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This year MUBI has partnered with the iconic BFI London Film Festival on a unique season, bringing three of our freshest films exclusively from their UK premieres at the festival. With two titles that shook the croisette in Cannes earlier this year—Bertrand Bonello’s post-colonial voodoo horror Zombi Child and Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole, winner of the Un Certain Regard’s Best Director award!— as well as a three-years-in-the-making documentary suppressed from public release for almost two decades, this season offers a chance to glimpse at the best (and boldest!) voices in contemporary cinema.
Happy festival!

Yves Saint Laurent: The Last Collections

Olivier Meyrou France, 2018

Banned for 20 years, this transfixing portrait of YSL comes to life doubling as a zombie film, capturing the thick atmosphere around the fashion myth and the intricacies of a relationship with Pierre Bergé where power, love and creative genius intersect. We bet PTA saw it when making Phantom Thread!

Zombi Child

Bertrand Bonello France, 2019

French king of cool Bertrand Bonello is at it again! An endlessly mysterious film, subverting horror tropes in unexpected ways and fearlessly unleashing suppressed demons, Zombi Child boasts a sharp political edge, lavish visuals and an ace synth score (by Bonello himself!). Pulp, gorgeous, sublime.

Beanpole

Kantemir Balagov Russia, 2019

After the shockingly powerful Closeness, we couldn’t wait for Russian wunderkind Kantemir Balagov’s second film. Beanpole grabbed us by the throat: an entrancing immersion into post-war turmoil and a towering ode to female resilience—with tour-de-force performances and a jaw-dropping use of color.

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