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  • RED MOON TIDE

    Lois Patiño Spain, 2020

    A MUBI Release

    Prominent member of a groundbreaking generation of Galician directors, Lois Patiño takes a phantasmagoric ride through his homeland’s mythical dimension, plunging into the elegiac power of the sea. Witches, spectres, and ghosts are all eerily conjured in this sublime fable of supernatural inquiry.

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  • 12 DAYS

    Raymond Depardon France, 2017

    THE UNUSUAL SUBJECTS

    This attentive documentary from former Magnum photographer Raymond Depardon is a compassionate look at mental healthcare in France. Combining interstitials scored by Alexandre Desplat with conversations between doctor and patient, the film affords space for its subjects to confront their troubles.

  • TIDELAND

    Terry Gilliam Canada, 2005

    Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys) has always been a mad-hatter, but he went further down the rabbit hole then ever with this polarizing, intensely dark fantasy, which caused an uproar at San Sebastian but won the Critics’ Prize for “daring to to propose a radical image, without concession.”

  • CHAVELA

    Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi United States, 2017

    PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST

    An intimate interview with the legendary ranchera singer forms the backbone of this evocative documentary. Pedro Almodóvar leads the talking heads, illuminating us on her gender-defying prime, while Vargas herself fills out the juicy details of her various conquests—from Ava Gardner to Frida Kahlo.

  • OLIVIA

    Jacqueline Audry France, 1951

    Dreamy laces, soft lighting, and longing glances induce an erotic headiness that renders this landmark lesbian love story a transgressive masterpiece. The tender gaze of the criminally overlooked Jacqueline Audry imbues every frame with the potency of female desires and the pangs of first love.

  • VALLEY OF SOULS

    Nicolás Rincón Gille Colombia, 2019

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    Drawing on testimonies gathered from his previous documentaries, Nicolás Rincón Gille’s first fiction film sets out to convey the violence of Colombia’s paramilitary war with emotion and atmosphere. Using riveting widescreen cinematography, this immersive odyssey reveals the magical power of belief.

  • THE RETURN

    Malene Choi Denmark, 2018

    A subtle, glitchy approach to form questions the perceived realities of documentary and fiction filmmaking in this dislocating work from Marlene Choi. Seong In-ja is mesmerizing in her heartbreaking climactic scene, playing a mother whose restless downward gaze belies a lifetime of hope and shame.

  • CUATRO PAREDES

    Matthew Porterfield Mexico, 2021

    A MUBI Release
    BRIEF ENCOUNTERS

    World premiere! American independent filmmaker Matt Porterfield (Sollers Point) leaves his native Baltimore for a luminous Mexican sojourn featuring the rising star Barbara López. Get lost in this alluring chamber piece where words gracefully come to life and fill the edges of the screen.

  • THE CRAZIES

    George A. Romero United States, 1973

    SEVENTIES TERROR:
    ARGENTO & ROMERO

    Nestled between the career-defining totems of Night… and Dawn of the Dead, this brutal authoritarian satire from George A. Romero packs a prescient punch. Charting the progress of a weaponized virus and its ferocious suppression, The Crazies speaks to contemporary fears with terrifying resonance.

  • THE CAT O' NINE TAILS

    Dario Argento Italy, 1971

    The eyes have it in Dario Argento’s sophomore feature, a giallo meditation on the act of seeing. We may be some years away from the expressionistic fugues of his best-known films, but Argento’s love for his stalking camera and the destabilizing effects of production design are already in full bloom.

  • STARLET

    Sean Baker United States, 2012

    Before shooting Tangerine on an iPhone 5, writer-director Sean Baker made this heartfelt mismatched-friends drama. Featuring an impressive, tender performance from actor Dree Hemingway (the great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway!), Starlet is a dazzling ode to cross-generational companionship.

  • SUBURBAN BIRDS

    Qiu Sheng China, 2018

    Reminiscent of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s quiet mysteries, Qiu Sheng’s Suburban Birds is a stylish and beguiling debut. Combining two story strands to ground China’s rapid urbanization in human experience, the film is a visual and atmospheric feast that marks the arrival of a major new talent.

  • CHINESE PORTRAIT

    Wang Xiaoshuai China, 2018

    Part of the Chinese cinema’s Sixth Generation alongside Jia Zhangke, Wang Xiaoshuai is known for his portrayals of the nation’s rapid change. His first documentary, shot over the course of ten years, is similiarly urgent, masterfully painting China’s diverse ways of life through striking vignettes.

  • THE IRON MINISTRY

    J.P. Sniadecki China, 2014

    J.P. Sniadecki’s absorbing documentary appears to consist of one train trip, but the director spent three years shooting throughout China’s railway system. The result is a richly textured work of ethnographic filmmaking that offers expansive implications about class and the nation’s economic boom.

  • THOSE THAT, AT A DISTANCE, RESEMBLE ANOTHER

    Jessica Sarah Rinland United Kingdom, 2019

    HANDS-ON: TWO FILMS BY
    JESSICA SARAH RINLAND

    An opening quote from Kiarostami’s Certified Copy establishes the conceptual agenda for this tactile study in conservation and replication. Jessica Sarah Rinland employs intoxicating formal schemes for her most ambitious project to date: an evocatively reflexive ode to hands-on artistic practice.

  • BLACK POND

    Jessica Sarah Rinland United Kingdom, 2018

    The explicit reference to Kevin Brownlow’s Winstanley essays the collective spirit at work in this mid-length feature from Jessica Sarah Rinland. Bugs, bats, and all manner of fungal matter find themselves under Rinland’s handmade microscope for a film rich in organic texture and lyrical design.

  • MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT

    Jeff Dupre, Matthew Akers United States, 2012

    Taking us through New York City’s Museum of Modern Art and behind the scenes of Marina Abramovic’s 736-hour performance piece, this insightful documentary profile is a great glimpse at the artist’s steadfast commitment to her work. Featuring some familiar faces—from James Franco to Josephine Decker!

  • MALMKROG

    Cristi Puiu Romania, 2020

    A MUBI Release
    LUMINARIES

    Grand themes and heated discussions are served at a 19th century Christmas Eve dinner party in this major, Berlinale-winning work from Cristi Puiu. Formally elegant yet wryly punctuated, Malmkrog tightens its dialectical screws with one eye on the present, the other on droll, Buñuelian ironies.

  • THE SALT OF TEARS

    Philippe Garrel France, 2020

    Exclusive
    MUBI SPOTLIGHT

    Philippe Garrel’s exquisite new film—about a rake’s wayward desires and inability to truly respect the women in his life—is a gem of a moral tale from the post-New Wave legend. Premiering in the Berlinale’s competition, it is co-written by the late Jean-Claude Carrière and shot on luminous 35mm.

  • PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE

    Edward D. Wood Jr. United States, 1959

    Wonky sets. A wonky script. Toy flying saucers on visible strings. It’s both midday and midnight in most scenes. Dracula and Vampira are here—but the film forgets they are vampires. And sometimes Dracula is really a chiropractor in disguise. If this is Plan 9, Plans 1 to 8 must have been terrible.

  • CINEMA NOVO

    Eryk Rocha Brazil, 2016

    FILMS ABOUT FILMS

    Impressionistic collage meets contextual interview in this eye-opening introduction to one of the great movements in Latin American cinema. Incredible clips abound, testifying to a utopian creative crusade that took to the streets of Brazil with camera in hand and revolutionary zeal in its heart.

  • ABNORMAL FAMILY

    Masayuki Suo Japan, 1984

    KEIKO SATO: PINKU
    MAVERICK

    A strange slice of family erotica, this perverted pastiche of Ozu’s domestic dramas was Masayuki Suō’s only dalliance in pinku eiga, and the results speak for themselves! Fun fact: Suō later directed Shall We Dance?, which was remade into a blockbuster rom-com starring J-Lo and Richard Gere!

  • LORE

    Cate Shortland Germany, 2012

    This ambitious sophomore feature from Cate Shortland arrived some 8 years after her sensuous debut, Somersault. With an enigmatic score from Max Richter and a powerhouse lead in newcomer Saskia Rosendahl, Lore sees an impressionistic study in collective guilt emerge from the dissolving fog of war.

  • RUNNING STUMBLED

    John Maringouin United States, 2006

    STRANGE TRAVELS: A JOHN
    MARINGOUIN DOUBLE BILL

    Early 2000s digital home video meets Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in this shocking and darkly funny debut from John Maringouin. Newly restored, Running Stumbled’s lo-fi images capture the director’s own family, revealing complicated truths about fatherhood, drug abuse, and poverty in America.

  • GHOSTBOX COWBOY

    John Maringouin United States, 2018

    A Herzogian work of gonzo filmmaking, John Maringouin’s debut fiction feature dives into the absurd world of modern Chinese commerce. Mostly shot in public spaces with handheld cameras, Ghostbox Cowboy is a surreal dark comedy fueled by an untamed performance from indie director David Zellner.

  • DRUGSTORE COWBOY

    Gus Van Sant United States, 1989

    Gus Van Sant established himself as an outstanding voice in contemporary indie cinema with this electrifying second feature. Starring Matt Dillon in one of the best roles of his career, Drugstore Cowboy is an empathetic portrait of addiction that, while harrowing, is pervaded by cynical humor.

  • SOUTH

    Morgan Quaintance United Kingdom, 2020

    A MUBI Release
    BRIEF ENCOUNTERS

    Reflecting on the meaning of empowerment, artist Morgan Quaintance examines two liberation movements through an arresting patchwork of celluloid, VHS, and Google Street View footage. Testament to the need for individual and collective voices, South makes for pertinent viewing in our polarized times.

  • GUSHING PRAYER

    Masao Adachi Japan, 1971

    A tantalizing countercultural exploration of youthful sexuality that seeks to break apart all taboos in one fell swoop, Gushing Prayer is an act of pure cinematic resistance. Bold, modernist erotica crafted by the fascinating Masao Adachi: a radical filmmaker and soldier in the Japanese Red Army.

  • OLEG

    Juris Kursietis Latvia, 2019

    Exclusive

    The sophomore feature by Latvian director Juris Kursietis is a bracing and darkly funny account of Europe’s merciless migrant labor market. Evoking the humanist cinema of the Dardenne brothers, Oleg’s intimate, up-close cinematography and rich storytelling are truly transfixing.

  • HERO

    Alexandre Rockwell United States, 1983

    Leaving in 10 days
    THREE BY ALEXANDRE
    ROCKWELL

    Alexandre Rockwell’s twist on the road movie also happens to be the first feature shot by Wes Anderson’s cinematographer Robert Yeoman. Winning the Special Jury Prize at what is now known as Sundance, Hero shines through its emotionally rich cast of oddball characters and their quest for acceptance.