MUBI heads to France this week, partnering once again with UniFrance and My French Film Festival to share a rich and exciting selection of new films from across the Channel. (You can see the full festival line-up here.) MUBI has hand-picked six movies from this year’s event, including the tumultuous drama of a traveling Chekhovian theatre troupe, Les Ogres, and Parisienne, boasting a brilliant performance by Manal Issa as a young Lebanese woman coming of age in the French capital.
Here’s what’s new and coming soon to MUBI:
This week on MUBI
MyFFF: Marguerite et Julien – 13th January
MUBI opens its selection of movies from My French Film Festival with a provocative Cannes selection from Valerie Donzelli, where she rescues a script originally written for Truffaut about incestuous love.
MyFFF: Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) – 14th January
Eva Husson’s debut film is a coming-of-age film that’s bolder than most, as the stylish drama explores sexuality in a remote French town, where well-adjusted sixteen and seventeen year olds are ordinary adolescents who take a singular path towards a steamy group encounter. Read our full review.
MyFFF: Moka – 15th January
Nathalie Baye and Emmanuelle Devos enter a series of beguiling events in this complexly woven and propulsive thriller. Winner of the Piazza Grande Award at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival.
Film Is a Theorem: Portrait – 16th January
MUBI’s weekly season dedicated to the documentaries of Sergei Losnitza continues with this 30-minute collection of still pictures of residents of Russian countryside.
MyFFF: Les Ogres – 17th January
Léa Fehner’s boisterous film immerses viewers in a flamboyant theatre troupe. A cast including The Unknown Girl’s Adèle Haenel keeps the plates of drama (in front and behind the curtain) and comedy spinning.
MyFFF: Parisienne – 18th January
Soon to be seen in Bertrand Bonello’s controversial snapshot of terrorist youth, Nocturama, Manal Issa makes her screen debut in Danielle Arbid’s portrait of a young Lebanese woman in the City of Lights.
MyFFF: The Demons – 19th January
While a series of kidnappings of young boys is raging in Montreal, Félix, 10, finishes school in Old Longueuil. Like many children, he is afraid of everything. Little by little, the childhood imaginary demons mix with demons of a disturbing reality.
The Doom Generation – 20th January
Amy Blue is wallowing in a boring relationship with her high school sweetheart Jordan Whitewhen white-hot drifter Xavier Red literally lands on their car and climbs aboard Rose McGowan, James Duval and Johnathon Schaech star in Gregg Araki’s 1995 dark comedy.
Other new releases on MUBI
“I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave.” If you’ve never seen David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King in this iconic 1986 fantasy, this is your chance.
One of the last films from the renowned Eric Rohmer, Triple Agent takes place in 1930s France, at the time of the Spanish Civil War. Fiodor, a general in the former Tsar’s army, has taken flight to Paris together with his young Greek wife, Arsinoé. Arsinoé sympathizes with her Communist neighbors, but Fiodor’s stance is unclear. White Russian, Soviet, Naz…whose side is he on?
It’s About Time: Elegy to the Visitor from the Revolution
MUBI continues its monthly retrospective of the cinema of Lav Diaz with the global online release of Elegy to the Visitor from the Revolution.
First Films First: Easy Rider
MUBI’s directorial debut season begins with Dennis Hopper’s counterculture classic, Easy Rider. Following two friends heading cross-country in search of their “American Dream”, this is one of the most iconic slices of Americana ever to hit the cinema screen.
First Films First: Red Road
Jackie is a CCTV operator. One day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she never wanted to see again. Now she has no choice: she is compelled to confront him. Andrea Arnold’s debut kick-started a career that continues to impress with every new film.
First Films First: I Killed My Mother
Hubert Minel dislikes his mother. For his 16 years, with contempt, he only sees her ugly sweaters and kitschy décor. Confused by their love-hate relationship, he moves through the rites of passage of adolescence. The only thing more striking than Xavier Dolan’s debut was how young he was when he made it.
The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Charles Ferguson’s 2010 documentary traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the relationships that have corrupted politics, regulation, and academia.
Film is a Theorem: The Train Stop
MUBI begins a new weekly season dedicated to the documentaries of Sergei Losnitza with this 2000 film. Speeding trains slice through the silence of the small train stop. The whistle on the locomotive and the thunder of the wheels disappear into the night, but fail to wake up people at the station. People just continue to sleep. What do they wait for? What will wake them up?
Son of Joseph
Summer in Paris. 15-year-old Vincent refuses to join in with his schoolmates torturing rats or selling sperm on the Internet. He lives with his single mother Marie and finally wants to find out who his father is. His investigations lead him to a famous, obnoxious publisher. Read our review – and our interview with director Eugene Green.
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
Available until end of: 14th January
Available until end of: 15th January
A Man Escaped
Available until end of: 16th January
Three Wishes for Cinderella
Available until end of: 17th January
Available until end of: 18th January
The Big Feast
Available until end of: 19th January
Available until end of: 20th January
A Simple Life
Available until end of: 21st January
The Naked Gun
Available until end of: 22nd January
The Son of Joseph
Available until end of: 23rd January