The Weekly MUBI Digest | 29th September 2018
James R | On 29, Sep 2018
Following its Lou Ye retrospective, MUBI continues to court controversial Chinese filmmakers with the exclusive online release of its recent acquisition, the provocative Have A Nice Day. It also closes out its Hitchcock season with an unexpectedly topical finish a classic Hitchcock classic. But if you fancy something newer, MUBI’s new initiative MUBI GO (which offers a free cinema ticket every week to its subscribers) continues with Crystal Moselle’s stunningly natural Skate Kitchen, available 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
10,000km – 29th September
With the London-set Anchor & Hope in cinemas, MUBI brings back Carlos Marqués-Marcet’s debut, which sees a couple try to maintain a long-distance relationship between Los Angeles and Barcelona. Natalia Tena and her co-star David Verdaguer both earned Goya award nominations for Best New Actor.
Hitchcock Classics: Marnie – 30th September
When Mark falls obsessively in love with Marnie, an icy pathological liar and common thief, he blackmails her into marrying him. However, he soon discovers that she has severe psychological issues, and he resolves to help her come to terms with her past trauma. The relevance of this psychosexual masterwork (and its troubled production) in the current climate is uncanny.
Kevin Everson: Quality Control – 4th October
Consisting of a series of 16mm single take shots filmed in the summer of 2010, Quality Control represents the careful labour of workers on the production line of a large-scale dry cleaning operation in Pritchard, Alabama.
Exclusive: Have a Nice Day – 5th October
A hard rain is about to fall on a small town in Southern China. News of a robbery spreads fast, and over the course of one night everyone starts looking for the stolen swag. A whirlwind neo-noir, and a pioneering slice of independent Chinese animation.
Other new releases on MUBI
Gaspar Noe: Enter The Void
MUBI’s Gaspar Noe double-bill concludes with this tale of an American drug dealer living with his sister in Japan. Killed during a drug bust, Oscar’s spirit enters the astral plane. His journey through life after death takes him back to the past and through the present neon club scene of Tokyo after dark. The result is a stunning, scandalous, hallucinatory experience that’s as divisive as it is visceral.
Gaspar Noe: Irreversible
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.
Landscape in the Mist
Young Voula and her 5-year-old brother Alexandros board a train from Athens bound for Germany, in search of their father, whom they have never met. Over the course of this coming-of-age road trip through Greece, director Theo Angelopoulos depicts the failure of contemporary society.
Dawson City: Frozen Time
Using archival footage to tell the story, Dawson City: Frozen Time pieces together the bizarre true history of a collection of some 500 films dating from 1910s-1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory in 1978.
The directorial debut of Brandon Cronenberg, set in a scathingly satirical future where fans buy celebrities’ illnesses to be closer to their idols, feels a lot like something his dad would make. In this case, that’s no bad thing.
Automatic At Sea
On a whim, Eve, a Swedish traveler, accepts an invitation from Peter to vacation on his family’s private island off the coast of New England in Matthew Lessner’s 2016 drama.
The Last of Us
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
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
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
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.
Kevin Everson: The Island of St. Matthews – 27th September
Years ago Kevin Jerome Everson asked his aunt about old family photographs. Her reply — that “we lost them in the flood” – was the catalyst for this film, a poem and paean to the citizens of Westport, Mississippi, the hometown of the filmmaker’s parents.
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
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.
Hitchcock Classics: The Trouble with Harry
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.
Hitchcock Classics: The Man Who Knew Too Much
A rare example of an auteur remaking his own movie, Hitchcock’s Hollywood version of his earlier film is pure 1950s: Technicolor, widescreen, and about marriage: a rocky relationship between Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day. When their son is kidnapped, the couple beautifully unites to get him back in this classic thriller.
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.
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.
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