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Before the Oscars

MUBI Special

Before they hit the Academy Awards, Martin McDonagh
(“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”), and Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) each made a splash with their first films, which we’re showing in the run-up to the 2018 Oscars.

Medicine for Melancholy

Barry Jenkins United States, 2008


More than a calling card for Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, his feature debut is a deeply impassioned vision. For Black History Month and in the run-up to the Oscars, we’re showing his yearning portrait of modern blackness in San Francisco, a complex romance for a very 21st century city.

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

Damien Chazelle United States, 2009


This time last year Damien Chazelle was at the top of Hollywood with La La Land, his jubilant throwback to the American musical. Yet this was not his first foray into the genre—his debut film similarly focuses a kaleidoscope of influences into an absorbing story of love, youth, and, of course, jazz!

Six Shooter

Martin McDonagh Ireland, 2004


With Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri receiving no less than 7 nominations from the Academy, we’re proud to leap back to his first film. Starring Brendan Gleeson, Six Shooter looks at death with a tonal cocktail of ink-black cynicism and sincerity only McDonagh can do.

Life is too short for bad films

Every day we hand-pick a beautiful new film and you have a whole month to watch it, so there’s always 30 perfectly curated films to discover.