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Direct from Locarno

MUBI Special

The Locarno Film Festival, taking place in a small lakeside Swiss town every August, is one of the world’s premiere venues for celebrating bold, adventurous cinema. To celebrate this new 70th edition MUBI is exclusively presenting a series of highlights from the 2015 and 2016 festivals.

Rio Corgo

Maya Kosa, Sérgio da Costa Switzerland, 2015


We conclude our highlights from the Locarno Film Festival with this stellar Swiss co-production. An audacious debut, it (ad)ventures into the Portuguese countryside to explore a man’s life (shot across a gorgeous landscape) in ways that go beyond the boundaries of normal documentaries.


Esen Isik Switzerland, 2015


For our final two selections of films being shown from the Locarno Film Festival come from the Swiss Panorama section, highlighting the best of recent Swiss productions. In Esen Isik’s feature debut, the Turkish director explores the tensions and passions of those who live on Istanbul’s margins.

Deux Rémi, deux

Pierre Léon France, 2015


A lightweight favorite films from Locarno last year is Russian-born Pierre Léon’s slim, comedic adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s “The Double.” Its charming insider cast includes auteur Serge Bozon, Truffaut’s enchanting granddaughter, film historian Bernard Eisenschitz, and New Wave secret Jackie Raynal.

The Movement

Benjamín Naishtat Argentina, 2015


Up-and-coming director Benjamín Naishtat prize-winning third film is an audaciously stark and powerful tale of the Argentine frontier. In this small film with impressive ambition—and stunning black and white cinematography—Naishtat cleverly envisions a crucial moment in his nation’s history.

Los Hongos

Oscar Ruíz Navia Colombia, 2014


Each August the Swiss town of Locarno hosts a festival showing some of the year’s best discoveries. We celebrate this year’s edition with favorites, intimate and provocative, that recently premiered there, beginning with Columbian director Oscar Ruíz Navia’s follow-up to his acclaimed gem Crab Trap.

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.