New releases and coming soon to MUBI UK (15th October 2016)
James R | On 15, Oct 2016
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.
Following the UK premiere of Cannes acquisitions The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki and Son of Joseph, MUBI heads to the London Film Festival once more this week with the exclusive online release of two of the festival’s films: Lupe Under the Sun and Further Beyond.
Here’s what’s new and coming soon to MUBI:
This week on MUBI
MUBI’s first of two London Film Festival acquisitions this year is Further Beyond (pictured at the top), an anti-biopic of Ambrosio O’Higgins, First Marquis of Osorno, who left Ireland to become a Spanish colonial administrator, before winding up Captain General of Chile and Viceroy of Peru. Rather than tell it straight, director Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor deconstruct that story, questioning everything through voiceover and using an actor to re-enact the journey.
Lupe Under the Sun
MUBI’s second acquisition (pictured above) is a poetic, neo-realist portrait of a Mexican itinerant worker, Lupe, in California.
Kim Ki-duk directs this 2004 drama about Jae-Young, an amateur prostitute, and her best friend Yeo-Jin, who acts as her manager, fixing dates and making sure the coast is clear.
Catch-22 – 16th October
Mike Nichols classic war satire, adapted from Joseph Heller’s novel, sees a bombardier in World War II desperately trying to escape the insanity of the conflict.
Wuthering Heights – 17th October
MUBI’s William Wyler retrospective continues with his 1939 take on the Emily Bronte novel, starring Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff.
Man at Bath – 18th October
Featuring porn star François Sagat and Chiara Mastroianni, Christophe Honore’s 2010 drama is set between Gennevilliers and NY, where Omar and Emmanuel spare each other nothing to prove to one another they are no longer in love.
Fried Green Tomatoes – 19th October
Jon Avnet’s 1991 drama follows a housewife who is unhappy with her life and befriends an old lady in a nursing home, becoming enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.
Sweet Sixteen – 20th October
With I, Daniel Blake out in cinemas, MUBI holds its own mini-Ken Loach retrospective. First up, Sweet Sixteen. Martin Compton stars in the director’s modern British classic, which follows teenager Liam’s attempts to raise money to buy a home, after his mother gets out of prison.
Looking for Eric – 21st October
Eric the postman is slipping through his own fingers… His chaotic family, his wild stepsons, and the cement mixer in the front garden don’t help, but it is Eric’s own secret that drives him to the brink. Can he face Lily, the woman he once loved? In desperate times, it takes a spliff and a special friend to challenge Eric to turn his life around: Eric Cantona. Ken Loach’s fantasy drama blends kitchen sink realism with unexpectedly upbeat comedy, boasting charming turns from both Steve Evets and Cantona himself.
Other new releases on MUBI
Lav Diaz Retrospective: Evolution of a Filipino Family
After the director’s win of the prestigious Golden Lion award at Venice for The Woman Who Left, MUBI is kicking off a year-long retrospective of Lav Diaz’s work, showing a new film from his filmography each month chronologically. Evolution of a Filipino Family is described by MUBI as his greatest epic, 10 years in the making, exploring Philippine nationhood through one family’s saga.
William Wyler’s 1937 romantic, starring Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton and Mary Astor, sees Sam whisk away his wife on a getaway to Europe to celebrate his Europe – but the pair begin to grow apart.
Farewell My Lovely
Robert Mitchum steps into Humphrey Bogart’s shoes with this 1975 neo-noir, which sees Raymond Chandler’s iconic detective, Philip Marlowe, return to the big screen, alongside Charlotte Rampling, Harry Dean Stanton and a young Sylvester Stallone.
Man of Marble
MUBI pays tribute to the recently departed Polish director Andrzej Wajda with a look back at his 1977 film, which charts the disappearance of a once-celebrated bricklayer, a (fictional) Stalinist hero from the 1950s.
Margot at the Wedding
After the sublime The Squid and the Whale, Noah Baumbach returned with Margot at the Wedding, another intimate insight into dysfunctional family life. It follows Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who is about to marry Malcolm (Jack Black in a rare serious turn). Witnessing their knot tying is her estranged sibling, Margot (Nicole Kidman), separated from her spouse (John Turturro) and mother of one. While recent triumph Frances Ha was winningly warm, sympathy has often been a rare commodity in Noah’s universe and Margot at the Wedding is a textbook example – everyone is detestable. The sniping escalates as the cast play off each other with superb sincerity. If you can stomach the awkwardness, this is a compelling car crash to witness.
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
Available until end of: 15th October
Schultze Gets the Blues
Available until end of: 16th October
Available until end of: 17th October
The Passionate Freinds
Available until end of: 18th October
Keep the Lights On
Available until end of: 19th October
A Matter of Life and Death
Available until end of: 20th October
Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian
Available until end of: 21st October
Available until end of: 22nd October
Available until end of: 23rd October