October 2023 has just begun, here are the highlights of this month’s programming on streaming platform MUBI.
THE STRANGE LIFESTYLE OF Pedro Almodóvar (2023)
Pedro Almodóvar returns with a short film set in the Old West, starring two standout leads: Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal. 25 years later, Silva crosses the desert to visit his old flame, Sheriff Jake. After an evening of intimacy, memories and reconciliation, it is revealed that both are connected to the murder, meaning that their meeting is not just a blast from the past.
THERE’S NOTHING (1952)
In our Halloween themed review, we bring you THERE’S NOTHING. This anarchic and entertaining story, directed by 20-year-old Rolf Kanefsky, became the template for much of the meta-horror that characterized the 1990s. Predating Scream by five years, this film is a survival guide for any aspiring girl. To find out its fascinating story, from conception to disastrous distribution, don’t miss Charlie Shackleton’s mini-documentary COPYCUT. NOW AVAILABLE ON MUBI
ITALIAN GOTH: THREE MOVIES OF MARIO BAVA
LISA AND THE DEVIL (1973), HOW MANY TIMES… THAT NIGHT (1972) and CHAIN REACTION (1971) You can’t talk about the golden age of Italian genre cinema without mentioning Mario Bava. The three films in this collection provide a survey of his final decade, highlighting a unique visual style capable of showcasing his exceptional skill across a wide variety of genres. For the month of Halloween, we present Italian Gothic: Three Films of Mario Bava with LISA AND THE DEVIL (1973), HOW MANY TIMES… THAT NIGHT (1972), CHAIN REACTION (1971).
GIRL WITH A GUN by Mario Monicelli (1968), THE GARDEN OF FINZI CONTINI by Vittorio De Sica (1970) In October we also offer you two classics of Italian cinema by two great masters: Mario Monicelli and Vittorio De Sica. The Italian comedy classic The Girl with a Gun features the stunning Monica Vitti as an independent young woman bent on revenge in a subversive film. THE GARDEN OF FINZI CONTINI is an adaptation of Giorgio Bassani’s book of the same name and follows the experiences of a Jewish family and a group of close friends in upper-class Ferrara on the eve of World War II. , between universal events and the disturbing background of racial persecution.
BIG NAMES FOR SMALL MOVIES
GREEN VINYL (Kleber Mendonça Filho, 2004)
The innocent sounds of birdsong signal the possibility of rule-breaking in this delightfully unsettling first short film from Kleber Mendonça Filho. Turning a tale of dangerous curiosity into a portrait of an adventurous young girl, the Brazilian director delights in breaking down the concept of obedience. FROM OCTOBER 12 ON MUBI
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Recent and upcoming MUBI releases include: Passages by Ira Sachs, A Strange Way of Life by Pedro Almodóvar, How to Have Sex by Molly Manning Walker, Fallen Leaves by Aki Kaurismäki, John Galliano’s documentary High and Low by Kevin Macdonald, Criminals by Rodrigo Moreno, The Settlers by Felipe Galvez, After the Sun by Charlotte Wells, Pleasure by Ninja Thyberg, Memoria by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, First Cow by Kelly Reichardt and Petite Maman by Celine Sciamma.
MUBI’s productions include Karim Ainoz’s Pruning Roses starring Kristen Stewart, Josh O’Connor and Elle Fanning, Christopher Andrews’ Bring Them Down starring Christopher Abbott and Barry Keoghan, and My First Movie » by Zia Anger starring Odessa Young and Devon Ross.
MUBI co-productions include Michel Franco’s next film Memento starring Jessica Chastain and Peter Sarsgaard, Mia Hansen-Løve’s One Fine Morning starring Léa Seydoux, Ekwa Msangi’s Farewell Love (Sundance Film Festival winner) and Our Men by Rachel Lang.
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