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 releases its latest exclusive acquisition from the world cinema festival circuit: I, Olga Hepnarova, which is available in cinemas and online.
Here’s what’s new and coming soon to MUBI:
This week on MUBI
I, Olga Hepnarova
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.
54 – 19th November
Mark Christopher’s 1998 anthology retells the story of the famous Studio 54, the hangout for the social elite of 1970s New York. With the film originally released in a cut version, MUBI presents the restored director’s cut, which is argues is “ripe to be rediscovered as a modern queer classic”.
Secrets – 21st November
Frank Borzage’s silent film from 1924, based on 1992 play of the same name, was never released on DVD, making this a rare chance to see the original – which was remade by the director just nine years later.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – 22nd November
David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is proof that American adaptations of Scandi tales can not only be brilliant, but can even be better than the original. Rooney Mara is fantastic as hacker Lisbeth Salander, who finds herself caught up in journalist Mikael Blomkvist’s (Daniel Craig) investigation into an old disappearance in a wealthy Swedish family. Dark, disturbing secrets are revealed, with Fincher keeping a crisp, chilled and classy atmosphere throughout.
Taste of Honey – 23rd November
MUBI’s exploration of the British New Wave through the work of Tony Richardson continues with this 1961 adaptation of the play of the same name by Shelagh Delaney. The kitchen sink drama, which stars Dora Bryan and Robert Stephens, inspired The Beatles’ song Your Mother Should Know.
King of Devil’s Island – 24th November
Stellan Skarsgard is formidable in this bleak drama about the true story of a rebellion in a boys’ home on a Norwegian island in the early 20th century – a string of events that are kick-started by the arrival of new inmate Erling, who is not cowed by the firm discipline of housefather Brathen.
Single White Female – 25th November
Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh star in Barbet Schroeder’s 1992 erotic thriller, which follows Allie, a software designer whose new roommate borrows a few things without asking. Her clothes, her boyfriend… her life.
Other new releases on MUBI
Female Friendships Forever: The Runaways
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.) Read our full review.
Female Friendships Forever: Fried Green Tomatoes
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: 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.
Heremias Book One
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.
Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
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…
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).
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
Looking for Eric
Available until end of: 19th November
The Lady Vanishes
Available until end of: 20th November
Days of Heaven
Available until end of: 21st November
The Little Foxes
Available until end of: 22nd November
Standard Operating Procedure
Available until end of: 23rd November
It’s All So Quiet
Available until end of: 24th November
All Night Long
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