Friday, November 27, 2020

MUBI HIGHLIGHTS: DECEMBER 2020 MUBI WORLD

This December, MUBI is set to present a number of independent, international films, including its exclusive and Sundance-winning co-production, FAREWELL AMOR (2020), from the BAFTA Breakthrough 2020 honoree Ekwa Msangi.

 

FAREWELL AMOR

A Sundance prize-winning family drama from Ekwa Msangi, that follows the uncomfortable reunion between an Angolan man and his wife and daughter, who move from their home to join him in New York after 17 years apart. Press kit and assets available here.

 

TRIPPING WITH NILS FRAHM

MUBI is proud to present the world premiere of TRIPPING WITH NILS FRAHM (2020), an extraordinary musical journey featuring the legendary artist at a legendary location. The concert film captures a series of mesmerizing live performances at the iconic Funkhaus Berlin on the pianist, composer and producer’s sold-out, worldwide All Melody tour. The exclusive presentation will coincide with the release of Nils Frahm’s live album of the same name from Erased Tapes Records. Assets here.

 

COLD WAR '64 DOUBLE BILL

This month we present a classic Cold War double bill. Directed by Sidney Lumet and dropped on a jittery public, FAIL-SAFE (1964) is the ticking Doomsday Clock as a straight-up thriller, stretched taut on the edge of Armageddon. Today, it’s a classic of claustrophobic suspense. Part two of the double bill is the gold standard for black comedy: Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964)mixes all the paranoia of the day (plus 3 iconic Peter Sellers performances!) into a hilarious, deadly cocktail and watches it go boom.

 

BRIAN DE PALMA: A DOUBLE BILL

December sees a Double De Palma Bill show on MUBI. As one of the most divisive auteurs out there, we will show BODY DOUBLE (1984), which is pure De Palma: both irreverent and reverential, a stylish, twisted ode to Hitchcock. CASUALTIES OF WAR (1989) will also feature, and is a film based during the Vietnam War, telling the story of a soldier who finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager.

MUBI INDIA

BOMBAY

MANI RATNAM FOCUS

With his earthy and observational visual style, Mani Ratnam initiated a significant new chapter in the history of Indian mainstream cinema. Making his debut in 1983 with the Kannada film PALLAVI ANU PALLAVI, Ratnam was a breath of fresh air in the Tamil film industry. His films explore the varied cultural milieus of Tamil Nadu and stand out for their simple yet insightful stories and highly relatable characters. The hallmarks of Ratnam’s films include ordinary characters, beautifully-etched interpersonal relationships, and an omnipresent socio-political subtext. Refreshingly, these works also manage to retain the quintessentially larger-than-life quality of popular cinema. Indian mainstream cinema is known for its song and dance tradition. Among his contemporaries and predecessors, Ratnam’s direction of musical sequences stands out for a magical ability to transform words into palpable emotions and rich, rhythmic images. This December, MUBI is delighted to present a focus on a filmmaker who persistently pushes the boundaries of his style to explore new vistas in mainstream cinema. We will show BOMBAY (1995) and THIRUDA THIRUDA (1994).

 

AKALER SHANDHANE

MRINAL SEN RETROSPECTIVE

Another focus for the month will be a Mrinal Sen Retrospective featuring the films AKALER SHANDHANE (1980), PADATIK (1973) and ANTAREEN (1993). One of the pioneers of India’s Parallel Cinema movement, Mrinal Sen’s films have captured the political essence of India like few other filmmakers have. His work has been recognised and awarded at internationally renowned film festivals including Cannes, Venice and Berlin.

 

UGLY

UGLY (2013) from Anurag Kashyap premiered at Cannes Director’s Fortnight 2013 and tells the story of a child Kali who comes from a broken home. Kali lives with her mother and her step-father Shoumik, who heads the police detection squad in the city of Mumbai. One particular Saturday, when Kali is out with her father Rahul, she disappears.

 

DAAYEN YA BAAYEN

Directed by Bela Negi, DAAYEN YABAAYEN (2010) will be part of the Women of Indian Cinema focus. Set in a small village in Uttarakhand, the film revolves around the life of Ramesh Majila (Deepak Dobriyal), a schoolteacher in a remote hilly village, who happens to win a luxury car that takes him on an unexpected journey.

The full schedules for December 2020 are below:

MUBI WORLD

Date

Film

Director

12/1/2020

Fail-Safe

Sidney Lumet

12/2/2020

Faith

Valentina Pedicini

12/3/2020

Tripping With Nils Frahm

Benoit Toulemonde

12/4/2020

The Passenger

Michelangelo Antonioni

12/5/2020

Punch-Drunk Love

Paul Thomas Anderson

12/6/2020

Suddenly, Last Summer

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

12/7/2020

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Stanley Kubrick

12/8/2020

Barbs, Wasteland

Marta Mateus

12/9/2020

Casualties of War

Brian De Palma

12/10/2020

Body Double

Brian De Palma

12/11/2020

Cold Meridian

Peter Strickland

12/12/2020

Curse of the Golden Flower

Zhang Yimou

12/13/2020

Fando and Lis

Alejandro Jodorowsky

12/14/2020

Anatomy of a Murder

Otto Preminger

12/15/2020

Bunny Lake Is Missing

Otto Preminger

12/16/2020

The People vs. Larry Flynt

MiloŇ° Forman

12/17/2020

Inside Job

Charles Ferguson

12/18/2020

Farewell Amor

Ekwa Msangi

12/19/2020

El Topo

Alejandro Jodorowsky

12/20/2020

Taxi Driver

Martin Scorsese

12/21/2020

20th Century Women

Mike Mills

12/22/2020

Daayen Ya Baayen

Bela Negi

12/23/2020

The Last Picture Show

Peter Bogdanovich

12/24/2020

So Long, My Son

Wang Xiaoshuai

12/25/2020

The Adventures of Tintin

Steven Spielberg

12/26/2020

The Holy Mountain

Alejandro Jodorowsky

12/27/2020

All That Jazz

Bob Fosse

12/28/2020

All the Vermeers in New York

Jon Jost

12/29/2020

California Split

Robert Altman

12/30/2020

The Squid and the Whale

Noah Baumbach

12/31/2020

Boyz n the Hood

John Singleton

MUBI INDIA

Date

Film

Director

Language

12/1/2020

Womaniya

Aakash Arun

Hindi

12/2/2020

Harjeet

Manu Sen

Bengali

12/3/2020

Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback

K. G. George

Malayalam

12/4/2020

Bombay

Mani Ratnam

Tamil

12/5/2020

Bow Bow

Pradeep Kilikar

Tamil

12/6/2020

Shreelancer

Sandeep Mohan

Hindi, English

12/7/2020

Zubaan

Mozez Singh

Hindi, Punjabi

12/8/2020

Saraswati Chandra

Govind Saraiya

Hindi

12/9/2020

Midnight's Children

Deepa Mehta

Hindi

12/10/2020

My Name is Salt

Farida Pacha

Hindi

12/11/2020

Thiruda Thiruda

Mani Ratnam

Tamil

12/12/2020

Mullum Malarum

Mahendran

Tamil

12/13/2020

Akaler Sandhane

Mrinal Sen

Bengali

12/14/2020

Namak Halal

Prakash Mehra

Hindi

12/15/2020

Ghuma

Mahesh Kale

Marathi

12/16/2020

Sadayam

Sibi Malayil

Malayalam

12/17/2020

Sanghat

Pinaki Chaudhuri

Bengali

12/18/2020

Albert Pinto ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai

Soumitra Ranade

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