This weekend sees the release of Damien Manivel’s The Park in cinemas and online by MUBI, the first of its series of Discoveries by some of cinema’s hottest new filmmakers.
MUBI’s love letter to world film continues in swooning style for the rest of the week, as it handpicks romantic comedies from around the globe, whether that’s Hal Ashby’s Shampoo or Eric Rohmer’s witty My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.
Otherwise, don’t miss your last chance to stream MUBI’s wide range of titles fresh from My French Film Festival (you can read our review of the festival’s shorts, available for free on its official site here).
Here’s what’s new, coming soon and leaving soon on MUBI:
This week on MUBI: The Rom Com Variations
Shampoo – 11th February
Lovers undo a hairdresser from Beverly Hills around 1968 Election Eve in Hal Ashby’s 1975 comedy. The young and beautiful Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn, with the late Carrie Fisher appearing in her first screen role. The result is a hilarious sex farce, with Beatty on gorgeous form. “I don’t fuck anybody for money,” he says at one point. “I do it for the fun.”
The King of Escape – 12th February
Armand Lacourtade, a 43-year-old farm equipment salesman, can no longer bear his homosexual bachelorhood. When he meets Curly, a plucky teenage girl, he changes orientations in this 2009 film from Alain Guiraudie.
The Awful Truth – 13th February
Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other’s attempts to find new romance in Leo McCarey 1930s screwball romance.
Petty Romance – 14th February
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like Kim Jeong-hoon. A box office smash in South Korea back in 2010, the comedy follows a comic artist and an unemployed sex columnist, who are trying to work together in order to win a lucrative comic-book competition.
My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend – 15th February
Éric Rohmer’s witty, breezy comedy sees Blanche and Lea meet and become friends – only for the pair to meet each other’s partners, Fabien and Alexandre. A love triangle soon begins to form.
Yossi – 16th February
The sequel to Yossi and Jagger follows Yossi, a closeted gay man living a solitary existence in Tel Aviv. A chance encounter with a group of soldiers ignites Yossi’s desire to live an open, fulfilling life.
Modern Romance – 17th February
Albert Brooks directs himself as a successful film editor with far too many issues that affect the relationship between he and his remarkably patient girlfriend.
Other new releases on MUBI
The Park (Le Parc)
Summer time. A teenage boy and girl have their first date in a park. Hesitant and shy at first, they soon discover each other, get closer as they wander, and end up falling in love. But as the sun goes down, it is time to part… And a dark night begins. MUBI’s exclusive acquisition is in cinemas as well as on MUBI.
The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears
MUBI begins a Giallo weekender dedicated to the yellow-backed pulp thrillers of Italy, which inspired a horror genre in the 1960s and 70s. Belgian duo Hélène Cattet and Burno Foranzi pay homage to the genre with a reboot for modern times, as their 2013 horror sees a woman vanish. Her husband begins to investigate the strange circumstances of her disappearance. Did she leave him, or is she dead?
MUBI’s Giallo / Meta-Giallo double concludes with – who else? – Dario Agento. His 1975 horror follows an English pianist living in Rome, who witnesses the brutal murder of his neighbour, a psychic. With the help of a tenacious young reporter, he tries to discover the killer using unconventional methods, and the two are soon drawn into a shocking web of dementia, savagery and violence.
Film Is a Theorem: Letter
MUBI continues its season dedicated to the documentaries of Sergei Losnitza with this portrat of a remote village in the Northwest of Russia, seeemingly untouched by civilisation.
Picnic at Hanging Rock
When it comes to dramas about disappearing people, Peter Weir’s 1975 is an unrivalled classic. Eerie and understated in equal measure, the film follows a party of girls from a strict boarding school, who go on an outing to nearby landmark Hanging Rock on a St. Valentine’s Day – only for part of the group vanish without explanation.
Harold Ramis’ comedy about a weatherman who finds himself reliving the same day over and over again is funny, sweet, profound and features a superb central turn from Bill Murray. A verifiable classic that gets better every time you watch it. (Read our full review)
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
A Cold War spy on one final, dangerous mission. Hot on the heels of The Night Manager, the BBC is already planning a new adaptation of classic John le Carre story. Before they can, don’t miss Martin Ritt’s 1965 film, starring Richard Burton plays – one of the best spy movies based on one of the best spy novels.
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
My French Film Festival: Marguerite & Julien
Available until end of: 11th February
My French Film Festival: Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)
Available until end of: 12th February
My French Film Festival: Moka
Available until end of: 13th February
Available until end of: 14th February
My French Film Festival: Les Ogres
Available until end of: 15th February
My French Film Festival: Parisienne
Available until end of: 16th February
Available until end of: 17th February
The Doom Generation
Available until end of: 18th February
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Available until end of: 19th February
Capturing the Friedmans
Available until end of: 20th February