ever existed, Emir Kusturica’s Life Is a Miracle is a zany and surrealist vignette of Yugoslavia on the brink of the Bosnian War. A cacophonous, swirling and drunken celebration, with tinges of tragedy and criticism surrounding the conflict.


Emir Kusturica Jugoslawien, 1995

Opening our double bill of historical fiction from auteur Emir Kusturica is this Palme d’Or winner from 1995. An expansive masterpiece, the film is an exhilarating and absurdist satire, earning its reputation as one of the most controversial yet vital political tales in cinema.

Der Mann mit dem goldenen Arm

Otto Preminger USA, 1955

Besides making masterpiece after masterpiece, in the 1950s Austrian emigre auteur Otto Preminger was known for pushing the envelope of American censorship. Try this one on for size: Frank Sinatra as a drug addict! Impeccably fluid filmmaking, a legendary performance, and an unforgettable score.

Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauens

F.W. Murnau Deutschland, 1922

You don’t need sound to be terrified. Off-brand at the time (thus, Nosferatu and not Dracula), F.W. Murnau’s Expressionist masterpiece is now iconic horror. Its spare medieval atmosphere and Max Schreck’s iconic, otherworldly vampire seems to get increasingly eerie and disturbing as the film ages.

Love in the Buff

Pang Ho-Cheung Hongkong, 2012

Fueled by its easygoing lead actors, director Pang Ho-Cheung strikes the perfect balance between humor and melodrama in this charming love story. Depicting a glossy Beijing rife with young professional singles, the film is also a universal look at modern dating in all of its virtues and faults.


Anna Eborn Schweden, 2019

First Look

Continuing our series of highlights from First Look is this candid look at the unfettered virtues of youth. Shot on handheld 16mm and rendered through the generous participation of its subjects, the film tracks the end of adolescence through its intimate lens and gorgeous soundtrack.

Tanz der toten Seelen

Herk Harvey USA, 1962

An influence on David Lynch, George A. Romero, and Lucrecia Martel (!) this lone feature film from Herk Harvey is a bona fide cult classic of both independent filmmaking and psychological horror. An atmospheric and unsettling, haunting ghost story, innovatively shot—on a shoestring budget.

The Fall

Jonathan Glazer Großbritannien, 2019

Kurze Begegnungen

In seinem neuen Film verdreht Jonathan Glazer eine unheimliche Menschenjagd (siehe Under the Skin) in eine finstere Allegorie für soziale Gewalt. Die regungslosen Gesichter, ein ominöser Brunnen, animalischer Zorn und der unheilvolle Soundtrack von Mica Levi werden dich in ihren Bann ziehen!

Neon Bull

Gabriel Mascaro Brasilien, 2015

Neon Bull captures the world of Brazil’s vaquejada rodeo tradition through a sensual, intimate, and realist style—finding grace in the mundane, unearthing tenderness within the bestial. The human is never far from the animal in this meditative, scintillating slice-of-life portrait of a community.

Die fröhliche Wissenschaft

Jean-Luc Godard Frankreich, 1969

Between 1960 and 1969, Godard made 17(!) features in a great burst of radical creativity. Le gai savoir, his final film of the 60s, is a work of pared-down invention and subversive pop montage, in which two beguiling icons of the New Wave (Jean-Pierre Léaud and Juliet Berto) take center stage.

Von Caligari zu Hitler: Das Deutsche Kino im Zeitalter der Massen

Rüdiger Suchsland Deutschland, 2014

The cornerstone of our series on cinema from Weimar Germany is Rüdiger Suchsland’s sweeping documentary. Visualizing Siegfried Kracauer’s influential book from 1947, the film uses beautiful restorations of films by Lang, Murnau, and others to contextualize the period and showcase its masterpieces.

The North Star

Lewis Milestone USA, 1943

A pro-Soviet Goldwyn production, Lewis Milestone’s Oscar-nominated invasion drama is truly one-of-a-kind: a song-filled war film set in a besieged Ukrainian farming village inhabited by Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, and Walter Huston. With cinematography by James Wong Howe and music by Aaron Copeland!


Jean-Marie Straub Deutschland, 1992


Weiter geht’s in unserer großen Straub-Huillet-Retrospektive mit einer frischen Restauration eines ihrer zugänglichsten Dramen. Hier wird eine Brücke von Sophocles’ Antike bis in die Moderne geschlagen, um die Geschichte der weiblichen Auflehnung gegen das Patriarchat zu erzählen.


Michaël Andrianaly Madagaskar, 2019

First Look

We’re partnering with the Museum of the Moving Image to offer highlights from First Look, starting with an intimate portrait of a barber in Madagascar offering patrons an empathetic ear. The film lends its subject similar warmth, gradually revealing personal challenges and issues facing the nation.

Der letzte Mann

F.W. Murnau Deutschland, 1924

We begin a new series devoted to masterpieces of the short-lived Weimar Republic with a dazzling and groundbreaking drama of modern city life. Emil Jannings delivers one of cinema’s most indelible of performances, and F.W. Murnau (Sunrise, Faust) gives the story its full range of tragedy and beauty.


Kantemir Balagov Russland, 2019

MUBI Spotlight

After the shockingly powerful Closeness, we couldn’t wait for Russian wunderkind Kantemir Balagov’s second film. Beanpole grabbed us by the throat: an entrancing immersion into post-war turmoil and a towering ode to female resilience—with tour-de-force performances and a jaw-dropping use of color.