This week, MUBI prepares for its latest exclusive: the release of Damien Manivel’s The Park in cinemas and online on Friday (stay tuned for our review). Before then, though, there’s a week stuffed with treats, from its continuing seasons dedicated to Sergei Losnitza and Lav Diaz to a double-bill of Giallo (and meta-Giallo) horror. And, of course, there are still the wide range of films fresh from My French Film Festival (you can read our review of the festival’s shorts, available for free on its official site here).
Here’s what’s new, coming soon and leaving soon on MUBI:
This week on MUBI
The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears – 4th February
MUBI begins a Giallo weekender dedicated to the yellow-backed pulp thrillers of Italy, which inspired a horror genre in the 1960s and 70s. Belgian duo Hélène Cattet and Burno Foranzi pay homage to the genre with a reboot for modern times, as their 2013 horror sees a woman vanish. Her husband begins to investigate the strange circumstances of her disappearance. Did she leave him, or is she dead?
Deep Red – 5th February
MUBI’s Giallo / Meta-Giallo double concludes with – who else? – Dario Agento. His 1975 horror follows an English pianist living in Rome, who witnesses the brutal murder of his neighbour, a psychic. With the help of a tenacious young reporter, he tries to discover the killer using unconventional methods, and the two are soon drawn into a shocking web of dementia, savagery and violence.
Film Is a Theorem: Letter – 6th February
MUBI continues its season dedicated to the documentaries of Sergei Losnitza with this portrat of a remote village in the Northwest of Russia, seeemingly untouched by civilisation.
Thumbsucker – 7th February
Justin Cobb is trying to find a way to break the habit he has retained since infancy: thumbsucking. He’s 16 years old. Mike Mills’ quirky indie comedy-drama stars Lou Taylor Pucci, Vincent D’Onofrio and Benjamin Bratt.
It’s About Time: Investigation of the Night That Won’t Forget – 8th February
MUBI’s year-long Lav Diaz retrospective continues with this 2012 drama about Erwin Romulo, the best friend of late film critic Alexis Tioseco, who recalls the events after the critic and his girlfriend’s murder during a burglary in their home in Quezon City – an uninterrupted narration that takes place in a single take.
The Wounded Angel – 9th February
Four moral tales, four destinies of teenagers, who will burn their wings to find a place and survive in a poor village of Kazakhstan.
The Park (Le Parc) – 10th February
Summer time. A teenage boy and girl have their first date in a park. Hesitant and shy at first, they soon discover each other, get closer as they wander, and end up falling in love. But as the sun goes down, it is time to part… And a dark night begins. MUBI’s exclusive acquisition will be released in cinemas as well as on MUBI.
Other new releases on MUBI
Picnic at Hanging Rock
When it comes to dramas about disappearing people, Peter Weir’s 1975 is an unrivalled classic. Eerie and understated in equal measure, the film follows a party of girls from a strict boarding school, who go on an outing to nearby landmark Hanging Rock on a St. Valentine’s Day – only for part of the group vanish without explanation.
Rachel Getting Married
A young woman with a history of drug problems is given temporary release from her rehabilitation facility to attend her sister’s wedding in Jonathan Demme’s cracking 2008 drama, as her arrival causes heated family tensions to bubble to the surface.
Film Is a Theorem: Factory
MUBI continues its season dedicated to the documentaries of Sergei Losnitza with his 2004 short that depicts one day in an operating factory. It consists of two parts: Steel and Plaster.
Bunny Lake is Missing
MUBI begins a Lady Vanishes Double Bill with Otto Preminger’s 1965 thriller about a woman, who reports that her young daughter is missing, even though there’sno evidence that she ever existed.
Harold Ramis’ comedy about a weatherman who finds himself reliving the same day over and over again is funny, sweet, profound and features a superb central turn from Bill Murray. A verifiable classic that gets better every time you watch it. (Read our full review)
Film is A Theorem: Blockade
Hot on the heels of Factory comes MUBI’s next Sergei Losnitza documentary, Blockade, a movie that comprises solely of material Loznitsa found in the Moscow archives about the siege of Leningrad during World War II.
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
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.
Battle in Heaven
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…
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.
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
Available until end of: 4th February
I Killed My Mother
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The Train Stop
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Elegy to the Visitor from the Revolution
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Marguerite & Julien
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Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)
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