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We’ve scoured the globe to bring you new films each month straight from the most prestigious film festivals. Our Special Discovery series exclusively presents hand-picked films from established directors and introduces some of the most talented filmmakers emerging on the scene.

The Wolf House

Cristóbal León, Joaquín Cociña Chile, 2018

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With echoes of animation giants Jan Švankmajer and the Quay Brothers, this gothic Chilean oddity is as nightmarish as cinema gets. Sinuously connecting Nazism and Pinochet, La Casa Lobo subverts the logic of fairy tales and the idea of home, to deliver a phantasmagoric allegory of terrifying beauty.

9 Fingers

F.J. Ossang France, 2017

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We’re thrilled to launch a new retrospective devoted to punk poet, musician, and director F.J. Ossang with his new film, which won him Best Director at Locarno. A sui generis cocktail of gangster films, German Expressionism, and nautical-nuclear intrigue, its febrile anarchism is utterly freeing.

The Wild Boys

Bertrand Mandico France, 2017

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Shot on radiant high-contrast film stock—mostly black & white, with ravishing bursts of color—Mandico’s feature debut is a stunning, exuberant erotic reverie. As provocatively political as to cast five women in the titular boys’ roles, this genre-and-gender-bending delirium mystifies and bewitches.

Djon África

Filipa Reis, João Miller Guerra Portugal, 2018

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Filmmaker duo João Miller Guerra & Filipa Reis bring their skilled documentary eye to this semi-fictional road movie—a playful yet profound inquiry into Portugal’s colonial past that breaths with warm authenticity and irresistible music. Djon África might just be the anti-hero we need this summer!

The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company

Jean-Luc Godard Switzerland, 1986

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A Godard film with Jean-Pierre Léaud you didn’t know existed? Yes. Originally commissioned for French TV—and broadcast only once in 30 years—this is a playfully forlorn ode to the B-side of showbiz from its greatest saboteur. A new restoration has given this ’86 jewel the cinematic life it deserves.

So Long Enthusiasm

Vladimir Durán Argentina, 2017

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Every family has its own rule book. With traces of Martel and Lanthimos, So Long Enthusiasm plunges into the uncanny, challenging our idea of normalcy by braiding filial dynamics, claustrophobia and surrealism as if invoking Kafka. Unsettling and tender in equal parts, this is a staggering debut.

Casa Roshell

Camila José Donoso Mexico, 2017

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If there’s a word that encapsulates Donoso’s approach to the transgender community of Casa Roshell, that is empathy. Echoing the utopic, non-judgemental atmosphere of the idiosyncratic club, her camera allows people to be who they want to be. A dreamy celebration of identity, an oasis of freedom.

The Dreamed Path

Angela Schanelec Germany, 2016

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We close our Angela Schanelec focus with the online premiere of her latest film, The Dreamed Path. Through Bressonian fragmentation, the Berlin School auteur delivers a puzzling, elliptical anti-love story, and keeps challenging our notion of narrative with her radical, quietly masterful filmmaking.

The Nothing Factory

Pedro Pinho Portugal, 2017

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A powerhouse debut with an ambitious subject—the throes of European capitalism—dramatized with practical and engrossing storytelling. We see a labor dispute in all its detail of passion and conflict—drama that attracts drama, and even a song! A tremendous evocation of the struggle to work and live.

The Night I Swam

Damien Manivel, Igarashi Kohei France, 2017

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Joining the pantheon of great childhood films, Manivel and Igarashi’s Japan-set miniature is a disarmingly tender (and funny!) tale of adventures that plays with the perception of time and space, putting us in the shoes (snow boots!) of a six-year-old. An ode to solitude, without the need of words.

Bright Nights

Thomas Arslan Germany, 2017

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Berlin School veteran Thomas Arslan’s return to the German festival’s competition is a majestic yet intimate father-son road movie. With unassuming minimalism and a breathtaking use of landscape, Arslan charts both a geographical and an emotional journey infused with serene, affecting melancholy.

Untitled

Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi Austria, 2017

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“The most beautiful film I could imagine is one which would never come to rest," said Michael Glawogger of this epic, free-floating documentary project—but malaria struck him down during shooting. Monica Willi, his and Haneke’s editor, crafted the final, global vision, made of extraordinary footage.

A Decent Woman

Lukas Valenta Rinner Argentina, 2016

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Nodding to Greek Weird Wave’s godfather Lanthimos and Austrian provocateur Seidl, Valenta Rinner finds a voice of his own depicting Argentina’s class tensions in this hilariously deadpan social satire. A perfect blend of mordant humour, formal meticulousness, eccentric anarchy and nudist tableaux.

Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog

Julian Radlmaier Germany, 2017

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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.

Ava

Léa Mysius France, 2017

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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!

Antiporno

Sion Sono Japan, 2016

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Following Wet Woman on the Wind, we bring you the latest Nikkatsu Roman Porno reboot. Genre-bending Japanese provocateur Sono Sion (Love Exposure) flips his assignment on its head, transforming his softcore film into a candy-colored, fourth-wall-breaking exposé of the sex (and art) industry.

Wet Woman in the Wind

Akihiko Shiota Japan, 2016

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Nikkatsu is rebooting its legendary Roman Porno series, giving different directors creative freedom in exchange for thriftiness and a healthy dose of sex. The first of these softcore art films (or arty softcore films, if you wish!), is Akihiko Shiota’s slapstick comedy, a breezily playful delight.

Under Electric Clouds

Aleksei German Ml. Russia, 2015

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A grandiose vision of Russia’s future (in fact, 2017!) by Aleksei German Jr., son of the legendary director Aleksei German (Hard to Be a God). As with Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, a building takes on epic new meaning as different people’s stories whirl around its totemic hulk in this audacious drama.

A German Youth

Jean-Gabriel Périot France, 2015

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A film that opens with Godard and closes with Fassbinder can only have a combative soul. Bravely refusing audio narration, Périot’s collage of stunning archival footage from post-war Germany’s political unrest is a superb, enthralling meditation on radicalization that is of utmost relevance today.

One Floor Below

Radu Muntean Romania, 2015

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A murder is hidden behind the quotidian tapestry of everyday life in Romanian New Wave director Radu Muntean’s subtle and observant drama, which premiered in Cannes. A man tries to follow his routine while a death in his building quietly simmers his world in a mix of guilt, suspicion, and secrecy.

The Future Perfect

Nele Wohlatz Argentina, 2016

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It’s not very often that a film is smart and modest at the same time. German-born, Argentina-based Nele Wohlatz has made an impossibly humble comedy, unassumingly clever and irresistibly warm, so empathetic in capturing what being a foreigner feels like that will restore your hope in humanity.

Hello Destroyer

Kevan Funk Canada, 2016

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Canada is amidst a renaissance of refreshing movies by a new wave of directors. Told with a bold disaffected style recalling Michael Haneke, this debut is at the forefront. Hello Destroyer is an intimate portrait of a young hockey player and an incisive reflection on institutionalized violence.

Brooks, Meadows and Lovely Faces

Yousry Nasrallah Egypt, 2016

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Egyptian auteur Yousry Nasrallah deftly weaves between drama, comedy and subtle political insight in this warm and colorful social tapestry. Romantic, business and sexual relationships swirl around a wedding, a grand, music and food-filled event touching all types of people, wealthy and working.

The Event

Sergei Loznitsa Netherlands, 2015

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Sergei Loznitsa has made an astounding documentary from restored footage of the dramatic cavalcade of events during the collapse of the Soviet Union 26 years ago this month: government dissolution, Gorbachev gone missing, and a coup d’etat. Like today, we only know what is presented to the public.

Eldorado XXI

Salomé Lamas France, 2016

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Not only a stunning ethnographic portrait of a community and landscape, Eldorado XXI is also a haunting, immersive experience—a trance that blends the grandeur of a mythical land with the shadow of colonialism, blurring the limits of cinematic narrative. Please watch on the biggest screen you can.

Scarred Hearts

Radu Jude Romania, 2016

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Romanian New Wave director Radu Jude follows up his award-winning Aferim! with this wry adaptation mixing an author’s writings with his life. Shooting his colorful 35mm production in playfully old fashioned 4:3, this ode to an ingenious and poetic soul is a delightful mix of melancholy and humor.

Le Moulin

Huang Ya-li Taiwan, 2015

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With remarkable variety of form and a graceful touch, this expansive yet tremendously sensitive debut by Huang Ya-li is an epic and detailed immersion into a remarkable group of writers in Taiwan. Spanning three decades of political turmoil and war, we movingly watch their struggle to create art.

Over the Years

Nikolaus Geyrhalter Austria, 2015

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Acclaimed documentarian Nikolaus Geyrhalter returned to Waldviertel for 10 years to film this one-of-a-kind, sprawling portrait of a region transformed year after year by economic turmoil. You powerfully get to know these people literally across time as they deal with wages and aging.

John From

João Nicolau Portugal, 2015

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João Nicolau has become one of the main voices of contemporary Portuguese cinema, next to the likes of Miguel Gomes or João Pedro Rodrigues. This dreamy coming-of-age tale of both epic and intimate proportions—just like first love—is a truly original, enchanting ode to adolescence and fantasy.

Rouge

Antoine Barraud France, 2015

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Our second Special Discovery is a never-before-seen version of Antoine Barraud’s Berlinale-fêted Le dos rouge. Wander in Paris’ mesmerizing museums in Bertrand Bonello’s company, which Sarah Winchester’s director roams in search of monstrosity, sharing the screen with some of France’s finest actors.

Sarah Winchester, Phantom Opera

Bertrand Bonello France, 2016

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This month’s Special Discovery duo is a pairing with French auteur Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, Nocturama), first behind the camera and then in front. They are also films that approach and integrate other arts: here, a gorgeous, mysterious sketch towards a dark opera rich in dance and music.

Between Fences

Avi Mograbi Israel, 2016

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How can a migrant tell his or her story? Documentarian Avi Mograbi has come together with theater director Chen Alon to collaborate with detainees in Israel not only to document their treatment but to work together using Theater of the Oppressed methods to dramatize their incredible experiences.

Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait

Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Bedirxan France, 2014

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“1001 images of Syria, shot by 1001 Syrians,” says Mohammed, an exile in Paris following the traces of his country’s war found online. Later, Kurdish director Wiam Simav Bedirxan sends him footage from Homs. An immensely powerful and moving correspondence between exile and home, images and reality.

The Park

Damien Manivel France, 2016

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We are proud to present our first Special Discovery—bringing you gems direct from the world’s best film festivals—the second film by emerging French director Damien Manivel. A minimalist romance charting an entire teenage relationship over the course of a day, by night things turn phantasmagoric.

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