The MUBI Weekly Digest | 20th July 2019
Staff Reporter | On 21, Jul 2019Reading time: 7 mins
MUBI showcases everyone from Ryan Gosling to Michael Haneke this week, while still finding time to continue its Juliette Binoche celebration – and, if you missed a chance to catch Knife + Heart or Border on the big screen, you can still catch both online.
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This week on MUBI
Half Nelson – 20th July
Ryan Gosling caught the world’s eye with this indie drama, which sees him play an inner-city teacher, who becomes friends with one of his pupils.
Juliette Binoche: Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys – 21st July
Michael Haneke made his debut with this study of violence in the streets of Paris. On a busy Paris boulevard, a youth scornfully tosses a crumpled paper bag into the outstretched hands of a beggar woman. This is the bond which, for an instant, links several very different characters: an actress, a war photographer, a farmer, a music teacher, and an immigrant.
The Wakhan Front – 22nd July
Afghanistan 2014. As the army withdrawal approaches, Captain Bonassieu and his squad are on a surveillance mission in a valley on the border with Pakistan. Despite their determination, control of the remote valley will fall out of their hands. One night, soldiers begin to mysteriously disappear.
Braguino – 23rd July
In the Siberian forest, away from any civilization, a feud is brewing between two opposing families whose houses are separated by a river. In the middle of the river stands an island where the kids of the two families are meeting on their own.
Cold Weather – 24th July
Doug, an aimless former student of forensic science and aficionado of Sherlock Holmes, moves back home to Portland eager to simplify his life. Just when everything seems perfectly quiet, a mystery shakes him from his slumber. But are the signs he’s reading really evidence of foul play?
MUBI Rediscovered: Adoption (1975) – 25th July
Hungarian filmmaker Márta Mészáros won the Golden Bear in 1975 for this drama, becoming the first female filmmaker to win the prestigious prize. The film zeroes in on two women: Kata, older and widowed, and Anna, a downtrodden young women kept in a children’s institution by her unloving parents.
Play Misty for Me – 26th July
A brief fling between a male disc jockey and an obsessed female fan takes a frightening, and perhaps even deadly turn when another woman enters the picture.
Other new releases on MUBI
David Lynch: The Elephant Man
With David Lynch taking over Manchester’s HOME this summer, MUBI presents a double-bill of his work, beginning with his first Hollywood picture: a historical drama that will surprise you with its tender melancholy and humanity—and scare you with its darkness.
David Lynch: Inland Empire
Laura Dern stars in Lynch’s most fragmented, experimental film in this dizzying follow-up to Mulholland, which filters Hollywood through a surreal nightmare.
Juliette Binoche: Mauvais Sang
A hot blooded ‘80s potion of gangster cinema, AIDS fears, and giddy romance, Leos Carax’s second film features a young Juliette Binoche in one of her first major roles—next to Denis Lavant, Michel Piccoli and Julie Delpy. Watch out for David Bowie’s “Modern Love” in a now-iconic scene.
A sexual reverie unfolds over the course of one ethereal night. Characters wander through an erotic maze of love and lust, blurring the lines between wet dream and lucid nightmare as a macabre, erotic stage performance sends a ripple of lustful desires through its audience and performers.
Christian Bale made headlines with his jaw-dropping transformation for this film, shedding over 60 pounds to play an insomniac losing his grip on reality. But don’t let that overshadow the film itself: an acclaimed and nightmarish psychological thriller.
I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK
The director of Oldboy and The Handmaiden turns his hand to romantic comedy with this story of love in a mental hospital – a whimsical, confectionery mix of the light and the dark.
Battle in Heaven
Mexican luminary Carlos Reygadas delivers his sophomore film with this risque drama about a big-city crime that becomes an unforgivable one: Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby. Seeking redemption, Marcos confesses the crime to Ana, his boss’ young daughter. One crime leads to another, and Marcos’ path leads him on a pilgrimage.
MUBI Auteurs: Buy Me A Gun
In a world overcome with violence, where women are prostituted and murdered, a girl wears a Hulk mask and a chain around her ankle to hide her gender and help her dad, a tormented addict, take care of an abandoned baseball field where drug dealers play.
MUBI Release: Border
Tina is a customs agent with a nose for trouble. She can literally smell human emotions, which is a handy talent for sniffing out suspicious border crossers. But when a mysterious male traveller’s odour confounds her, she’s faced with hugely disturbing insights about who she is and what she wants. Read our interview with director Ali Abassi.
Juliette Binoche: The Lovers on the Bridge
Following Mauvais Sang, punk paragon of cool Leos Carax (Holy Motors) reunites Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant for this unconventional, yet romantic amour fou inspired by Jean Vigo’s L’Atalante.
The Man Behind the Microphone
MUBI teams up witith Shubbak, London’s largest festival of Arab culture, to present this documentary about legendary singer Hédi Jouini, known as the ‘Frank Sinatra of Tunisia’.
Pride: O Fantasma
Portuguese auteur emerged with his first feature-length fiction film, a, fragmented story exploring nocturnal escapades set in the dark and surreal streets of Lisbon.
Straub-Huillet: From the Clouds to the Resistance
The first of many rewarding encounters between Cesare Pavese and Straub-Huillet, who adapt the Italian author’s tales of the meeting between gods and men—set in nature.
MUBI Undiscovered: Jamilia
This documentary uses a literary classic as a cultural passkey to allow women to talk about their feelings, frustrations, and hopes of love in Kyrgyzstan.
MUBI Release: Knife + Heart
Vanessa Paradis stars as a gay porn producer in Yann Gonzalez’s titillating, neon-soaked giallo pastiche. With a retro-electro score by M83, and shot on 35mm & 16mm, it’s a provocative, kitsch throwback to vintage slasher films.
Greece’s Oscar-nominated and Cannes-winning Dogtooth grabbed everyone’s attention and made us hunger for more. That film’s producer, Athina Rachel Tsangari, has made a film that lives up to our feverish hopes for something just as unclassifiably weird, funny, and provocative.
MUBI’s Straub-Huillet retrospective leaps into the 20th century to meet Franco Fortini and, through his writing, encounter Italian fascism, resistance, and the thread of violence extending beyond World War II. Along with his words, the verdant landscape is revealed as a site of struggle and death.
MUBI Debuts: Sarah Plays a Werewolf
Digging deeper into “teen angst” than most coming-of-age stories, Katharina Wyss’ debut weaves the horror of adolescence into the fabric of her film. Psychological tension and liberating performance blend in a claustrophobic yet engrossing look at the complexities of letting go in order to grow up.
Peter Strickland: The Duke of Burgundy
The Duke of Burgundy’s melancholic masochism makes for seductively good cinema.
Claire Denis: Bastards
After White Material, Claire Denis turned her sensuous storytelling to the black heart of contemporary film noir. We close our focus on the French master with this fascinating, sinister thriller starring Vincent Lindon and Chiara Mastroianni, and featuring an indelible score by Tindersticks.
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A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery
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The Fish Child
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Elvis: Strung Out
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Berberian Sound Studio
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