The Weekly MUBI Digest | 25th May 2019
James R | On 25, May 2019
MUBI concludes its Cannes takeover in imperious form with Michael Haneke, before continuing to celebrate the career Josephine Decker, the director of Madeline’s Madeline. You can still stream that online, after its cinema release this month, and for those looking for another big screen experience, you can use MUBI Go (which offers a free cinema ticket every week to its subscribers), to see Too Late to Die Young at participating theatres.
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This week on MUBI
Cannes: The White Ribbon – 25th May
Tracing the genesis of a fascist ideology as it develops and swiftly proliferates in a small community, Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner is a prescient parable in stark black-and-white cinematography.
Josephine Decker: Butter on the Latch – 26th May
At a balkan folk festival deep in a California forest, Sarah reunites with her old friend Isolde for a trip of stories and sensations, as they embrace the lush natural surroundings. But when Sarah meets and decides to seduce a handsome male camper, reality and myth become hopelessly entangled.
Straub + Huillet: Eyes Do Not Want to Close at All Times – 27th May
A faithful adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s classic tragedy Othon, set amid ruins in modern-day Rome. With the play, the film examines the process by which events enter our cultural mainstream, and the process by which their use as part of a communications system is transformed into Culture.
MUBI Luminaries: The Lion Sleeps Tonight – 28th May
In honour of Jean-Pierre Léaud’s 75th birthday, MUBI presents Nobuhiro Suwa’s The Lion Sleeps Tonight, an intimate tale about an actor forced to confront his past is an elegant meditation on life, love, mortality, and an inspiration for a new generation.
Josephine Decker: Thou Wast Mild and Lovely – 29th May
MUBI’s Josephine Decker retrospective concludes with her second feature, partly funded on Kickstarter, which follows Akin, who takes a summer job on Jeremiah’s farm and develops an attraction to Jeremiah’s daughter, Sarah. The budding relationship unveils Jeremiah’s jealousy. But Akin has secrets too, and as they begin to surface, his attempts to cover them up lead to a twisty, mesmerizing finale.
While We’re Young – 31st May
An entertainingly awkward tale of growing pains, this mature comedy of manners sees Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play a couple whose marriage has descended into stale routine – until they meet Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried), a hipster couple with energy to spare. The result is an astute study of the gulf that can open up between generations.
Other new releases on MUBI
Cannes: Only God Forgives
Ryan Goslin and Nicolas Winding Refn teamed up again after Drive to make Only God Forgives. If the former lightly tip-toed around the discotheque of darkness, then this is an all-out Danse Macabre. A gnarly and lubricious film that lambadas its way through an assortment of big themes like honour, masculinity and Oedipal rage. With karaoke.
Cannes: Norte, The End of History
Transplanting Dostoyevsky’s epic “Crime and Punishment” to the director’s native Philippines, Norte may be the most accessible offering from director Lav Diaz, even shooting the whole picture in colour.
Cannes: The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
A key film from the Romanian New Wave, this pitch-black and Kafkaesque contemporary comedy reveals the myriad nuances involved in the quest for human care.
Cannes: We Need to Talk About Kevin
Nine agonizing years after Morvern Callar, Lynne Ramsay returned to Cannes with another literary adaptation. Radically reimagining the nature-or-nurture novel, Ramsay—and star Tilda Swinton—transform the text into a chilling film rightfully venerated for its unforgettable visual language.
Cannes: Wild Tale
Damián Szifron’s wicked anthology of Argentine comedy shorts is dark, violent and hilarious.
Entering genre territory and remarkably pushing its boundaries, this desert odyssey from Oliver Laxe is a spiritual western and a daring invitation to jump into the unknown.
Cannes: Amores Perros
Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo Arriaga’s thriller, which sees three characters connected in Mexico City by one fateful car crash, is brutal, powerful, visceral filmmaking.
Cannes: Force Majeure
MUBI’s Cannes takeover kicks off with Ruben Ostlund’s superbly spiky comedy. It follows a Swedish family who travel to enjoy a few days of skiing. The slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. Tomas and Ebba’s marriage now hangs in the balance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch.
Cannes: The Angels’ Share
MUBI’s Cannes series continues with Ken Loach’s Jury Prize winner from 2012. Robbie is a Glasgow boy locked in a family feud who just wants a way out. On community service he meets Rhino, Albert and Mo. Little did Robbie imagine that turning to drink might change their lives, leading them to the distilleries of the Scottish Highlands and the biggest gamble of his life.
Cannes: Paranoid Park
Following Elephant and Last Days, Gus Van Sant returned to Cannes with this dreamlike tale of guilt and loneliness in suburbia. Shot by Christopher Doyle, the legendary DP best known for his work with Wong Kar-wai, Paranoid Park is a rare, haunting immersion into youth and its deluge of emotions.
Josephine Decker: Madeline’s Madeline
Madeline has become an active member of an experimental theatre troupe. When its ambitious director pushes Madeline to weave her rich interior world and her troubled relationship with her mother into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur.
Josephine Decker: Art History
Josephine Decker stars in Joe Swanberg’s filmic act of self-reflection. Sam likes Juliette, the lead actress in his sexually explicit film, but he must remain professional while directing her. When Juliette and her co-star Eric develop feelings for each other that they explore off-camera, Sam feels jealous, and his inner struggles threaten to derail the project.
A Most Violent Year
Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain are on superb form in JC Chandor’s gripping Shakespearean crime drama about a New York gangster trying to stick to his own moral compass.
Out of Sight
Not only one of Hollywood’s best crime films, Out of Sight is also one of its steamiest romances, courtesy of the flushed chemistry between a dashing George Clooney and a career-best Jennifer Lopez. Sexy, witty, and clever, this Elmore Leonard adaptation stands out as one of the 90”s best.
Shireen Seno, who started as a photographer for Lav Diaz, confirms an eye for intimacy with her award-winning sophomore film. Nervous Translation enters the mind of a child to paint a portrait of the Philippines in the 80s that delicately captures the weight of history and the power of imagination.
Straub + Huillet: Not Reconciled, or Only Violence Helps Where Violence Rules
50 years of German history in nearly 50 minutes, such is Straub-Huillet’s audacity. For such a scope, the duo reject conventional storytelling in favor of a more confrontative, daring cinema. Time and people are fragmented across eras in order to discover the past within the present—and vice versa.
MUBI Shorts: Flores
The entire population of Azores is evicted due to an uncontrolled plague of hydrangeas, a common flower in these islands. Two young soldiers, bound to the beauty of the landscape, stay on the islands to guide us through the stories of those forced to leave and the inherent desire to resist.
MUBI Debuts: Closeness
1998, Nalchik, Russia. A crisis arises in a Jewish family when son David and his fiancée are kidnapped. Rebellious daughter Ilana is trying to fight her way out of the traditional family structure. While her parents cling to the Jewish community for help, she turns to her Kabardian boyfriend.
MUBI Rediscovered: Funeral Parade of Roses
MUBI’s new strand devoted to new restorations begins with iconoclastic Japanese director Toshio Matsumoto’s bold, transgressive and influential first feature. A rare and revelatory immersion into Japan’s 1960s queer and drag culture.
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
The Double Life of Veronique
Available until end of: 25th May
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Cold in July
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The Wild Frontier
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Me the Terrible
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Olga’s House of Shame
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Of Horses and Men
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The Childhood of a Leader
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