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. This week, MUBI teams up with the London Film Festival to release several new titles fresh from the fest’s line-up – hot on the heels of Nicola Costantino: The Artefacta last week.
Here are the latest additions and future releases on MUBI in October 2015:
Almayer’s Folly – Monday 12th October
Following the tragic passing of Chantal Akerman, MUBI has added her penultimate film, Almayer’s Folly, to its streaming catalogue – a movie currently unavailable anywhere else.
Available until: 11th November
Parabellum – Tuesday 13th October
Parabellum premieres day-and-date on MUBI with the London Film Festival this week. The movie follows a group of Buenos Aires residents training to survive the impending apocalypse.
Available until: 12th November
Lucifer – Wednesday 14th October
Another title from the London Film Festival – the “Dare” strand, to be specific – Gust Van den Berghe’s Lucifer (which sees Lucifer pass through Mexico, where Lupita and her granddaughter live, along with her brother) is worth seeing just for its unique aspect ratio: the film is shot entirely within a circular frame.
Available until: 13th 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 – whose new film, The Lobster is now in cinemas – 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
Rabbit Hole – Saturday 17th October
Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart play a couple whose son is hit by a car. Their lives are torn apart: the dog gets kicked out; the house becomes a shrine to the past; and marital conversation turns to awkward silence. James Cameron Mitchell’s exploration of their loss makes for an intense 91 minutes, but surprising laughs, a distinct lack of scenery chewing and a brief turn from Miles Teller make this a heart-rending study of bereavement. You’ll be moved, but you’ll never feel manipulated.
Available until: 16th November
Lost in Translation – Sunday 18th October
Bill Murray went serious for Sofia Coppola’s 2003 drama about a former movie star, who finds himself crossing paths with a fellow tourist (Scarlett Johansson) in Tokyo. As their unspoken bond develops over a stunning alien landscape, this funny tale of loneliness emerges as something beautifully bittersweet.
Available until: 17th November
Abhijan (The Expedition) – Monday 19th October
Satyajit Ray’s 1962 drama follows a taxi driver who, after having his permit suspended, finds himself ferrying drugs for a local dealer, until he comes across the gangster’s prostitute, who sees his attempts to do good.
Available until: 18th November
Layer Cake – Friday 23rd October
f you were ever in doubt about Daniel Craig playing James Bond, this Brit gangster flick was proof that he was a perfect fit. Matthew Vaughn directs with enough style to set it apart from the usual Guy Ritchie-esque fare – style that would see him go on to make Kick-Ass and Kingsman.
Available until: 22nd November
Upcoming release dates are subject to change. For more information or to sign up, visit www.MUBI.com.