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Film of the day
  • LOU REED'S BERLIN

    Julian Schnabel United Kingdom, 2007

    TURN IT UP: MUSIC ON
    FILM

    Lou Reed refused to perform his misanthropic masterwork for 33 years. Berlin, a cinematic album of doomed love, had been a critical failure, and was simply too painful to bear. Julian Schnabel captures its triumphant return to the stage in this prismatic concert film of pure rock ‘n’ roll swagger.

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  • MIND GAME

    Masaaki Yuasa Japan, 2004

    With a superabundance of assorted animation styles, bawdy humor and extreme violence, Mind Game is a dizzying ride for adults only. That the filmmaker guest directed Adventure Time comes as no surprise: this frenetic cult classic similarly hurtles toward questions of epic, metaphysical proportions.

  • UNDER THE SUN OF SATAN

    Maurice Pialat France, 1987

    I DON'T LIKE YOU
    EITHER: A MAURICE PIALAT RETROSPECTIVE

    Maurice Pialat won a hotly contested Palme d’Or at Cannes for this unforgettable drama about spirituality in a cold world. By turns calm and violent, the controversial and intense masterwork, starring Gérard Depardieu and Sandrine Bonnaire, dances between the sacred, the carnal, and the profane.

  • ANOTHER WORLD

    Stéphane Brizé France, 2021

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    In a tour-de-force performance that charts the slow corrosion of moral values, Vincent Lindon lends emotional weight to Stéphane Brizé’s biting critique of toxic work culture. Examining how personal relationships crumble under capitalism, Another World dissects the heavy price of corporate loyalty.

  • THE ARTIST

    Michel Hazanavicius France, 2011

    Michel Hazanavicius swept the Academy Awards® with this joyous fan letter to the cinema, a throwback tribute to the silent era that proved a feel-good phenomenon and worldwide triumph. Stylized, enchanted and crafted in the spirit of Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch. Magic!

  • CONTROL

    Anton Corbijn United Kingdom, 2007

    The story of Joy Division is given impecable treatment by auteur Anton Corbijn, who photographed the post-punk band in their heyday. Recalling the minimalist monochrome of Corbijn’s photography, this moody portrait of a doomed star features an electric and uncanny performance by Sam Riley.

  • THE MASTER

    Paul Thomas Anderson United States, 2012

    With career-best turns from Joaquin Phoenix & Philip Seymour Hoffman, PTA’s meticulously realized epic of modern America captures a nation buckled under the weight of crackpot ideas and snake-oil solutions. The Master reveals the desperate search for purpose on the choppy waters of the 20th century.

  • THE NIGHT

    Tsai Ming-liang Taiwan, 2021

    A MUBI Release
    BRIEF ENCOUNTERS

    On a sleepless night in Hong Kong, Tsai Ming-liang took to the streets to shoot this soothing urban lullaby. Inspired by the popular Chinese song we hear onscreen, The Night is a new short from a cinematic titan, whose glistening nocturnal vignettes unfurl like the negative of a half-remembered day.

  • THE MOUTH AGAPE

    Maurice Pialat France, 1974

    Maurice Pialat never shied away from exposing the darkest corners of the human experience, and his third feature remains his most boldly confrontational. Unblinking in its surveyal of a sick woman’s final days, The Mouth Agape bears tough, unadorned witness to the realities of end-of-life care.

  • A GIRL MISSING

    Koji Fukada Japan, 2019

    Following up the Cannes Jury Prize winner Harmonium, director Kōji Fukada landed another masterpiece with this suspenseful drama. Mariko Tsutsui ties together an enigmatic story with her compassionate performance, revealing hidden layers of her character as separate timelines unfold.

  • NOTES ON AN APPEARANCE

    Ricky D'Ambrose United States, 2018

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    RICKY D'AMBROSE DOUBLE BILL

    The strange disappearance of a controversial philosopher throws an intellectual New York crowd for a loop, igniting a series of existential quandaries. Echoing Antonioni’s L’avventura in both tone and ambience, Ricky D’Ambrose’s haunting debut is an enigma that is well worth pursuing.

  • TEKNOLUST

    Lynn Hershman-Leeson United Kingdom, 2002

    THE ONE AND ONLY: TILDA
    SWINTON

    Toying with the binary of gender, Tilda Swinton mutates into fashionable clones in Lynn Hershman-Leeson’s ironic reworking of the cyber thriller. As chic costumes and carefully curated sets amp up the hyperreal factor, this sci-fi romp stylishly anticipates the proliferation of digital culture.

  • SECRETARY

    Steven Shainberg United States, 2002

    Reclaiming kink for the United States of America, indie It-girl Maggie Gyllenhaal squared off against James Spader (sex, lies, and videotape) in this brilliantly provocative romance about a strange sexual understanding. The film won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance—“for originality.”

  • GAGARINE

    Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh France, 2020

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    An enchanting debut from French duo Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh, this magic realist fable is a eulogy to the places we call home and an ode to the power of imagination. A coming-of-age gem bursting with wide-eyed, celestial wonder, Gagarine has its feet on the ground but its heart in the stars.

  • TEENAGE EMOTIONS

    Frederic Da United States, 2021

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    Filmed entirely on iPhones with students during their lunch break, Frederic Da’s debut feature provides a vital lens into the dilemmas facing teenagers today. Blending elements of documentary and fiction filmmaking, Da transports us back to school as we eavesdrop on conversations in the corridors.

  • DESTELLO BRAVÍO

    Ainhoa Rodríguez Spain, 2021

    A MUBI Release
    DEBUTS

    Twisting surrealism and striking humor together in the manner of Luis Buñuel, Destello bravío is one of today’s most entrancing Spanish debuts. As older women’s desires are lit up by nonprofessional performances, so the stagnancy of provincial Spain is refracted to sensually weird, wonderful ends.

  • THE BLACK TOWER

    John Smith United Kingdom, 1987

    PLAYING WITH CINEMA:
    THE FILMS OF JOHN SMITH

    John Smith takes repetition and makes a mystery out of it in The Black Tower. Above terraced houses and between blocks of flats, the eponymous structure appears to the narrator over and again like a bad omen—and in this curious film about fascination and perception, we share his hallucinatory state.

  • THE GIRL CHEWING GUM

    John Smith United Kingdom, 1976

    Authorial control is just an illusion in this boisterous classic of experimental film. British artist John Smith starts off as a voice-of-God narrator, barking instructions at the people of 1970s Dalston, yet events soon exceed his dictation. In The Girl Chewing Gum, reality runs away with itself.

  • PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES

    Andrew Rossi United States, 2011

    With terrific access to the news desks of the New York Times, this fascinating documentary goes backstage at an American institution. Following a handful of charismatic reporters as they chase down leads, Page One is a compelling investigation into the crises facing legacy media in the digital age.

  • LOULOU

    Maurice Pialat France, 1980

    Examinations of sex and class may be nothing new, but this remarkable feature is distinguished by Maurice Pialat’s clear-eyed scrutiny of human behavior. Starring Gérard Depardieu and an incredible Isabelle Huppert, Loulou is a riveting dissection of sexual liberation and the dynamics of power.

  • THE CATHEDRAL

    Ricky D'Ambrose United States, 2021

    A MUBI Release
    THE NEW AUTEURS

    A family and a country come undone in Ricky D’Ambrose’s intricate, decades-spanning drama. Deploying a Bressonian framing of richly textured interiors and delicate hand gestures, these nostalgic glimpses at a fractured father-son bond meticulously conjure a bygone Long Island of the 1980s and 1990s.

  • HIDEOUS

    Yann Gonzalez United Kingdom, 2022

    A MUBI Release
    BRIEF ENCOUNTERS

    Both a playful pastiche of horror schlock and a sumptuous paean to the transgressive style of Derek Jarman, Hideous emerged from a meeting of minds between Yann Gonzalez and The xx’s Oliver Sim. An opulent, unapologetic reckoning with HIV stigma, starring queer icons Jimmy Somerville and Bimini.

  • FRIENDSHIP'S DEATH

    Peter Wollen United Kingdom, 1987

    The only solo feature from film theorist Peter Wollen reimagines sci-fi cinema on an intimate scale: a two-hand chamber drama suffused with poetic reflections on a planet ravaged by wars. Luminously ethereal, Tilda Swinton transfixes as an extraterrestrial visitor on a futile search for world peace.

  • MAYOR

    David Osit United States, 2020

    This observational portrait of the witty, dedicated mayor of Ramallah in the West Bank doubles as an enthralling depiction of local governance amid complex geopolitics. Infused with dark humor and compelling vigor, it is up there with the best documentaries about the Israel-Palestine conflict.

  • LETTER TO MY MOTHER FOR MY SON

    Carla Simón Spain, 2022

    Made while pregnant with her son, this grainy Super-8 gem from Golden Bear-winner Carla Simón (Alcarràs) glimmers with fecundity. Traveling through time and across generations and mediums—from letter writing and flamenco to various film stocks, it celebrates the promise of new beginnings.

  • MAŁNI - TOWARDS THE OCEAN, TOWARDS THE SHORE

    Sky Hopinka United States, 2020

    Guided by Indigenous philosophy, Sky Hopinka’s metaphysical documentary poetically transforms the verdant landscape of the Pacific Northwest into an enigmatic conduit to other spiritual realms. The simple act of wandering ignites profound questions about the mystery of death and the cycle of life.

  • TIMECRIMES

    Nacho Vigalondo Spain, 2007

    Nacho Vigalondo’s debut feature is a masterclass in ingenuity, conjuring sci-fi thrills with its time-traveling story. Set in one location with zero special effects, this no-budget film instead charms with momentum and humor, bypassing metaphysical questions for pure, unadulterated pleasure.

  • 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK

    Julie Delpy France, 2012

    After the success of 2 Days in Paris, arthouse star-turned-director Julie Delpy returned for a follow-up, writing, directing, and starring in this charming comedy about a 21st-century culture clash. Part Gallic farce, part New York indie, it boasts an excellent turn by Chris Rock.

  • CLASSICAL PERIOD

    Ted Fendt United States, 2018

    Ted Fendt’s love for the filmmaking duo Straub-Huillet finds its richest realization in this playful ode to language, theology, and Dante’s Divine Comedy. As academic jousting sessions give way to interpersonal micro-dramas, Classical Period wryly interrogates the constitution of the scholastic ego.

  • OUTSIDE NOISE

    Ted Fendt Germany, 2021

    A MUBI Release
    THE NEW AUTEURS

    Dallying along the streets of Berlin and Vienna, the latest film from American independent Ted Fendt drifts agreeably through the haze of three women’s creative ennui. Beautifully shot on warm 16mm, Outside Noise casts a languid, wryly comic eye on the restless contours of wanderlust and friendship.