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.
This week, MUBI starts to get ready for the Oscars, with a slew of award nominees and winners…
Harold & Maude – Sunday 14th February
Hal Ashby’s 1971 romantic comedy is as dark as it is sentimental, telling the twisted story of a suicidal young man and the older woman he meets while attending a funeral – a hobby that they both share.
Available until: 14th March
It Happened One Night – Monday 15th February
Frank Capra’s 1934 flick, which sees a spoiled heiress (Claudette Colbert) flee her controlling father, only to wind up stuck with a cynical newspaper reporter (Clark Gable). Their odd couple exchanges were not only laugh-out-loud funny and endearingly sweet, but also went on to define the romantic comedy for the whole of cinema.
Available until: 15th March
Divorce Iranian Style – Tuesday 16th February
This 1998 documentary chronicles the ins and outs of the legal battle facing three Iranian couples, as they embark on the difficult process of getting a divorce in the Islamic Republic. The first of a Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini double-bill.
Available until: 16th March
Runaway – Wednesday 17th February
MUBI’s Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini double-bill concludes with this 2001 documentary, which follows a group of runaway girls in a Tehran shelter for women trying to escape from their abusive, patriarchal families.
Available until: 17th March
The Unity of All Things – 18th February
In collaboration with New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center, Alexander Carver and Daniel Schmidt’s mysterious, intimate sci-fi lands exclusively on MUBI direct from their program.
You Can Count On Me – Friday 19th February
Kenneth Lonergan bagged two Oscar nominations (Screenplay and Actress) with his 2000 debut, which stars Laura Linney as Sammy, a single mother living in a small New York community. She is joined by a supporting cast that includes Mark Ruffalo, Rory Culkin, and Matthew Broderick. It would be 11 years until Lonergan finally released his second movie, Margaret, starring Anna Paquin.
Available until: 19th March
Doubt – Saturday 20th February
John Patrick Shanley’s adaptation of his own play sees a a Catholic school principal question a priest’s relationship with a troubled young student. With powerhouse performances from a cast that includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Meryl Streep, this was nominated for five Oscars.
Life is Beautiful – Sunday 21st February
Roberto Benigni’s modern classic follows a Jewish waiter, his wife and their son when they are sent to a concentration camp. There, the waiter tries to protect his son’s innocence. Winner of Best Actor, Best Music and Best Foreign Language Film in 1999.
The Birth of a Nation – Monday 22nd February
D.W. Griffith’s controversial classic sees two families – abolitionists and Southern landowners – reunite, despite having to fight on different sides of the Civil War. Described by Ellen Scott as “maybe the most racist film ever made”.
Intolerance – Tuesday 23rd February
This 1916 silent epic, made in response to The Birth of a Nation, spans four stories, from the tale of Christ’s death and the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre of 1572 to a contemporary crime tale to the fall of the Babylonian Empire in 539 BC.
A Beautiful Mind – Friday 26th February
Russell Crowe is on award-winning form as troubled mathematician John Nash, who agrees to take on secret work for the government helping to crack codes.
Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
Available until: 21st February
Joy of Learning
Available until: 22nd February
Band of Outsiders
Available until: 23rd February
Available until: 24th February
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Available until: 25th February
Available until: 26th February
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