Festival Cine//B (site), dedicated to exhibiting the latest work from young filmmakers, opened in Santiago on Friday and runs through November 13. We’ve teamed up with the festival to present over a dozen shorts and one feature, Victor Ruano’s El cadáver exquisito (site), which “combines documentary, fiction and experimental filmmaking as it traverses the social and oneiric landscape of a region struggling between modernity and tradition.”
Take a look at the full program and start watching — for free!
Lomography, the magazine, shop and community dedicated to analogue photography, has put together a selection of films on MUBI and invites you take inspiration from them to start making movies and photos of your own.
To that end, they’ve introduced Lomokino, a 35mm movie camera: shoot a movie of 144 frames on any 35mm film. What’s more, they’re teaming up with us to stage a fun competition, “Your Movie Scene.” The idea is simple: Recreate a favorite movie scene, snap an analogue photo, tag it and send it in. All the info you need is right here. Prizes? Of course: there are three in all, each packaged with a one-year subscription to MUBI. Again, all details are here. Just 16 days left!
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (formerly the Middle East International Film Fest), opening today and running through October 22, is committed to presenting works by Arab filmmakers in competition alongside the major talents of world cinema. The Festival and MUBI are presenting a feature film you can now watch for free.
“A historical fiction, [Hisham Lasri’s] The End opens in July 1999, on the eve of the death of Morocco’s longtime monarch Hassan II (1961-99), whose demise marked both the end of an era as well as the filmmaker’s childhood,” writes Sally Shafto in Senses of Cinema. “The film tells the story of a marginalized youth, M’key, in search of a father figure, who falls in love with Rita, a young woman whose virginity is ensured by her gang-member brothers by keeping her enchained. M’key is the protégé of Daoud, the police commissioner whose nickname is ‘the system’s pit-bull’ and who was responsible for torturing and killing, years before, Rita’s father. Daoud appears to be a stand-in for Hassan II, seen here as a kind of super cop. During his reign, known as the period of lead, Hassan II imprisoned many political dissidents. The End definitely merited its Special Award, because Lasri has attempted something ambitious with his first film. [Critic] Mohamed Dahan calls The End an example of ‘the new Moroccan cinema, light-years away from the “cinema du Papa” and the reasonable tone of Morocco’s first filmmakers.’”
The subject of another portrait by the filmmaker is Rob Hopkins. Her interview with founder of the Transition Movement, a response to climate change and shrinking supplies of cheap energy, takes place in the original Transition Town, Totnes, England. Hence, the title: Transition Town Totnes.
Robert Redford narrates Will Parrinello, John Antonelli and Tom Dusenbery’s The New Environmentalists (image above), a collection of portraits of activists from around the world who have won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. “What connects the six crusaders featured in the documentary,” wrote Julian Guthrie in the San Francisco Chronicle last year, “is a refusal to listen to the word ‘no’ and an unrelenting drive that pitted them against formidable — and at times dangerous — adversaries.”
We’ve redone our Watch page to make it much easier for you to find films playing on MUBI’s VOD platform. The page is considerably more interactive—you can even watch trailers there directly. We’ve also made our searching options far more robust, so you can always find what you’re looking for or discover something exciting to watch, whether you’re searching by genre, film name, cast and crew members, popularity, by country (long requested by the community) or by scads of other search and filter options. (Want to find the free films? Easy. Want to find the films we’re showing made between 1905 and 1925? Easy. Want to find the films we’re showing in the Inuktitut language?…You get the picture.)
An extra special bonus for our users in the US: we now show films available on Netflix Instant, so you can easily keep track of your favorites, rate and review and comment on things you’ve seen, see what’s showing now on Netflix, pop over there to watch stuff, and come back to MUBI to discuss.
Conversations this International Day of Peace will this year undoubtedly be focused on Palestinians’ bid for UN membership, the latest development in the decades-old Israel-Palestine conflict. Brazilian filmmaker Julia Bacha has spent years in the Middle East and, as she notes at the top of her recent TED Talk, one of the most common questions she’s asked is, “Where are the Palestinian Ghandis?”
Fact of the matter is, they exist, and they’re hard at work, trying to bring about nonviolent solutions, one confrontation at a time. In 2003, the Palestinian village of Budrus mounted a 10-month-long nonviolent protest to stop a barrier being built across their olive groves — successfully — and Bacha was there to document the saga in full as it unfolded in her film, Budrus.
Budrus is an inspiration, and for 24 hours, MUBI is teaming up with Just Vision, Typecast and Antidote Films to present the doc for free in the US, Australia and New Zealand. And, wherever you are in the world, join us on Twitter for a live Q&A with Julia Bacha at 7pm EST.
Queer Lisboa is not only the oldest film festival in Lisbon — it’s also the only festival in Portugal dedicated exclusively to screening gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and transsexual themed films. The theme of this year’s edition is Transgression, and throughout its run through September 24, you can watch around a dozen films from the lineup for free.
Each year in London, Alpha-ville, the International Festival of Post-digital Culture, explores the intersection between art, technology and society. This year, we’re teaming up again to present seven works you can watch for free anywhere in the world through September 25.