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.
From a Powell and Pressburger season to a David Lean retrospective, here’s what’s new and coming soon to MUBI:
This week on MUBI
Man on Wire – 11th September
This documentary explores Philippe Petit’s preparations for historically walking across a high wire between New York’s Twin Towers. The feat itself is gripping to watch – but even more mind-blowing is director James Marsh’s ability to show you what happened that day without using a single piece of video footage. Read our review
Oliver Twist – 12th September
MUBI’s David Lean season continues with this timeless take on Charles Dickens’ classic novel.
Ready to Wear – 13th September
Basinger. Tim Robbins. Julia Roberts. Robert Atman turns his satirical gaze on the Paris fashion scene in this 1994 comedy.
I Know Where I’m Going – 15th September
MUBI’s Powell and Pressburger retrospective continues with their 1945 romantic comedy, starring Wendy Hiller as a headstrong young woman who travels to the remote Scottish Hebrides to marry a rich lord.
Obsession – 16th September
With Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s documentary De Palma hitting UK cinemas on 23rd September, MUBI takes us back to one of Brian’s best: Obsession, which follows a New Orleans businessman dealing with the death of his wife and daughter in a botched kidnap rescue attempt, borrowing more than a little from Hitchcock along the way.
Schultze Gets the Blues – 17th September
As MUBI puts it: “After the unanimous positive response to Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann in Cannes, there’s now no longer any doubt that Germans can do comedy.” But before Erdmann came Schultze Gets the Blues. Michael Schorr’s directorial debut follows the eponymous accordion player, who, out of work and retired, finds himself unexpectedly interested in Cajun music.
Johnny Guitar – 18th September
Nicholas Ray’s classic Western, starring Joan Crawford, remains one of the strangest entries in the genre.
The Passionate Friends – 19th September
MUBI’s David Lean retrospective continues with this romantic drama about Mary, who unhappily marries a rich banker – but has a brief encounter with the poor lecturer she rejected years ago, which leaves her torn between the two. Ann Todd and Trevor Howard live up to their description in the title.
Keep the Lights On – 20th September
As Ira Sachs’ new film hits UK cinemas, MUBI takes us back to his early effort. When a film starts in a dimly lit room with a man on the phone to a sex hotline, you know you’re in for a happy 90 minutes. That grubby realism is what defines this frank romance. Made before his heart-warming Love Is Strange, starring Alfred Molina, this tragic drama is painful to witness, but Sachs’ skill lies in capturing the passing of time, and all the emotional baggage it carries with it.
A Matter of Life and Death – 21st September
MUBI’s Powell and Pressburger season peaks with their 1946 masterpiece, which sees Peter, a pilot, connect with June (Kim Hunter), a radio operator, as his plane is going down – only for him to unexpectedly survive and fall in love with her. But a messenger from heaven arrives to correct the existential error and escort him to the afterlife. A legal defence of love versus history is mounted, as the romantic epic hops effortlessly between the vibrant, colourful Earth and a black-and-white heaven. A celestial, swooning delight, this is surely one of the greatest films ever made.
Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian – 22nd September
With Mathieu Amalric’s The Blue Room now in cinemas and about to arrive on MUBI, the streaming service reminds us how good the actor can be in front of the camera with 2013’s Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, which sees Amalric play a gifted analyst who takes on the case of a Native American war veteran suffering mysterious blackouts.
La Question Humaine – 23rd September
MUBI’s Mathieu Amalric build-up continues with this 2008 thriller, which sees the French actor play psychiatrist Simon Kessler, who is hired by a German chemical firm to assess the mental stability of its CEO.
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
Available until end of: 17th September
Team America: World Police
Available until end of: 18th September
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How to Make Money Selling Drugs
Available until end of: 20th September
The Boys from Brazil
Available until end of: 21st September
Seance on a Wet Afternoon
Available until end of: 22nd September
The Last Summer of La Boyita
Available until end of: 23rd September
Guys and Dolls
Available until end of: 24th September
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My Left Foot
Available until end of: 28th September