MUBI celebrates Tony Conrad, Frank Capra and Fassbinder this week, as its ever-eclectic mix paves the way for a typically idiosyncratic Easter offering.
Here’s what’s new, coming soon and leaving soon to the subscription streaming service:
This week on MUBI
Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present – 8th April
MUBI celebrates the late Tony Conrad with this documentary portrait of the multi-disciplinarian genius, whose charisma and talent leap off the screen.
The Two Jakes – 9th April
17 years on from Chinatown, Jack Nicholson and Roman Polanski reunite for this follow-up for detective Jake, who is still mourning the events of the original film, as he gets drawn into a web of conspiracy and deceit.
The Bitter Tea of General Yen – 10th April
MUBI kicks off a new season dedicated to the king of cinema’s Golden Age: Frank Capra. It begins with The Bitter Tea of General Yen, a 1993 interracial love story that stars Hollywood belle Barbara Stanwyck.
Fox and His Friends – 11th April
MUBI’s Fassbinder season continues with the director stepping in front of the camera for 1975’s drama about Franz Biberkopf, a poor gay man who performs in a traveling circus, until he wins half a million in a lottery.
Storm Children, Book One – 12th April
MUBI’s Lav Diaz retrospective reaches 2014 with this documentary about children living on Tacloban Island in the devastating aftermath of Typoon Yolanda – the strongest typhoon ever to hit the storm-battered Philippines.
Lila Says – 13th April
Two inner-city teenagers engage in an obsessive, innocent flirtation fuelled by Lila’s sexually explicit overtures, in Ziad Doueiri’s 2004 romance.
Maesta, the Passion of the Christ – Good Friday
MUBI begins an Easter-themed triple-bill wth Andy Guérif’s 2015 adaptation of the Maestà of Duccio as a tableau vivant: the tale of the Christ’s Passion in 26 successive panels, from the arrival in Jerusalem to the road to Emmaus.
Other new releases on MUBI
Gimme the Loot
When Malcolm and Sofia’s latest graffiti masterpiece is buffed by a rival gang, these two determined Bronx teens must hustle, steal, and scheme to get revenge and become the biggest writers in the City. Adam Leon’s energetic debut from 2012 is a portrait of the high-wire act of balancing friendship with artistic ambition.
Marlon Brando Double: The Chase
Most everyone in town thinks that Sheriff Calder is merely a puppet of rich oil-man Val Rogers. When it is learned that local baddie Bubber Reeves has escaped prison, Rogers’ son is concerned because he is having an affair with Reeves’ wife.
Marlon Brando Double: The Wild One
Johnny and his motorcycle gang roll into Carbonville for a biker competition and raise enough hell to get kicked out of town. They repair to nearby Wrightsville and continue their reign of terror, and the local sheriff is helpless.
MUBI’s Fassbinder season continues with the director’s austere adaptation of Theodor Fontane’s novel from the late 19th century. The result is a period drama following a teenager forced into a loveless marriage with an old count. Living as the aristocrat’s trophy wife, Effi endures her provincial existence unhappily.
The Colors of the Mountain
Manuel, 9, has an old ball with which he plays football every day in the countryside. He dreams of becoming a great goalkeeper. His wishes seem set to come true when Ernest, his father, gives him a new ball. But an unexpected accident sends the ball flying into a minefield.
Hélène Régnier (Stephane Audran) has just left her mentally-ill husband Charles (Jean-Claude Drouot) after he assaulted their son. When Charles’ parents hire family friend Paul Thomas (Jean-Pierre Cassel) to get some dirt on Hélène before the custody battle, he eagerly takes to his new assignment.
Sarah Winchester, Phantom Opera (MUBI Discoveries)
Bertrand Bonello’s short film follows a musician and stage director, played by Reda Kateb, who is standing facing his console, making some sound tests. He is rehearsing in the auditorium of the Opéra de Paris. From there, he is directing prima ballerina Marie-Agnès Gillot for an opera entitled Sarah Winchester, which is inspired by the life of this American woman whose fate was so peculiar.
1,000 Times Good Night
Juliette Binoche plays a war photographer in Erik Poppe’s powerful 2013 film. “As Rebecca’s calm exterior crumbles, the beautiful cinematography captures the fallout of war in a genuinely affecting way. You wish A Thousand Times Good Night managed to sustain that subtlety throughout. The uniformly excellent performances, though, mean that there are real moments of power between the overdone lines.” Read our full review
The youth film goes political in this portrait of a forbidden homosexual relationship between two young women in Tehran.
Carole Lombard and John Barrymore star in Howard Hawks’ 1934 drama about an anguished love story predicated on the struggle of artistic creation and collaboration. Sophisticated, witty cinema.
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
MUBI’s Fassbinder retrospective hits its peak with one of the most director’s famous films – and with good reason. Taking inspiration from Douglas Sirk, this powerful drama follows an almost accidental romance between an ageing German woman and a Moroccan migrant worker more than 20 years her younger – and their bond, which crosses boundaries of race and age, sends shocking ripples through the society around them.
Pat Collins’ 2012 film pays poetic tribute to the power, and sound, of silence, as we join sound recordist Eoghan, who returns to Ireland for the first time in 15 years – a journey that sees him try to capture the natural noise of the landscapes, terrain and backdrop of his home country.
Trust MUBI to celebrate Mother’s Day in their own bold fashion, with Isabelle Huppert starring in Christophe Honore’s 2004 drama. Based on George Bataille’s posthumous, controversial novel, the sun-drenched tale of incest sees a young man introduced by his amoral mother to a world of hedonism and depravity, following his father’s death.
Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno
MUBI teams up with the Fashion on Film Festival to present a newly mastered cut of The Inferno, Clouzot’s legendary unfinished film. Uncovered by film archivist Serge Bromberg, the result is a treasure trove of images from what would have been called L’enfer, starring Romy Schneider – except for the fact that it sadly never got made.
Kitano x 3: Fireworks, Kids Return, Kikujiro
MUBI’s Takeshi Kitano triple-bill highlights the sheer diversity of the director’s career, beginning with a violent, sentimental, poignant drama – not bad for a TV host and comedian – before moving on to a coming-of-age drama soundtracked by Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi and finally, a tribute to The Wizard of Oz and Chaplin’s The Kid.
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
Cleo from 5 to 7
Available until end of: 8th April
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The Merchant of Four Seasons
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Florentina Hubaldo, CTE
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The Remains of the Day
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