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Spotlight on Josephine Decker

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To accompany our very own (and simultaneous!) theatrical and online release of the wonderfully electric Madeline’s Madeline, MUBI is immensely proud to delve into the extended filmography of the intrepid filmmaker and actor Josephine Decker, an utterly distinctive and fearlessly relentless cinematic voice—and the best kept secret of the American indie film scene. Let this retrospective shine a light on her still short yet already remarkable career!

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

Josephine Decker United States, 2014

For her second feature (funded partly on Kickstarter!), Josephine Decker, a true auteur in the U.S. indie scene, crafted an atmospheric, erotic vision, retooling the psychodrama of Bergman & the impressionism of Malick into an utterly unique, primal experiment. Read our interview with the director.

Butter on the Latch

Josephine Decker United States, 2013

We continue our focus on intrepid filmmaker and performance artist Josephine Decker, who dazzled the Berlinale with this sinister thriller—a free-form head-trip and a truly independent debut. Rewardingly disorienting, Butter is a semi-mythical journey through the woods and the throes of friendship.

Art History

Joe Swanberg United States, 2011

Mumblecore director Joe Swanberg’s Art History is a filmic act of self-reflection, starring our queen Josephine Decker! The enclosed space and suffocating atmosphere of a film shoot allows Swanberg to comment on the troubling and affecting nature of acting, and to react against his detractors.

Me the Terrible

Josephine Decker United States, 2012

We are incredibly excited about the imminent release of Madeline’s Madeline! To mark the occasion we plunge into director Josephine Decker’s work, starting with this early short—a wondrous, charmingly eccentric ode to imagination that signals the arrival of a surprising new voice in American cinema.

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.