The Weekly MUBI Digest | 15th September 2018
James R | On 15, Sep 2018
MUIB’s Hitchcock retrospective continues this weekend with The Trouble with Harry, in a week that ramps up the tension – firstly with David Michod’s The Rover and then, at the end of the week, with a Gaspar Noe double-bill, kicking off with the shockingly violent Irreversible. MUBI also continues its new initiative MUBI GO, which offers a free cinema ticket every week to its subscribers. This week, it’s Chloé Zhao’s The Rider at participating cinemas.
What’s new, coming soon and leaving soon on the subscription service? This is your weekly MUBI Digest:
This week on MUBI
The Rover – 14th September
Guy Pearce, Robert Pattison, and Scoot McNairy make up the to-die-for cast in David Michod’s neo-Western, which takes place 10 years after a severe economic collapse, when lawlessness reigns and life is cheap. Eric is a lone drifter, and his car is his only possession. When a gang steals it, Eric comes across the injured Rey, left behind by the car thieves. The pair form an unlikely and uneasy alliance.
Hitchcock Classics: The Trouble with Harry – 15th September
The trouble with Harry is that he’s dead, and everyone seems to have a different idea of what needs to be done with his body. As the sheriff gets involved and local artist Sam offers his help, the community slowly unravels the mystery.
The Last of Us – 16th September
N is coming from the desert to reach North Africa and make an illegal crossing to Europe. He steals a boat, but it soon sinks into the middle of the sea. N then embarks in an imaginary surrealistic odyssey where he makes intense and fleeting encounters, and rediscovers his relationship with nature.
Eros Plus Massacre – 17th September
In the 20s, the anarchist revolutionary Sakae Osugi is financially supported by his wife, journalist Itsuko Masaoka. He spends his time doing nothing but philosophizing about political systems and free love and visiting with his lovers Yasuko and the earlier feminist Noe Ito.
When I Saw You – 18th September
Jordan, 1967: displaced in a refugee camp after the occupation of their West Bank village, an 11-year old boy and his mother enact the emancipating dream that every refugee has imagined countless times. With Wajib in cinemas now, don’t miss the chance to catch up with Annemarie Jacir’s 2012 film.
Kevin Everson: Tonsler Park – 19th September
Election Day, 8 November 2016. In Tonsler Park, Charlottesville, the workers in the polling station hand out voting slips and see rows of voters pass by. Democracy in action. MUBI begins a retrospective of Kevin Everson’s work.
Gaspar Noe: Irreversible – 20th September
Told in reverse chronological order, Gaspar Noe’s graphic, controversial feature explores the nature of revenge through a story about a beautiful woman who is raped in an underpass in Paris.
Other new releases on MUBI
Back-to-School: The Bling Ring
Sofia Coppola turns her camera on the fame-obsessed world of Los Angeles, as a group of teenagers take us on a thrilling and disturbing crime-spree in the Hollywood hills. Based on true events, the group, who were fixated on the glamorous life, tracked their celebrity targets online. Read our full review
Back-to-School: The Wave
This gripping drama calls to mind the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment, one of the most captivating of psychological fallouts, where normal people so quickly embraced the roles of oppressor and oppressed, powerful and powerless. Here, the German setting carries its own dark depths.
The only thing better than a back-to-school movie about skipping school? 1950s Americana by way of queer maverick John Waters! With Johnny Depp in the lead and countless cameos (clever and trashy alike), Cry-Baby is at once a sardonic send-up and loving vision of the most iconic of American decades.
With an electrifying romance at its heart, Thelma plunges deep into its titular character’s soul to unleash long suppressed demons. Exquisitely blending the supernatural with the psychological, Trier has concocted a slow-burning Scandi update of De Palma’s Carrie likely to take your breath away.
Back-to-School: After Lucia
Michel Franco (Chronic) won Un Certain Regard’s top prize with his debut, this unflinching study on bullying, vigorously tackling the vulnerability of wanting to fit in with a Hanekian aura. The violence of high school is rendered here with chilling precision—and brace yourselves for that ending!
Hitchcock Classics: Shadow of a Doubt
Hitchcock’s favourite of his own movies follows Young Charlotte, who is excited that her Uncle Charlie is coming to visit. However, as secrets about him come to the fore, she will soon need to make hard choices that could end up destroying the whole family. Hitchcock’s film noir is an exploration of small-town America, where proud and distinguished facades conceal darker dimensions.
Hitchcock Classics: Rope
After strangling a former classmate in pursuit of the perfect murder, two friends hold a dinner party for their victim’s friends and family in order to raise the stakes. Using a wide range of innovative cinematic techniques, Hitchcock’s “one-take” film is an audacious thriller starring James Stewart.
In Mamoru Oshii’s future world, young people are increasingly becoming addicted to an illegal (and potentially deadly) battle simulation game called Avalon.
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Globally renowned graffiti artist Banksy fiercely guards his anonymity to avoid prosecution. The line between what is real and what might be fake begins to blur when a kooky French shop keeper attempts to film Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner.
Bernard Mandico: The Wild Boys
Five adolescents of good families enamoured with the occult, commit a savage crime. A Dutch Captain takes them in charge for a repressive cruise on a haunted, dilapidated sailboat. Exhausted by the Captain’s methods, the five boys prepare to mutiny.
Bernard Mandico: Boro in the Box
A fantasised portrayal of Polish auteur Walerian Borowczyk: Boro in the Box discovers a cruel and obscene world. He experiences banal yet colorful adventures, caressing erotic birds and organic cameras in a phantasmagorical Alphabet.
Bernard Mandico: Living Still Life
Fièvre, a mysterious woman, collects dead animals in the wild and brings them back to life with animated films. One day, a man comes to see Fièvre—his wife is dead.
byNWR: Spring Night, Summer Night
As byNWR’s Volume II goes live, MUBI continues its run of Nicolas Winding Refn’s restored films. The melancholy story of a half brother and sister in rural southern Ohio whose relationship suddenly turns intimate, sending the already-struggling farm family into a crisis of love, shame and recrimination. Joseph L Anderson’s 1967 drama is cast entirely with regional actors and filmed on location in 35mm B&W.
“The saga of this film’s aborted release and its disappearance from screens for nearly 40 years could fill volumes. This 4K digital reconstruction is the original director’s cut, unlike the reedited version released in drive-in theatres under the unfortunate title Miss Jessica is Pregnant.” —NWR
MUBI joins forces with the non-fiction heroes at Open City to present this raw and powerful Brazilian film debut. Juliana Antunes’ relaxed, revealing drama provides an intimate exploration of the pressures placed on women—and their resilience, alone and communally—in a poor neighbourhood.
Lou Ye: Blind Massage
Concluding MUBI’s journey through the ardently subversive yet humanist cinema of Lou Ye, we arrive at his 2014 film Blind Massage. A deeply respectful look into the experience of living with blindness both communally and in isolation. A cogent, moving, and complicated work on a subject often failed.
Lou Ye: Spring Fever
Luo Haitao has been hired by Wang Ping’s wife to spy on the passionate relationship between her husband and another man, but slowly loses control of the situation. With his beautiful girlfriend, Li Jing, he is drawn in to the affair, overcome by the fever of drunken spring nights.
New Canadian Cinema: Idizwadidiz
Two friends walk and draw circles. It is what it is, idizwadidiz, c’est ce que c’est, seskecé. Nice weather.
New Canadian Cinema: Maison du Bonheur
In 30 carefully constructed segments, Maison du bonheur paints an endearing picture of the everyday life of 77-year-old Juliane Sellam, a long-time resident of Paris. Alone in her Montmartre apartment, Sellam enjoys the little things in life.
Paul Schrader Picks: 8 1/2
A talented director’s new project is unravelling around him, along with his life. His search for inspiration leads him down many a strange and twisted paths. Known as one of the greatest films about film ever made, it turns one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema.
MUBI kicks off a Preston Sturges double-bill with this classic adventure. Hollywood director Joel McCrea, tired of churning out lightweight comedies, decides to make O Brother, Where Art Thou, a serious, socially responsible film about human suffering. After his producers point out that he knows nothing of hardship, he hits the road as a hobo.
The Lady Eve
MUBI’s Preston Sturges double-bill concludes wit this Oscar-nominated 1940s comedy. It’s no accident when wealthy Charles falls for Jean–she is a con artist with her sights set on his fortune. But matters complicate when she starts falling for him. When Charles suspects Jean is a gold digger, he dumps her. Jean, fixated on revenge, devises a plan to re-conquer him.
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