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THE REPORTS ON SARAH AND SALEEM

Muayad Alayan Palestinian Territory, 2018

The second feature from Palestinian director Muayad Alayan is a taut yet naturalistic Jerusalem-set drama about the spiraling consequences of a high-stakes affair. As the personal inevitably turns political, Alayan boldly unveils how the imbalance of power seeps through to an avoidable conclusion.

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CORRESPONDENCES

Rita Azevedo Gomes Portugal, 2016

Affection and longing imbue the correspondence at the heart of Rita Azevedo Gomes’ poetic essay, conveyed through living tableaux in which the director’s friends read the letters, reflect, perform. Images, words, languages and sounds are woven together into an intimate, contemplative constellation.

A WOMAN'S REVENGE

Rita Azevedo Gomes Portugal, 2012

From auteur Rita Azevedo Gomes comes this ghostly, elegantly-shot adaptation of the 19th century classic Les diaboliques. Featuring a thrilling performance by Rita Durão, A Woman’s Revenge echoes both Manoel de Oliveira’s late-period movies and the bold filmmaking of Eugène Green.

MUGHAL-E-AZAM

K. Asif India, 1960

Based on the play Anarkali written by Imtiaz Ali ‘Taj’, Mughal E Azam is a landmark in Indian cinema. With its poetic dialogue and popular story elements—passionate lovers cannot be together because of social taboos and orthodox parents—the film gathers its larger than life and universal appeal.

THE PORTUGUESE WOMAN

Rita Azevedo Gomes Portugal, 2018

Portuguese luminary Rita Azevedo Gomes’ sublime cinema of artifice comes to life through theatrical splendor and striking, painterly compositions in this 16th century tale of a woman’s torpor. Based on a Robert Musil novella, the film stars Fassbinder actress Ingrid Caven as a distant commentator.

THE GRAND BIZARRE

Jodie Mack United States, 2018

From MUBI regular Jodie Mack comes a tour de force, sui generis globetrotting textile documentary in the form of a 16mm abstract animated (and musical!) feature. An entrancing experience that is as much about the creation and circulation of fabric as it’s about the pure pleasure of color and design.

WILD STYLE

Charlie Ahearn United States, 1983

Directed by Charlie Ahearn, this is the first true hip-hop film, capturing the early energy of the sound that would take over the world. Set in the early 80s Bronx, the film’s fictional plot yields to the real artistry occurring in its setting, simmering with a cultural revolution about to emerge.

MUGHAL-E-AZAM (COLOR VERSION)

K. Asif India, 2004

A milestone in Indian cinema, this Shakespearean drama based on a play by Urdu playwright Imtiaz Ali Taj is alive with vibrant themes and startling color. Its dialogue is nothing short of poetic and its settings and characters are vividly imagined. An absolute gem of a film!