MUBI is teaming up with Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight to celebrate the very best of world cinema with a year-long showcase of acclaimed directors.
The unprecedented collaboration will see the film festival’s iconic Quinzaine des Réalisateurs – an independent selection of international films, which runs in parallel with the event each May – extended all year round, with titles from festival favourites added to SVOD service each month as part of a long-term season.
Director such as Michael Haneke, Ken Loach, the Dardenne Brothers, Alain Guiraudie, William Friedkin and Francis Ford Coppola will all feature in the season, which will kick off with No, by Pablo Larraín. No was the winner of the Art Cinema award at the Quinzaine in 2012 and was later nominated for an Oscar. While Larraín’s latest work, Neruda, premieres in this year’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight section, No will be released on MUBI on Saturday 14th May to French subscribers, and on Monday 16th May worldwide. In the UK, MUBI’s Directors’ Fortnight season will begin with Jean-Charles Hue’s Eat Your Bones.
One film will then be added to the service every month under the Quinzaine-themed banner. Other titles lined up for this year include Peter Tscherkassky’s The Exquisite Corpus, Bruno Dumont’s La Vie De Jésus (winner of the Camera d’Or in 1997), Jacques Rivette’s 1976 Quinzaine classic Duelle, as well as Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets (which premiered at the Quinzaine in 1974).
The Quinzaine’s Artistic Director, Edouard Waintrop, says of today’s announcement: “Our collaboration with MUBI will encourage a wide-reaching appreciation and exploration of the rich heritage of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, which has been celebrating film in its most exciting forms since 1969. As a truly global service for discerning film lovers, we’re thrilled to be working with MUBI and bringing these unique stories and styles from the Croisette, to audiences worldwide.”
Efe Cakarel, MUBI’s founder and CEO comments: “It is amazing to collaborate with such a prestigious partner like Quinzaine des Réalisateurs here in Cannes. They are an institution that champions the cinema we love and this is a great opportunity to bring audiences closer to the content that most inspires us.”
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Today’s announcement follows the launch of a Cannes-themed season running for the duration of the event. For more information about that, click here.