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The Structure of Crystal

Krzysztof Zanussi Poland, 1969

We are proud to present a new retrospective devoted to the award-winning Krzysztof Zanussi, one of the great Polish filmmakers. We begin with his feature debut, a psychologically rich, remarkably mature chamber drama about career vocation (Zanussi studied physics), friendship, and life philosophy.

Superdyke Meets Madame X

Barbara Hammer United States, 1975

The second part of our tribute finds Barbara Hammer both in front and behind the camera. Melding candid confessions with a tactile exploration of the female body, this impressionistic portrait of a relationship between two women achieves striking physicality and is as intimate as it is performative.

Dyketactics

Barbara Hammer United States, 1974

The London Short Film Festival turns 15 and to celebrate, we’re showing a double bill of fine avant-garde straight from this year’s program. Considered a pioneer of lesbian filmmaking, Barbara Hammer’s work on gender and sexual identity is essential, and Dyketactics is a landmark of queer cinema.

Portrait of a Garden

Rosie Stapel Netherlands, 2015

26 days to watch
The Unusual Subjects

A truly undiscovered subject is chased in this enveloping documentary which at first glance concerns the life of a single garden, then expands outwards in subject matter towards generational gaps, friendship, and time itself. A lovely and generous look into a world ripe for discovery.

Sleeping Beauty

Julia Leigh Australia, 2011

25 days to watch

Aussie Julia Leigh made a big splash at Cannes when this, her feature debut, landed in the much-desired competition—but it’s not hard to see why it was selected. With a combination of provocation, handsome style and impressively rigorous form, it’s the very definition of eye-catching art cinema.

The Chaser

Na Hong-jin South Korea, 2008

24 days to watch

Saturday night Korean noir! This stylish serial killer mystery was a big hit in its native land (and got scooped up for a screening at Cannes!), marking an auspicious debut for its director, Na Hong-jin. Frenetic, extreme, and high-velocity in the baroque traditions of 21st century Asian cinema.

Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog

Julian Radlmaier Germany, 2017

Exclusive
23 days to watch

Communism, filmmaking, and the male gaze—Julian Radlmaier’s fantastical debut entirely lives up to (and delivers on) its astounding title. With welcome flourishes of humor, unreality and an incisive critique of political filmmaking, it resembles what a young Buñuel would have made of today’s Europe.

A Proletarian Winter's Tale

Julian Radlmaier Germany, 2014

Our admiration for the inventive political cinema of Julian Radlmaier continues with his next short. Taking aim at class relations in an uncanny scenario which includes black holes, revolution, and a fairy tale sensibility, A Proletarian Winter’s Tale confirms a distinct new cinematic voice.

A Spectre Is Haunting Europe

Julian Radlmaier Germany, 2012

The memory of 20th century communism is resurrected with joyous rebellion in this inspired mid-length film from the promising up-and-comer Julian Radlmaier. Brilliant tonal modulation guides this inspired mix of politics, absurdist humor, and history in contemporary Berlin.

Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride

Amy Nicholson United States, 2012

20 days to watch
The Unusual Subjects

Next in our documentary series The Unusual Subjects, a Coney Island roller coaster! The Zipper takes on a symbolic role in this ground-level portrait of a changing neighborhood, as the iconic and once-glorious Brooklyn amusement park tries to finds its place in a gentrifying and changing New York.

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Nicolas Roeg United Kingdom, 1976

19 days to watch

David Bowie somehow found time amidst his iconoclastic recording career to commit his first and most soulful performance in Roeg’s singular film. A perfect meeting of minds: Roeg, the great experimenter of narrative forms, and Bowie, the undefinable mystery, together conjure a masterwork of sci-fi.

Finding Vivian Maier

John Maloof, Charlie Siskel United States, 2013

18 days to watch

In 2009 Vivian Maier’s previously undiscovered photography took the art world by storm; soon thereafter, this documentary and its careful arrangement of this beguiling narrative similarly captured the minds of many. An entertaining yet exhaustive portrait of one of America’s most reclusive artists.

The Idol

Hany Abu-Assad Palestinian Territory, 2015

17 days to watch

Award-winning director Hany Abu-Assad’s leap to Hollywood last year with The Mountain Between Us was forecast by the success of The Idol, a charming and thoroughly engrossing biopic of the Palestinian singer who won “Arab Idol.” We hope more diverse voices can be given new opportunities.

Lake Los Angeles

Mike Ott United States, 2014

16 days to watch
The Antelope Valley
Trilogy

The conclusion to the Antelope Valley trilogy is quietly but powerfully attuned to other sides of the Californian dream: That of the Spanish-speaking population, legal and illegal, deeply enmeshed in the state’s social and economic life. Another of Ott’s touching paeans to the human need to connect.

Pearblossom Hwy

Mike Ott United States, 2012

15 days to watch
The Antelope Valley
Trilogy

Mike Ott’s trilogy of Californian alienation continues with this semi-sequel, Pearlblossom Hwy. Further experimenting with the boundaries of fiction and non-fiction and breaking from classical film form, Pearlblossom Hwy is an enveloping cinematic jam session between a director and his performers.

Littlerock

Mike Ott United States, 2010

14 days to watch
The Antelope Valley
Trilogy

This week we present a trilogy of films by American—and specifically, Californian—independent filmmaker Mike Ott. With a strong sense of place and a sly way of blending non-fiction and drama, Ott crafted something small but very precise in Littlerock: a relationship between two kinds of outsiders.

15 Corners of the World

Zuzanna Solakiewicz Poland, 2014

13 days to watch
The Unusual Subjects

With archive and contemporary footage, this documentary profile of Eugeniusz Rudnik, a composer at the very beginnings of electronic music, is a unique synaesthetic attempt to allow its viewer to see its subject’s revolutionary sounds. Winner of the Critics’ Week Prize at the Locarno Festival.

Wrong Cops

Quentin Dupieux France, 2013

12 days to watch

Quentin Dupieux is perhaps better known as the infamous French DJ, Mr. Oizo, but he also directs magnificent absurdist films like this one. Guided by a audacious cast ranging from Marilyn Manson to Eric Wareheim, Wrong Cops is a comedy of meaninglessness about crime and our contemporary reality.

One A.M.

Charlie Chaplin United States, 1916

11 days to watch

What better way to close off this year of cinema than with the king of silent comedy himself! One A.M. strips comedy down to its essentials to find Chaplin giving a one man show. Swapping the Tramp for a drunken aristocrat, Chaplin’s balletic grace and inventive use of sets produce slapstick gold.

The Trip to Italy

Michael Winterbottom United Kingdom, 2014

10 days to watch

After the success of The Trip—a hit television series edited into a great comedy—British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon returned with a dedicated film that combines their great love of comic one-upmanship, countryside tourism, plush meals and riotously good (and bad) impersonations.

The Trip

Michael Winterbottom United Kingdom, 2010

9 days to watch

Who would have thought that one absurd road-trip comedy would become a full-blown trilogy? On the heels of dynamic duo Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon latest installment (The Trip to Spain), we’re showing their first two off-kilter journeys—a double feature of hilarious improvisation and food porn.

Come Worry with Us!

Helene Klodawsky Canada, 2013

8 days to watch

The all too short lived phenomenon of post-rock produced some of the most distinct music of this century. Come Worry with Us! grants a rare look into the world of one of the foremost acts of the genre, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, and their many struggles: artistic, familial, financial.

Rebels of the Neon God

Tsai Ming-liang Taiwan, 1992

7 days to watch

From Gregg Araki to Wong Kar-wai, the 90s were alive with rich cinematic visions of youth and urban alienation. Tsai Ming-liang’s debut might be the best of both worlds: a cast of melancholy souls tirelessly search for themselves in Taipei’s streets and find what or may not be a false idol…

The Forgotten Space

Allan Sekula, Noël Burch United States, 2010

6 days to watch
The Unusual Subjects

The Forgotten Space is an immersive journey into capitalism and the varying forms of its oceanic transport and displacement. Read our review of the film and its many complexities at the Notebook.

The Gang's All Here

Busby Berkeley United States, 1943

5 days to watch

The ultimate holiday: The giddy Technicolor song-and-dance extravaganza by legendary choreographer-turned-director Busby Berkeley. As pure a pleasure as can be found in the cinema, and boasting a delightfully unpredictable visual surrealism—including Carmen Miranda’s unforgettable banana number!

Contempt

Jean-Luc Godard France, 1963

An iconic, pop-colored exposé of the film industry as only Godard can do. 1960s stars Michel Piccoli and Brigitte Bardot fight and make love during a Fritz Lang (playing himself!) production of the Odyssey at Italy’s famed Cinecittà studios, scored to the most beautiful film music of all time.

Brighton Rock

John Boulting United Kingdom, 1947

3 days to watch

This thriller written by Graham Greene (adapting his own novel) is perhaps the most iconic British noir, with a dark, desperate post-war atmosphere enriched by location shooting at seaside Brighton. Richard Attenborough, who later directed Gandhi, is enthralling anti-hero, a teenage psychopath.

Ava

Léa Mysius France, 2017

Exclusive
2 days to watch

One of the best debuts of the year lands on MUBI! Premiering in Cannes in May, Mysius’ beguiling exploration of female sexuality and teenage fears is a life-affirming, infectious blend of ravishing colors, whimsical humor and the dreamy melancholy of a transformative summer. Bonus: that soundtrack!

A Tale of Winter

Éric Rohmer France, 1992

Expiring at midnight PST

On the winter solstice, we conjure Eric Rohmer’s beautiful ode, part of his tales of the seasons, to searching for happiness while each moment of the present is haunted by a lost love from the past. Life’s choices proliferate—and Felicie’s quest for the right direction is completely entrancing.

Spotlight on a Murderer

Georges Franju France, 1961

When he learns his days are numbered old count Hervé de Kéraudren decides to hide in a secret alcove and to die there, just to annoy his heirs. As a result of his body not being found the latter will have to wait for five years until they can inherit the count’s money.

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