Not getting your arthouse 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. (Current titles include Broken Flowers and Station to Station.)
Here are the latest additions and future releases on MUBI:
Charade – Sunday 5th July
Stanley Donen’s classic follows a young American in Paris – played, of course, by Audrey Hepburn – who is being pursued by men after the fortune stolen by her dead husband. Enter Cary Grant as a mysterious stranger and the rest, as they say, is history.
Available until: 4th August
Of Horses and Men – Monday 6th July
If you thought Equus was the pinnacle of art exploring man’s relationship with horse, try Benedikt Erlingsson’s 2004 cult film. The actor-turned-director presents a mosaic of several lives and romances between equine owners and their hoofed sidekicks alike – including one infamous scene that sees colt mount mare, while a rider is already mounted.
Available until: 5th August
Fruit of Paradise – Tuesday 7th July
A couple at a spa taste forbidden fruit, a decision that leaves the wife searching for a killer. This surreal take on the Adam and Eve story incorporates drugs, music, creativity – par for the course for Věra Chytilová, who didn’t get on very well with the Soviet Union…
La Jetee – Wednesday 8th July
This seminal 1962 sci-fi, which consists entirely of still images and a voice over, kicks off a retrospective of Chris Marker’s work on MUBI.
Available until: 7th August
The Inner Life of Martin Frost – Thursday 9th July
Writers seem to love nothing more than films about writing. Novelist Paul Auster is no exception, as he directs this story about a successful author (David Thewlis), who retreats to a remote cottage, only to find himself accompanied by a strange woman.
Available until: 8th August
Morvern Callar – Friday 10th July
Lynne Ramsay continues to impress with her road movie from 2002, which sees a Scottish supermarket worker (Samantha Morton) make the most of her boyfriend’s inheritance after his suicide.
Available until: 9th August
A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop – Saturday 11th July
How do you remake a film by the Coen brothers? By taken it to China, where Zhang Yimou goes to town on the stripped-back noir plot, adding in flourishes of colour, flashes of loud humour and beautiful moments of violent. Also, noodles. Does it work? Not always, but this makes for a fascinating double-bill with the original.
Available until: 10th August
Conversations with My Gardner – Sunday 12th July
Jean Becker’s 2007 drama sees an artist, tired of life in Paris, head back to his childhood home in the country. Daniel Auteuil is as magnifique as you would expect.
Available until: 11th August
Too Much Johnson – Monday 13th July
Thought Citizen Kane was Orson Welles’ directorial debut? Think again. This recently restored 1938 film marks the start of the legendary film-maker’s helming career.
Available until: 12th August
Sans Soleil – Wednesday 15th July
Chris Marker’s 1983 French film whisks us around the world, while his journey is narrated by a woman, who reads out letters that may or may not be real. What is essentially a travelogue explores memory as much as it does location.
Available until: 14th August
Nathalie – Friday 17th July
Anne Fontaine’s 2003 drama follows a Parisian prostitute, who adopts the name Nathalie to investigate a middle-class wife’s suspicions that her husband is being unfaithful. The steamy result, starring Gerard Depardieu and Emmanuelle Beart, was remade by Atom Egoyan as Chloe, starring Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried.
Available until: 16th August
Tokyo Tribe – Saturday 18th July
What do you get if you mix Yakuza and hip-hop? Sion Sono’s Tokyo Tribe, a story set in the gang-ruled streets of the Japanese city, where crossing territorial lines is always a bad idea. Based on a manga series and told almost entirely in verse. The world’s first battle rap musical? It’s certainly something.
Available until: 17th August
Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy – TBC
We’ve had based on true stories and based on news stories, but how about based on someone’s Twitter feed? That’s the inspiration for this coming-of-age film about a high school pupil producing her yearbook. Don’t worry: there are far fewer than 140 characters.
Available until: TBC
Last Chance to Stream: Titles Leaving MUBI Soon
I Clowns – 14th July
Chop Shop – 15th July
La Signora di Tutti – 16th July
36 – 17th July
Life of Riley – 18th July
The Baader Meinhof Complex – 19th July
Broken Flowers – 20th July
The Idiot – 22nd July
Ballast – 23rd July
Blue beard – 24th July
Station to Station – 25th July
Chromophobia – 26th July
Mammoth – 27th July
Upcoming release dates are subject to change. For more information or to sign up, visit www.MUBI.com.