MUBI headed 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 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.
Not a fan? MUBI follows its French holiday with a typically diverse week, ranging from John le Carre spy thrills to the experimental documentaries of Sergei Losnitza and the frank sensuality of Catherine Breillat.
Here’s what’s new, coming soon and leaving soon on MUBI:
This week on MUBI
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
A Cold War spy on one final, dangerous mission. Hot on the heels of The Night Manager, the BBC is already planning a new adaptation of classic John le Carre story. Before they can, don’t miss Martin Ritt’s 1965 film, starring Richard Burton plays – one of the best spy movies based on one of the best spy novels.
Capturing the Friedmans – 22nd January
Andrew Jarecki’s Oscar-nominated HBO documentary is a chilling portrait of a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family — until their world is transformed when Arnold and Jesse Friedman are arrested and charged with child abuse.
Film Is a Theorem: Portrait – 23rd January
MUBI continues its weekly season dedicated to the documentaries of Sergei Losnitza with his second film from 2002. An austere work of cinematic distillation, Portrait evokes unexpected depths of emotion through a deceptively simple concept: the contemplation of stillness.
Battle in Heaven – 24th January
If your curiosity was piqued by 2012’s Post Tenebras Lux, delve into Carlos Reygadas’ back catalogue with 2005’s Battle in Heaven, which follows a working-class man and his wife, who kidnap a baby for ransom money, only for things to go tragically wrong…
Romance – 25th January
MUBI celebrates the work of Catherine Breillat, known for its frank approach to sex, with a double-bill, starting with 1999’s Romance. A film famous for show an erect male member, the movie explores physical love with the tale of a woman who submits herself to the sensual and mystical desire for intimacy.
Anatomy of Hell – 26th January
MUBI’s Breillat double-bill continues with this characteristically unflinching study of sexuality, desire and the relationship between men and women from 2004.
California Split – 27th January
How do you follow MASH, McCabe & Mrs. Miller and The Long Goodbye? Robert Altman came up with the answer in 1974 with this comedy about friendship and the thrill of chance, starring Elliott Gould and George Segal as two gambling fiends, one married and one streetwise, in Southern California.
Other new releases on MUBI
MyFFF: Marguerite et Julien
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)
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.
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.
MyFFF: Les Ogres
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.
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
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
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.
“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.
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.
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
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
The Big Easy
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His Girl Friday
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Our Man in Havana
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Mysterious Object at Noon
Available until end of: 31st January