Not getting your art house fix from Netflix? Wish there were more indie films on Amazon Prime? Every week, we round up the new releases on MUBI, a subscription VOD service that hand-picks films from around the world and adds one a day, with each film available to stream or download for a month.
Here are the latest additions and future releases on MUBI in October 2015:
Gilda – Saturday 3rd October
“Gilda, are you decent?” A woman’s face appears from the bottom of the screen, throwing her hair back. “Me? Sure. I’m decent.” It’s one of the most memorable entrances an actress could ask for, and boy, did Rita Hayward know how to use it. When Charles Vidor’s film noir was first released in 1946, the posters rushed to proclaim that there was no other woman like her. And they were right. A classic femme fatale, she smouldered her arse off in what is quite possibly the sexiest film ever made.
Available until: 2nd November
Hard Eight – Sunday 4th October
Before Junun arrives exclusively on MUBI, the sites takes us back to the beginning of Paul Thomas Anderson’s career with his 1996 debut, Hard Eight, which sees a gambler show a stranger how to make a living in Las Vegas.
Available until: 3rd November
The First Day of the Rest of Your Life – Monday 5th October
This award-winning 2008 film chronicles the lives of a French family across 15 years – distilled into five individual days.
Available until: 4th November
Flame & Citron – Tuesday 6th October
Hannibal may be over, but here’s a chance to grab one more Mads Mikkelsen fix. Ole Christian Madsen’s 2008 thriller follows two Danish secret agents who team up to rub out Nazi informants.
Available until: 5th November
Nicola Costantino: The Artefacta – Wednesday 7th October
Natalie Christiani’s 2015 documentary captures the preparation of the titular controversial Argentine artist for the Biennale – a film that also screens at the 2015 London Film Festival this month.
Available until: 6th November
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her – Thursday 8th October
A cup of coffee blossoms, billows and bubbles in close-up in the middle of Jean-Luc Godard’s drama, accompanied by musings on life and existence. It’s an iconic moment in cinema history – and just a small part of this portrayal one day in the life of a married mum in Paris, who spends part of her life working as a prostitute.
Available until: 7th November
Junun – Friday 9th October
Paul Thomas Anderon’s new film premieres exclusively on MUBI around the world, capturing the collaboration between Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur to create the eponymous album. Devoid of all but the most cursory context – there’s a refreshing absence of nonsensical PR soundbites about “shaping the future of music” – PTA simply positions the camera as a privileged eavesdropper on the creation of something beautiful. The result is off-the-cuff, utterly relaxed filmmaking: you’ve never seen a ‘making of’ doc quite like this. Read our full review.
Available until: 8th November
Adaptation – Saturday 10th October
Nic Cage and Nic Cage star as Charlie Kaufman and his imaginary twin brother. Writer’s block, a midlife crisis and a crazy white man who steals flowers combine to make one of the most original films ever written. Bring a spare brain. You’ll need it.
Available until: 9th November
Chinatown – Sunday 11th October
“There’s something black in the green part of your eye.” “Oh, that. It’s a… it’s a flaw in the iris.”
Roman Polanski’s 1974 film is a classic. That’s undeniable. But it feels like a classic from 30 years earlier. That’s incredible. From the moment the Bogart-like Gittes (Jack Nicholson) gets caught up in a conspiracy involving the town’s water supply, the detective flick feels like a remnant of film noir’s heyday brought out into the sun; most of his investigating takes place in the daylight, a bleached world of modern prosperity – and, of course, sumptuous colour.
Polanski’s production design team waste no time in making the most of this updated 1930s palette. Nicholson’s suit gleams white in the desert – a worthy fashion choice for a man who deals in sleaze. As he uncovers the incestuous corruption at the heart of the city – a flaw that’s both born out of society and gives birth to it – the dirt rubs off. By the end of the film, his suit has gone from white to brown, to grey and, thanks to Polanski’s moody lighting, ultimately black. It’s that kind of detail that gives Chinatown such a unique aesthetic, simultaneously of its time and timeless.
Available until: 10th November
The Beauty And The Beast – Thursday 15th October
It’s hard not to think of Disney when you heard the words “Beauty and the Beast”, but years before the Disney animation came Jean Cocteau’s stunning take on the tale. Landmark stuff and a must-see for fantasy fans.
Available until: 14th November
Kinetta – Friday 16th October
Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos follows a group of people in a hotel during the off-season, as a chambermaid, a man obsessed with BMWs, and a photo-store clerk attempt to re-enact struggles between a man and a woman.
Available until: 15th November
Upcoming release dates are subject to change. For more information or to sign up, visit www.MUBI.com.