Summer takes on a surreal, scathingly satirical tone this weekend, as MUBI holds a Luis Buñuel all-weekender with a double-bill of two of the director’s most notable works.
In the meantime, with Un Certain Regard winner The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki still available to stream exclusively on MUBI until 17th June, don’t forget you can read our interview with star Jarkko Lahti here.
What’s new, coming soon and leaving soon on the subscription streaming service? This is your weekly MUBI Digest:
This week on MUBI
Viridiana – 17th June
MUBI’s Luis Buñuel double begins with his Palme d’Or winner masterpiece — an irreverent, controversial scan of Franco’s Spain and Catholic hypocrisy infamously branded blasphemous by the Vatican.
The Exterminating Angel – 18th June
In classic Buñuelian fashion, a perfect storytelling conceit gives way to one of the most comic and pleasurable attacks on the power structures inherent in contemporary high societies, as a dinner party sees the wealthy guests suddenly unable to leave, trapping them in the room for hours and days, exposing the truths beneath their facade.
The Train to Moscow: A Journey to Utopia – 19th June
Sauro Ravaglia, an amateur filmmaker, barber & communist, dreams with his friends of a world of peace, brotherhood, & equality—of the Soviet Union. When they have the chance of attending the World Festival of Socialist Youth, they arm themselves with an 8mm camera to film their journey.
Camille Claudel – 20th June
Bruno Nuytten’s biography of Camille Claudel, sister of writer Paul Claudel, whose enthusiasm impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin.
Being 14 – 21st June
Helene Zimmer’s 2015 drama shows us the lives and turbulent adventures of a bunch of teenagers, as seen through the eyes of three young girls with one last year to go before high school.
Wild Strawberries – 22nd June
MUBI’s Ingmar Bergman retrospective continues with the 1957 drama that catapulted Bergman to international acclaim. Through flashback sequences, fantasies and dreams, a professor goes on a voyage of self-reflection and discovery. In doing so, he muses on the success and failures of his past, while finding peace in his impending death.
Other new releases on MUBI
Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill are on excellent form in this drama about unsuccessful baseball prodigy Billy Beane (Pitt), who becomes the manager of the Oakland A’s – and comes up with a radical way to build a better team using maths. (Read our full review.)
Walter Hill’s cult classic is a vivid re-invention of action cinema and one of the great New York movies. A loose interpretation of the Greek epic Anabasis proves that one movie can be an ecstatic combination of literary influences, brutal action, and aesthetic grace.
From What Is Before
MUBI’s epic Lav Diaz retrospective just keeps on going, with this 2014 drama about a remote town in the Philippines under the Marcos dictatorship in the 1970s
The Boy from Geita
Vic Sarin’s 2014 documentary charts the tale of Adam, a young Tanzanian boy persecuted because of his albinism, who finds a kindred spirit in Peter, a Canadian man with the same condition.
MUBI favourite Mathieu Amalric stars in Antoine Barraud’s 2012 drama (translated title: The Sinkholes), about a professor’s wife, who becomes overwhelmed when she nears a void.
The Seventh Seal
Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess. Much studied, imitated, even parodied, but never outdone, Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece is a stunning allegory of man’s search for meaning.
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki is a portrait of real life Finnish boxer Olli Maki, which won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes 2016. That should give you a hint that this isn’t your usual boxing movie – and not just because it’s in Finnish and black-and-white. Jarkko Lahti is fantastic as the fighter, his face channeling both optimism and failure, while director Juho Kuosman shoots in monochrome 16mm, giving everything the feel of a newsreel. Laugh-out-loud funny and shot through with the romance of defeat, this is truly knock-out stuff. Read our full review.
King of New York
Christopher Walken is on fine form in Abel Ferrara’s 1990s New York film, as a ruthless drug lord, who is released from prison and wants to redeem his past by using his drug profits to build a hospital for underprivileged kids. He challenges his fellow criminals to participate, but when they refuse, he has to do things the hard way…
Robert De Niro stars as Travis Bickle, an unstable Vietnam war veteran working as cabbie in New York, where the sleazy nightlife drives him to try and save a young prostitute (Jodie Foster). Scorsese’s iconic tracking shot highlights the violence of Bickle’s mind, but it’s Bernard Herrmann’s soundtrack that gives the film its power, as a mournful sax sings notes of false romance and redemption – and true alienation.
Oleg and the Rare Arts
MUBI’s latest Special Discovery is Oleg and the Rare Arts, Andrés Duque’s award-winning film that follows the extraordinary Russian pianist and composer Oleg Karavaychuk.
“Gilda, are you decent?” A woman’s face appears from the bottom of the screen, throwing her hair back. “Me? Sure. I’m decent.” It’s one of the most memorable entrances an actress could ask for, and boy, did Rita Hayward know how to use it. When Charles Vidor’s film noir was first released in 1946, the posters rushed to proclaim that there was no other woman like her. And they were right. A classic femme fatale, she smouldered like no one else in what is quite possibly the sexiest film ever made. Read our full review.
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki
Available until end of: 17th June
Available until end of: 18th June
The Taste of Money
Available until end of: 19th June
The Birth of Love
Available until end of: 20th June
Eyes Wide Open
Available until end of: 21st June
Available until end of: 22nd June
After the Battle
Available until end of: 23rd June
Over the Years
Available until end of: 24th June
Time of the Gypsies
Available until end of: 25th June
Sex, Lies and Videotape
Available until end of: 26th June
The Wind of the Night
Available until end of: 27th June