MUBI concludes its week dedicated to female directors in honour of International Women’s Day, but the focus remains on female talent with a look at one of Annete Bening’s best roles. And, with Anna Biller’s The Love Witch in cinemas, don’t miss the chance to catch up with her 2007 film, VIVA.
Here’s what’s new, coming soon and leaving soon to the subscription streaming service:
This week on MUBI
Tiny Furniture – 11th March
As Girls finishes, go back to creator Lena Dunham’s feature film debut – an authentic, incisive portrait of a young woman at a crossroads.
Being Julia – 12th March
MUBI begins a double-bill dedicated to the work of Hollywood power couple Annette Bening and Warren Beatty. First up, István Szabó’s adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham, which follows actress, Julia Lambert, who is bored with her career, her devoted husband, and desperate to experience something new and exciting in her life. She finds what she is looking for in a fling with a handsome young fan. One of Bening’s best roles, her performance won her an Oscar nomination.
Lilith – 13th March
MUBI’s double-bill concludes with a fresh-faced turn from a young Warren Beatty, who plays therapist Vincent, a war veteran who works at a private sanitarium. Vincent’s life gradually becomes unhinged as he falls for Lilith (Jean Seberg), an unstable and highly manipulative patient.
The Merchant of Four Seasons – 14th March
A key milestone in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s career, the drama follows Hans Epp (Hans Hirschmüller), a former foreign legionnaire and fruit-peddler living in 1950s West Germany, who is pushed over the edge by an uncaring society.
Other new releases on MUBI
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.
Alan Parker’s prison break classic follows Billy Hayes, an American college student, who is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey in 1970 and thrown into prison. Written by Oliver Stone, the show also features an appearance by the late, great John Hurt.
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?
The Trouble With Angels
Ida Lupino’s 1966 comedy follows Mary and Rachel, two high-spirited young students at St. Francis Academy For Girls, who keep outsmarting the challenged Mother Superior and her staff of bewildered Sisters.
Tomorrow We Move
When Charlotte (Sylvie Testud) takes her widowed mother (Aurore Clément) into her apartment, the ensuing clutter drives her to distraction. Chantal Akerman’s 2004 comedy won the Lumières Award for Best French-Language Film in 2005.
Cleo From 5 to 7
Over the course of two hours, a beautiful singer best known by her stage name Cléo Victoire tries to occupy her time around the city of Paris while waiting for test results from her doctor. Agnès Varda’s 1962 film includes cameos from Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Ang Lee’s 2000 martial arts flick (about a thief stealing a treasured sword) is more tender character piece than breathtaking action, something that makes his introduction to the wuxia genre for western audiences all the more dazzling. An epic of whispered poetry, its wirework and nighttime sequences are unlike anything many had seen before, always using its stunts to further its characters, with each blow from veteran warriors Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) and Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) a gesture of unspoken emotion.
As Good As It Gets
Jack Nicholson is on cantankerous form in James L Brooks’ 1997 rom-com. The film follows misanthropic writer Melvin Udall, who, after his homosexual neighbour is brutally beaten, is entrusted with the care of their dog – and, on top of everything, finds himself falling for Carol (Helen Hunt), a single mother and waitress with whom he has a difficult relationship. Both stars took home acting awards at the Oscars.
Branded to Kill
MUBI pays tribute to the late Japanese director Seijun Suzuki with his 1967 classic. A hitman, with a fetish for sniffing boiling rice, fumbles his latest job, putting him into conflict with his treacherous wife, with a mysterious woman eager for death and with the phantom-like hit-man known only as Number One. The result is a cool slice of yakuza action, which influenced such directors as Tarantino and Jarmusch.
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
Available until end of: 11th March
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The King of Escape
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The Awful Truth
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My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
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The People vs. Larry Flynt
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The Greatest Show on Earth
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