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.
As well as a mini-retrospective of Kelly Reichardt’s work – the perfect introduction to the director, not least because it includes the global online premiere of her very first film – MUBI also celebrates the return of the annual Locarno International Film Festival with a selection of old festival favourites.
Here’s what’s new and coming soon to MUBI:
This week on MUBI
Das Boot – 30th July
Wolfgang Petersen’s claustrophobic, gripping thriller set on-board a WWII U-boat is a veritable classic.
Roman Holiday – 1st August
A day out on the town with Audrey Hepburn? William Wyler’s romantic comedy, which stars Gregory Peck as a reporter who crosses paths with a runaway princess, is a delightful, charming ride.
Agora – 2nd August
The always-excellent Rachel Weisz stars in this historical drama as Hypatia, Egypt’s 4th-Century mathematician and philosopher, with whom a slave falls in love, as he turns to the rising Christian movement for freedom.
Wendy & Lucy – 3rd August
MUBI begins a Kelly Reichardt retrospective with the gentle tale of Wendy, a drifter who travels with her beloved dog, Lucy, but is separated when she’s arrested for shoplifting. Michelle Williams is quietly brilliant.
Old Joy – 4th August
The Kelly Reichardt season continues with this 2006 drama, which sees two old friends, Kurt and Mark, reunite for a weekend camping trip in the Cascade mountain range east of Portland, Oregon.
River of Grass – 5th August
MUBI brings Kelly Reichardt’s 1994 debut to VOD in a global exclusive. The film stars Lisa Bowman as a Florida housewife Cozy who accidentally shoots a man and heads on the run with a young loser.
Meek’s Cutoff – 6th August
The Reichardt season concludes with the director’s reunion with Michelle Williams for a Western set in 1845, with a wagon team of three families hiring mountain man Stephen Meek (Bruce Greenwood) to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a short cut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert…
Duelle – 7th August
The Queen of the Night (Juliet Berto) battles the Queen of the Sun (Bulle Ogier) over a magical diamond that will allow the winner to remain on earth in Rivette’s 1976 fantasy drama.
The Movement – 8th August
With the Locarno International Film Festival once again celebrating auteurs this August, MUBI begins a look back at some of the festival’s highlights, beginning with El Movimiento (The Movement) from Benjamin Naishtat. During the first half of the 19th century, in a vast and desolated land fallen into anarchy, several armed groups drift along the infinite Pampas demanding support and food from the peasants.
Deux Remi, Deux – 9th August
Two Remis Two
Another from Locarno 2015, Pierre Leon’s adaptation of Dostoevsky’s The Double features Remi, a 30-year-old with not much of a job and even less of a life – until his doppelgänger appears and he starts having to share his life. Which is the real Rémi?
Los Hongos – 10th August
Los Hongos (The Mushrooms) got its first world premiere at Locarno in 2014 and studies the graffiti culture of Colombia through two teens: Ras, a construction worker who is fired from his job, and Calvin, a middle-class white boy who lives with his grandma following his parents’ divorce.
Dead Slow Ahead – 11th August
Director Mauro Herce’s debut is a documentary about the hypnotic crawl of the freighter Fair Lady, a boat adrift, a relentless machine powered by human cogs.
The Talented Mr. Ripley – 12th August
As well as its annual summer festival, Locarno also marks the place where author Patricia Highsmith passed away. Anthony Minghella’s adaptation of her novel, The Talented Mr. Ripley, is sumptuous stuff, with a stellar performance from Jude Law as rich boy Dickie Greenleaf and Matt Damon as the lower-class fraud who envies his life.
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