Not getting your arthouse fix from Netflix? Wish there were more indie films on Amazon Prime Video? Every week, we round up the new releases on MUBI, the subscription VOD service that hand-picks new and old classics from around the world.
This week, MUBI celebrates Female Friendships Forever with a season dedicated to women on screen – building up to its latest exclusive acquisition from the world cinema festival circuit: I, Olga Hepnarova.
Here’s what’s new and coming soon to MUBI:
This week on MUBI
Female Friendships Forever: Fried Green Tomatoes – 12th November
Jon Avnet’s 1991 drama follows a housewife who is unhappy with her life and befriends an old lady in a nursing home, becoming enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.
Female Friendships Forever: The Runaways – 13th November
Floria Sigismondi’s 2010 compelling drama sees a breakout Dakota Fanning play Cherie Currie, the young singer who formed the eponymous 1970s rock band, alongside an unrecognisable Kristen Stewart as guitarist Joan Jett. (Watch out for Michael Shannon as their producer, Kim Fowley.)
Heremias Book One – 14th November
MUBI’s epic Lav Diaz retrospective continues with another monthly entry from his canon: the 2006 drama about a wandering peddler who becomes involved with criminals in the jungle.
48 Hours – 15th November
Walter Hill’s 1982 rollercoaster thriller 48 Hrs brings together Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy, an odd couple that remains one of cinema’s most unlikely and entertaining partnerships.
Saturday Night, Sunday Morning – 16th November
MUBI’s Tony Richardson season continues with this 1960 tale, which stars Albert Finney as factory worker Arthur, who is having an affair with the wife of a colleague – only for her to become pregnant and find out about his pursuit of a younger woman. Soon enough, his life is at a crossroads…
Iris – 17th November
Richard Eyre directs Judi Dench and Kate Winslet in the generations-spanning drama of the lifelong romance between novelist Irish Murdoch and her husband John Bayley (Jim Broadbent).
I, Olga Hepnarova – 18th November
Directed by Tomás Weinreb & Petr Kazda, this Berlinale Panorama opener was snapped up by the subscription VOD service earlier this year. Based on real events, it follows a deeply troubled woman, played by the young Michalina Olszanska, living in 70s Prague. Unable to fit in and find a place in the world, at the age of 22, Olga takes a series of steps that lead to tragedy. A character study of a disturbingly fascinating personality, the film combines intimate tone with a detached visual style.
Other new releases on MUBI
Female Friendships Forever: Heavenly Creatures
Peter Jackson’s 1994 drama boasts two sensational turns from Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet, which follows two teenage girls with vivid imaginations who form an intense bond that results in the murder of one of their own mothers.
Female Friendships Forever: Ghost World
Based on the comic book of the same name by Daniel Clowes, Terry Zwigoff’s film follows Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), who, as they graduate from high school, respond to a personal ad from a middle-aged record collector as a joke – a decision that changes their friendship.
How many masterpieces has Martin Scorsese made in his career? His third film, Mean Streets, is surely his first, as the director teams up with Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro for a fiery crime drama about a small-time gambler who enlists the help of a friend, who’s a rising star in the New York mafia, to help him get out of debt.
City of God
Everyone’s heard of Fernando Meirelles’ thrilling tale of young boys growing up in the violent neighbour of Rio de Janeiro – and with good reason.
MUBI’s William Wyler retrospective continues with his 1968 drama about comedienne Fannie Brice, from her early days in the Jewish slums of the Lower East Side to her peak with Ziegfeld Follies.
Alexander Payne’s satire about a high school election boasts a cracking turn from Reese Witherspoon as a successful student determined to win and Matthew Broderick as the teacher trying to stop her.
MUBI continues its Tony Richardson season with 1960’s The Entertainer, starring Roger Livesey as third-rate music hall comedian Archie, who won’t admit that he’s a failure.
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
Available until end of: 12th November
Available until end of: 13th November
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Looking for Eric
Available until end of: 19th November
The Lady Vanishes
Available until end of: 20th November