- French filmmaker and American cinema aficionado Bertrand Tavernier has died at 79. Read Martin Scorsese's moving Instagram tribute to Tavernier, in which he recalls how "he was so passionate that he could exhaust you."
- The 20th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, set to take place in June, will have in-person screenings, making it the first North American fest to do so since the start of Covid-19.
- A24 has released the official trailer for Janicza Bravo's long-awaited Zola, based on the viral #TheStory by A’Ziah “Zola” King.
- MUBI's official UK trailer for Limbo, Ben Sharrock's wry and poignant debut feature about a group of new arrivals awaiting the results of their asylum claims.
- Le Cinéma Club is now showing Those Who Desire (Los que desean), a "contemplative ethnography" by Elena López Riera. The film depicts a local tradition of male pigeons racing to be the first mate of a female pigeon. Read our review of the film by Michael Sicinski here.
- Directed by Morgan Quaintance, whose film South is streaming in MUBI's Brief Encounters series, Letter from Sapporo (2021) is comprised of smartphone footage by 16 participants.
- Netflix's trailer for Chaitanya Tamhane's The Disciple, winner of the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at last year's Venice Film Festival. Read our interview with Tamhane from Venice here!
- Hirokazu Kore-eda's latest is an inspiring short documentary about swimmer Rikako Ikee, released by the Japanese cosmetics company SK-II.
- We're looking forward to reading Erika Balsom's new book, TEN SKIES, a reflection on the James Benning film of the same name.
- Reverse Shot's Great Beyond symposium continues with Christina Newland on Theodoros Angelopoulos’ "oblique classic" The Travelling Players, and the parallel timelines of Angelopoulos's Greece and that of Newland's grandfather.
- The new issue of Harper's Bazaar features an interview with Jane Fonda by Durga Chew-Bose. Fonda discusses her changing relationships to activism, intimacy, television, and motherhood.
- Vulture has dedicated several articles to the ubiquitous but often under-appreciated figure of the character actor. A list of the 32 greatest character actors working today includes icons like Jennifer Coolidge and Stephen McKinley Henderson, while Alison Wilmore's investigation into the "Asian American character actor" and how it often contains an overlap between typecasting and racial caricature.
- "Life is a Jacques Demy musical." A belated appreciation for Carlos Valladares' heartfelt essay on Jacques Demy and his vision of love.
- For Sight & Sound, Adrian Martin reviews Cristi Puiu's Malmkrog, a "determinedly academic" adaptation of philosopher Vladimir Solovyov’s War and Christianity.
RECENTLY ON THE NOTEBOOK
- The newest MUBI Poster of the Month is Chris Burnett's poster for Camilo Restrepo's Los Conductos, which is receiving an exclusive streaming premiere on MUBI in the Debuts series.
- Filmmaker Charlie Shackleton discusses working with his memories of teen movies to create his newly remastered video essay film, Beyond Clueless, with filmmaker Gina Telaroli.
- Yasmina Price investigates the supposed impenetrability of Claire Denis’s enigmatic L'Intrus, and the ways in which it remains "uncontainably expansive, immersive, and unpredictable."
- For our Current Debate column, Leonardo Goi delves into the questions of auteurship and fandom raised by the recent release of Zack Snyder's Justice League.
- Introducing his film Mimaroğlu: The Robinson of Manhattan Island, Serdar Kökçeoğlu shares with us the ten phases of its genesis. The film is currently playing on MUBI in Turkey.
- For our One Shot of Barbara Hammer's Dyketactics, Aster Gilbert chooses a joyous image of Hammer and a vibrator, "a celebration of the erotic in daily life." The film is available on MUBI in many countries in the series Ways of Seeing with Barbara Hammer.
- In an interview with Jordan Cronk, Ramon and Silvan Zürcher discuss their latest collaboration, The Girl and the Spider.
- From photographer Sam Shaw, a 1977 photograph of John Cassavetes filming a performance by Blondie at the Whiskey in Los Angeles for Shaw's documentary about Blondie.
- Meanwhile, in Brazil, cinema reinvented.