New releases and coming soon to MUBI UK (25th March 2017)
Staff Reporter | On 25, Mar 2017
A newly mastered cut of Clouzot’s Inferno. A racy celebration of Mother’s Day. A trio of Takeshi Kitano classics. It’s just another week in the life of the ever-diverse, always-surprising MUBI.
Here’s what’s new, coming soon and leaving soon to the subscription streaming service:
This week on MUBI
Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno – 25th March
MUBI teams up with the Fashion on Film Festival to present a newly mastered cut of The Inferno, Clouzot’s legendary unfinished film. Uncovered by film archivist Serge Bromberg, the result is a treasure trove of images from what would have been called L’enfer, starring Romy Schneider – except for the fact that it sadly never got made.
Ma Mere – 26th March
Trust MUBI to celebrate Mother’s Day in their own bold fashion, with Isabelle Huppert starring in Christophe Honore’s 2004 drama. Based on George Bataille’s posthumous, controversial novel, the sun-drenched tale of incest sees a young man introduced by his amoral mother to a world of hedonism and depravity, following his father’s death.
Silence – 27th March
Pat Collins’ 2012 film pays poetic tribute to the power, and sound, of silence, as we join sound recordist Eoghan, who returns to Ireland for the first time in 15 years – a journey that sees him try to capture the natural noise of the landscapes, terrain and backdrop of his home country.
Ali: Fear Eats the soul – 28th March
MUBI’s Fassbinder retrospective hits its peak with one of the most director’s famous films – and with good reason. Taking inspiration from Douglas Sirk, this powerful drama follows an almost accidental romance between an ageing German woman and a Moroccan migrant worker more than 20 years her younger – and their bond, which crosses boundaries of race and age, sends shocking ripples through the society around them.
Other new releases on MUBI
Kitano x 3: Fireworks
MUBI’s Takeshi Kitano triple-bill highlights the sheer diversity of the director’s career, beginning with this violent, sentimental, poignant drama – not bad for a TV host and comedian.
Kitano x 3: Kids Return
Kitano shows his emotional side with this coming-of-age drama about two young male friends who enter the world of underground boxing. Music by Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi is the icing on the cake.
Kitano x 3: Kikujiro
Japan’s one and only Takeshi Kitano tips his hat to The Wizard of Oz and Chaplin’s The Kid with this movie, bloody piece of cinema, which fuses childhood naivety with yakuza action.
The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
MUBI’s Fassbinder season continues with an all-female melodrama – a fiery, fervent love-and-hate story for the ages.
How can a migrant tell his or her story? Documentarian Avi Mograbi teams up with theatre director Chen Alon to work with detainees in Israel to document their treatment and to dramatise their experiences.
Before Ghostbusters came Stripes, Ivan Reitman’s slacker comedy about the military. Bill Murray stars as John Winger, a cab driver who finds his life going off the rails – and so he joins the army. Murray is joined by Harold Ramis, John Candy and Peckinpah alumni Warren Oates.
The Remains of the Day
Merchant and Ivory’s formidable producer-director duo are longstanding masters of the English language period film adaptation. Among their greatest efforts, is this subdued rumination on the intimate tragedy of choosing duty over romance, and an impressive exercise in restraint by Anthony Hopkins.
One of the Golden Age of Hollywood’s greatest triumphs, this screwball classic boasts the mad chemistry of Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn led by arguably the greatest director of actors ever, George Cukor. Funny and sublimely human behind Hollywood’s artifice, it’s an unsurpassable pleasure.
The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
MUBI continues its Fassbinder season with this 1972 drama about the eponymous successful fashion designer. She’s in a fairly satisfactory S&M relationship with her assistant Marlene, but when the arrogant Petra develops an obsession with fashion model Karin, things become far more complicated in this tale of intermingled love and hate.
MUBI takes the Human Rights Watch Film Festival beyond London with Child Mother, part of this year’s line-up. Yael Kipper and Ronen Zaretzky’s 2016 film investigates the tragedy of child marriage, uncovering the generational trauma behind it.
As The Love Witch arrives in UK cinemas, MUBI takes us back to Anna Biller’s 2007 film, which sees a suburban housewife in 1972, abandoned by her husband, go out to find herself in the middle of the swinging Playboy-era sexual revolution. Looking for love and adventure, she explores nudist colonies, orgies, prostitution, bisexuality, and bohemia.
A quiet, moving film, For Ellen follows Joby’s (Paul Dano) attempt to connect with his daughter, Ellen (Shaylena Mandigo), before he loses her completely. So Yong Kim keeps things moving at a slow pace, giving her enough time to draw out a intensely delicate performance from Dano. Read our review.
Céline Sciamma’s 2011 drama follows Laure, who’s 10 years old and a tomboy. On her arrival in a new neighborhood, she lets Lisa and her crowd believe that she is a boy. Truth or dare?
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Ang Lee’s 2000 martial arts flick (about a thief stealing a treasured sword) is more tender character piece than breathtaking action, something that makes his introduction to the wuxia genre for western audiences all the more dazzling. An epic of whispered poetry, its wirework and nighttime sequences are unlike anything many had seen before, always using its stunts to further its characters, with each blow from veteran warriors Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) and Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) a gesture of unspoken emotion.
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
Sense and Sensibility
Available until end of: 25th March
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Available until end of: 26th March
As Good As it Gets
Available until end of: 27th March
Branded to Kill
Available until end of: 28th March
The Man Who Would Be King
Available until end of: 29th March
Angele & Tony
Available until end of: 30th March
Play It Again, Sam
Available until end of: 31st March
Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait
Available until end of: 1st April
Available until end of: 2nd April
Available until end of: 3rd April