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Love Education

Sylvia Chang China, 2017

29 days to watch
Luminaries

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.

The Flowers of War

Zhang Yimou China, 2011

28 days to watch

In between summer blockbusters, Christian Bale starred in this remarkable historical film from one of Chinese cinema’s finest artists: Zhang Yimou (Hero). The Flowers of War is a tragic revisitation to the Nanking Massacre, told through Zhang’s singularly expressive play with color and emotion.

Cosmos

Andrzej Żuławski France, 2015

27 days to watch
Adaptations

Next in our series devoted to ingenious adaptations is the final film by the ferocious Polish auteur Andrzej Żuławski. He transforms an almost unfilmable book by his fellow countryman Witold Gombrowicz into a clamoring melodrama of tremendous verve and surprise. Read our interview with Żuławski.

Human

Yann Arthus-Bertrand France, 2015

26 days to watch

Collapsing all national borders to unify the world through sweeping collage, this globetrotting documentary immerses us inside the essential questions of humanity that bind us together. From Senegal, to Thailand, to Palestine—Human is a universal exploration of our shared and disparate struggles.

Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub West Germany, 1967

25 days to watch
A Straub-Huillet
Retrospective

MUBI is proud to launch the first online retrospective of directors Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet. Their beautiful, fiercely engaged, and staunchly confrontative films are landmarks of modernist cinema. We begin with their boldly unconventional Bach biopic that gloriously exalts his music.

Bastards

Claire Denis France, 2013

24 days to watch
What Is an Auteur?

After the wide canvas of her Africa-set White Material, the great Claire Denis turned her sensuous storytelling to the black heart of contemporary film noir. Her fascinating, sinister thriller stars Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni, and two Denis regulars: Alex Descas and Grégoire Colin.

White Material

Claire Denis France, 2009

23 days to watch
What Is an Auteur?

With her Robert Pattinson-led High Life in theatres, we pay homage to Claire Denis and her marvelous dancing impressionism. For this collaboration with Isabelle Huppert, the director, who grew up in French Africa, returns to her roots for a powerful story about the death throes of white colonialism.

Fugue

Agnieszka Smoczyńska Poland, 2018

22 days to watch
The New Auteurs

We’re excited to introduce The New Auteurs, a strand dedicated to emerging filmmakers with distinct visions! Smoczyńska’s follow-up to the striking The Lure is a dark tale of amnesia that spirals into a maze of identities while sharply—yet elegantly—questioning the role of women in modern societies.

Sunset Edge

Daniel Peddle United States, 2015

21 days to watch

A southern gothic of loss set within a nigh post-apocalyptic trailer park, Sunset Edge is an American indie in the tradition of Harmony Korine’s Gummo in its exploration of a forgotten rural community. Shot through with a poetic, lilting eye, this is an arresting vision of disaffected youth.

Fatima

Philippe Faucon France, 2015

20 days to watch

The lives of 2 generations of Moroccan immigrants and their complicated transitions into French culture are sensitively expressed in this drama. The timeless struggle between cultural tradition and change is at its center, right alongside a truly inspiring depiction of mother-daughter relationships.

Gloria

Sebastián Lelio Chile, 2013

19 days to watch

Sebastián Lelio’s breakout success is a spinning, invigorating, and heart-warming film which told the world that middle-aged women could be the most complex and touching characters in cinema. This year Lelio re-made his own movie with Julianne Moore, but we adore the enchanting Paulina García.

The Creeping Garden

Tim Grabham, Jasper Sharp United Kingdom, 2014

18 days to watch
The Unusual Subjects

The scientific anomaly of slime mold is at the center of this doc which continually spirals outwards, encompassing the topics of art, the universe, and even cinema history. Whether you’re interested in the mystery organism or not, there’s much to discover in this unexpected, philosophical journey.

Arabian Nights: Volume 3, the Enchanted One

Miguel Gomes Portugal, 2015

17 days to watch
Adaptations

Who would have thought austerity measures could trigger such an epic tale of tales? Gomes explores Portugal’s fractures with unmatched originality, sharpness and love—both to his country and to the act (and art) of storytelling. This is the last volume, but we certainly wish it would go on forever.

Arabian Nights: Volume 2, the Desolate One

Miguel Gomes Portugal, 2015

16 days to watch
Adaptations

The second installment of Miguel Gomes’ magnum opus is arguably the most melancholic of the three. While the whole trilogy is a unique blend of fine irony, dark humor, blissful fantasy, and fervent commitment to the present, this middle section confirms Arabian Nights as the ultimate political film.

Arabian Nights: Volume 1, the Restless One

Miguel Gomes Portugal, 2015

15 days to watch
Adaptations

We’re kicking off a new series devoted to Adaptations and their multitude of cinematic approaches to pre-existing texts. First up is Miguel Gomes’ triptych vision of modern Portugal told with the inspiration of the timeless folk tales of Arabian Nights. An inventive masterpiece in three parts.

Salut les Cubains

Agnès Varda France, 1963

14 days to watch
Adieu Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda’s cinema came in many different shapes, as with this docu-photo-essay: a playful portrait of the island of Cuba through its people, its music, but more importantly through the reforms of the recent revolution. As much an informative historical document as an inventive and sparkling film.

Drift

Helena Wittmann Germany, 2017

13 days to watch
Debuts

A student of Berlin School auteur Angela Schanelec, Helena Wittmann takes us on a transcendental trip with Drift: we move from interiors into oceanic immensity as one of its characters makes a journey across the Atlantic. A cosmic and compelling adventure to launch our strand of impressive debuts.

The Fire

Juan Schnitman Argentina, 2015

12 days to watch

Perhaps one of the most intoxicating portraits of the “neither with nor without you” romantic scenario, The Fire is a tale of self-destructive love taking place over the course of 24 hours in Buenos Aires, in which every instant is filled with the utmost intensity and passion. Entrancing.

She-Man: A Story of Fixation

Bob Clark United States, 1967

11 days to watch
byNWR

“Evidence indicates that She-Man’s currently missing, original negative elements do survive, but more rocks have to be turned to find them. This high-definition version, remastered from the best 35mm print source, was digitally cleaned up, while keeping the fairly rough look of the ‘artifact.’”–NWR

Jacquot de Nantes

Agnès Varda France, 1991

10 days to watch
Adieu Agnès Varda

We continue our tribute to Agnès Varda with her portrait of director Jacques Demy, her partner of 32 years. Recounting his influences and inspirations, this loving film traces his beginnings as an artist, and constructs its own intertextual relationship between Varda and Demy’s two singular cinemas.

The Beaches of Agnès

Agnès Varda France, 2008

9 days to watch
Adieu Agnès Varda

It breaks our heart to have to pay tribute to Agnès Varda, godmother of the New Wave, prolific auteur, nimble innovator, and constant inspiration as an artist and a person. She was our first retrospective focus, in 2010. We are presenting three special films in homage to that special artist, Agnès.

Chicks

Sophie Letourneur France, 2010

8 days to watch

With her debut feature, Sophie Letourneur brought a refreshing breeze to French cinema by depicting the lives (and parties) of sassy young women. After a long period of rehearsals, and a tight script based on moments she had lived with her own friends, Chicks retains its vivid, strident realism.

Death Force

Cirio H. Santiago United States, 1978

7 days to watch

The catastrophic sublimity of exploitation cinema is realized in all its’ glory in the infectious Death Force, for which we provide the uncut version of prodigious Philippine action maverick Cirio S. Santiago’s film. Not for those who need their cinema expensive, glossy, or tasteful!

I Hope I'm Loud When I'm Dead

Beatrice Gibson United Kingdom, 2018

6 days to watch
Brief Encounters

We’re delighted to launch Brief Encounters, a spotlight for outstanding new shorts, with two-time Rotterdam Tiger Award winner Beatrice Gibson. I Hope I’m Loud is a mesmeric and intimate whirlwind of poetry exploding as an antidote to violence, a multi-layered message of love in turbulent times.

Flanders

Bruno Dumont France, 2006

5 days to watch
What Is an Auteur?

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Bruno Dumont’s forlorn love story asks where the roots of modern violence is in the rural countryside. Flanders audacious finds the temptations of passion and cruelty both on the battlefield and in the illusion of peace at home.

Hadewijch

Bruno Dumont France, 2009

4 days to watch
What Is an Auteur?

Faith is an increasingly neglected theme in contemporary cinema, but not so for Bruno Dumont, who with each film challenges our understanding of modern spirituality. In Hadewijch he continues his search with the experiences of an exiled nun’s encounters with the transience and dangers of devotion.

Blind Woman's Curse

Teruo Ishii Japan, 1970

3 days to watch

We honor the birthday of actress and singer Meiko Kaji with her genre-bending yakuza classic. Re-introduced to America through swelling ballads in Kill Bill, Kaji’s fierce presence is found in many of the best genre films of the 60s and 70s, including Lady Snowblood and the Stray Cat Rock films.

Reality

Quentin Dupieux France, 2014

2 days to watch

After showing Keep an Eye Out this winter, we’re bringing back the unclassifiably strange comedy of director Quentin Dupieux. This satire of Hollywood, run through a prism of surreal dreams and bizarro humor, co-stars his brother-in-weirdness from across the pond, Eric Wareheim (Master of None).

Microhabitat

Jeon Go-woon South Korea, 2017

Expiring at midnight PDT

“Isn’t life disappointing?” This adage from Ozu’s Tokyo Story echoes through Microhabitat, a tender comedy of disenchantment told in a delightfully vignetted story. Jeon Go-woon’s debut film is a wise meditation on livelihood and the beauty of freedoms both vast and small amidst an unforgiving city.

Our Daily Bread

King Vidor United States, 1934

John and Mary Sims are city-dwellers hit hard by the financial fist of the Great Depression. Driven by bravery (and sheer desperation) they flee to the country and, with the help of other workers, set up a farming community—a socialist mini-society based upon the teachings of Edward Gallafent.

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