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Direct from Rotterdam

MUBI Special

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is as lauded as it is sprawling, each January presenting hundreds of film premieres from around the world. As the 2019 festival kicks off, we are proud to exclusively present three particularly special and truly visionary gems found at the 2018 edition: a richly imagined drama of wartime Japan from cult director Nobuhiko Obayashi, a remarkable immersion into the journey over the Pyrenees of exiles fleeing Nazism, and a film entirely constructed from the evocative remnants of unfinished Argentinian features.

The Endless Film

Leandro Listorti Argentina, 2018

Expired

We close our Rotterdam series with a sublime experiment: a film resurrecting cinematic ghosts, injecting life into projects that never saw the light. Made out of unfinished Argentinian movies, this entrancing patchwork of fragmented narratives is an ode to the infinite possibilities of storytelling.

Les Unwanted de Europa

Fabrizio Ferraro Spain, 2018

Expired

Our next Rotterdam pick is a road movie of sorts, with hints of Béla Tarr’s cinema, and philosopher Walter Benjamin as its hero. Drawing a parallel between different forms of fascism, The Unwanted delves into the meaning of exile by confronting human vulnerability with the immensity of landscape.

Hanagatami

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi Japan, 2017

Expired

With the invigoratingly eclectic Rotterdam Film Festival now taking place, we’re presenting three boldly imagined gems found by our curators at the last edition. From the director of the cult favorite Hausu comes an exuberantly stylized yet tender and moving story of love and friendship in wartime.

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.