Another month begins on MUBI and April promises everything from Frank Capra to Shakespeare, with a helping of exclusive Discoveries picked up from the festival circuit around the world. Before that, we kick things off in brooding style, with a Marlon Brando double-bill.
Here’s what’s new, coming soon and leaving soon to the subscription streaming service:
This week on MUBI
Gimme the Loot – 1st April
When Malcolm and Sofia’s latest graffiti masterpiece is buffed by a rival gang, these two determined Bronx teens must hustle, steal, and scheme to get revenge and become the biggest writers in the City. Adam Leon’s energetic debut from 2012 is a portrait of the high-wire act of balancing friendship with artistic ambition.
Marlon Brando Double: The Chase – 2nd April
Most everyone in town thinks that Sheriff Calder is merely a puppet of rich oil-man Val Rogers. When it is learned that local baddie Bubber Reeves has escaped prison, Rogers’ son is concerned because he is having an affair with Reeves’ wife.
Marlon Brando Double: The Wild One – 3rd April
Johnny and his motorcycle gang roll into Carbonville for a biker competition and raise enough hell to get kicked out of town. They repair to nearby Wrightsville and continue their reign of terror, and the local sheriff is helpless.
Effi Breast – 4th April
MUBI’s Fassbinder season continues with the director’s austere adaptation of Theodor Fontane’s novel from the late 19th century. The result is a period drama following a teenager forced into a loveless marriage with an old count. Living as the aristocrat’s trophy wife, Effi endures her provincial existence unhappily.
The Colors of the Mountain – 5th April
Manuel, 9, has an old ball with which he plays football every day in the countryside. He dreams of becoming a great goalkeeper. His wishes seem set to come true when Ernest, his father, gives him a new ball. But an unexpected accident sends the ball flying into a minefield.
La Rupture – 6th April
Hélène Régnier (Stephane Audran) has just left her mentally-ill husband Charles (Jean-Claude Drouot) after he assaulted their son. When Charles’ parents hire family friend Paul Thomas (Jean-Pierre Cassel) to get some dirt on Hélène before the custody battle, he eagerly takes to his new assignment.
Sarah Winchester (MUBI Discoveries) – 7th April
Bertrand Bonello’s short film follows a musician and stage director, played by Reda Kateb, who is standing facing his console, making some sound tests. He is rehearsing in the auditorium of the Opéra de Paris. From there, he is directing prima ballerina Marie-Agnès Gillot for an opera entitled Sarah Winchester, which is inspired by the life of this American woman whose fate was so peculiar.
Other new releases on MUBI
1,000 Times Good Night
Juliette Binoche plays a war photographer in Erik Poppe’s powerful 2013 film. “As Rebecca’s calm exterior crumbles, the beautiful cinematography captures the fallout of war in a genuinely affecting way. You wish A Thousand Times Good Night managed to sustain that subtlety throughout. The uniformly excellent performances, though, mean that there are real moments of power between the overdone lines.” Read our full review
The youth film goes political in this portrait of a forbidden homosexual relationship between two young women in Tehran.
Carole Lombard and John Barrymore star in Howard Hawks’ 1934 drama about an anguished love story predicated on the struggle of artistic creation and collaboration. Sophisticated, witty cinema.
Ali: Fear Eats the soulh
MUBI’s Fassbinder retrospective hits its peak with one of the most director’s famous films – and with good reason. Taking inspiration from Douglas Sirk, this powerful drama follows an almost accidental romance between an ageing German woman and a Moroccan migrant worker more than 20 years her younger – and their bond, which crosses boundaries of race and age, sends shocking ripples through the society around them.
Pat Collins’ 2012 film pays poetic tribute to the power, and sound, of silence, as we join sound recordist Eoghan, who returns to Ireland for the first time in 15 years – a journey that sees him try to capture the natural noise of the landscapes, terrain and backdrop of his home country.
Trust MUBI to celebrate Mother’s Day in their own bold fashion, with Isabelle Huppert starring in Christophe Honore’s 2004 drama. Based on George Bataille’s posthumous, controversial novel, the sun-drenched tale of incest sees a young man introduced by his amoral mother to a world of hedonism and depravity, following his father’s death.
Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno
MUBI teams up with the Fashion on Film Festival to present a newly mastered cut of The Inferno, Clouzot’s legendary unfinished film. Uncovered by film archivist Serge Bromberg, the result is a treasure trove of images from what would have been called L’enfer, starring Romy Schneider – except for the fact that it sadly never got made.
Kitano x 3: Fireworks
MUBI’s Takeshi Kitano triple-bill highlights the sheer diversity of the director’s career, beginning with this violent, sentimental, poignant drama – not bad for a TV host and comedian.
Kitano x 3: Kids Return
Kitano shows his emotional side with this coming-of-age drama about two young male friends who enter the world of underground boxing. Music by Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi is the icing on the cake.
Kitano x 3: Kikujiro
Japan’s one and only Takeshi Kitano tips his hat to The Wizard of Oz and Chaplin’s The Kid with this movie, bloody piece of cinema, which fuses childhood naivety with yakuza action.
The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
MUBI’s Fassbinder season continues with an all-female melodrama – a fiery, fervent love-and-hate story for the ages.
How can a migrant tell his or her story? Documentarian Avi Mograbi teams up with theatre director Chen Alon to work with detainees in Israel to document their treatment and to dramatise their experiences.
As The Love Witch arrives in UK cinemas, MUBI takes us back to Anna Biller’s 2007 film, which sees a suburban housewife in 1972, abandoned by her husband, go out to find herself in the middle of the swinging Playboy-era sexual revolution. Looking for love and adventure, she explores nudist colonies, orgies, prostitution, bisexuality, and bohemia.
A quiet, moving film, For Ellen follows Joby’s (Paul Dano) attempt to connect with his daughter, Ellen (Shaylena Mandigo), before he loses her completely. So Yong Kim keeps things moving at a slow pace, giving her enough time to draw out a intensely delicate performance from Dano. Read our review.
Céline Sciamma’s 2011 drama follows Laure, who’s 10 years old and a tomboy. On her arrival in a new neighborhood, she lets Lisa and her crowd believe that she is a boy. Truth or dare?
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait
Available until end of: 1st April
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The Trouble with Angels
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Tomorrow We Move
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Cleo from 5 to 7
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