April At MUBI Will Have Hamaguchi, Trier And Showgirls

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The Oscars will be with us next weekend, this month at MUBI showcases award winners. In April that showcase will continue with potential new winners? A month that will consist of Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Joachim Trier and Paul Verhoeven plus much more!

MUBI SPOTLIGHT: DRIVE MY CAR

The masterful, moving and multi award-winning new film from Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy) Drive My Car (2021) arrives exclusively on MUBI this month, fresh from its BAFTA win for Film Not in the English Language.

Based on the short story of the same name by international bestselling author Haruki Murakami, the film follows stage actor and director Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), who’s wife Oto (Reika Kirishima) suddenly passes away leaving behind a secret.

Two years later, Kafuku, still unable to fully cope with the loss of his wife, receives an offer to direct a play at a theatre festival in Hiroshima. There, he meets Misaki (Toko Miura), a reticent woman assigned to be his chauffeur. As they spend time together, Kafuku confronts the mystery of his wife that quietly haunts him.

Nominated for four Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and winner of the BAFTA for Film Not in the English Language and Award for Best Screenplay in Cannes 2021.

Drive My Car (Ryusuke Hamaguchi, 2021) – 1st April

MUBI RELEASE: PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN

From the producers of Roma (2018), Prayers for the Stolen (2021) is the debut feature from established Mexican-El Salvadoran filmmaker Tatiana Huezo (The Tiniest Place, Tempestad).

Loosely adapted from Jennifer Clement’s 2014 novel, it follows the lives of three girls in Guerrero whose childhoods are overshadowed by the forceful and violent presence of the local cartel. Trained by their mothers to flee at any moment and forced into extreme measures to evade capture, these young women must learn to abandon their femininity in order to navigate their harsh surroundings.

As much a damning indictment of the hidden evils of an unjust war as it is a sensitive depiction of women living in the crossfire of gang warfare, this is an unforgettable story of friendship, family and survival uniquely told from a child’s-eye-view perspective.

Prayers for the Stolen won a Special Mention in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, and was Mexico’s official submission for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.

Prayers for the Stolen (Tatiana Huezo, 2021) – 29th April

REDISCOVERED: SONGS FOR DRELLA

Long after The Velvet Underground had broken up, Lou Reed and John Cale reunited to perform their album “Songs for Drella” dedicated to Andy Warhol in this evocative concert film by legendary cinematographer Ed Lachman – playing exclusively on MUBI. Written and recorded three years after Warhol’s death, the album reflects their complicated memories of their late collaborator, ‘‘Drella’’ – Warhol’s nickname – a synthesis of Dracula and Cinderella.

Intimate and minimalist, Lachman’s camerawork reflects the elemental, stripped-down qualities of the album, with close-ups beautifully conveying the deep, fractious history between Reed and Cale. Long considered lost, the original negatives were rediscovered by Lachman whilst researching Todd Haynes’s The Velvet Underground (2021).

Songs for Drella (Edward Lachman, 1990) – 17th April

MUBI SPOTLIGHT: THE SOUVENIR PART II

This month we are proud to present Joanna Hogg’s follow up to the critically adored The Souvenir (2019), The Souvenir: Part II (2021), streaming exclusively on MUBI. Named by Sight & Sound as the best film of 2021, the sequel picks up in the aftermath of Julie’s tumultuous relationship with Anthony following his tragic death. Using her graduation film to reflect on their complicated love, Julie creates a meta-fiction piece, as Hogg similarly does, untangling her own story from elaborately constructed fiction.

The Souvenir: Part II (Joanna Hogg, 2021) – 20th April | Our Review

JOACHIM TRIER: THE OSLO TRILOGY

To celebrate the release of Joachim Trier’s Oscar- and BAFTA- nominated The Worst Person in the World (2021) in cinemas on 25th March and on MUBI from 13th May, we are proud to present the other two titles from Trier’s unofficial Oslo Trilogy: Reprise (2006), the story of best friends Erik and Philip navigating the literary world as their young dreams clash with reality, and Oslo, August 31st (2011), which charts a day in the life of a a young recovering drug addict.

The series consists of compelling portraits of the city of Oslo and its inhabitants characterised by Trier’s perceptive portrayal of relationships, existential exploration of human behaviour and identity, anchored by a powerful set of performances from the Norwegian actor, doctor and musician Anders Danielsen Lie.

In The Worst Person In The World, Danielsen Lie stars alongside Renate Reinsve, who received the Award for Best Actress for the role in Cannes and a BAFTA Nomination for Leading Actress.

Reprise (Joachim Trier, 2006) – 23rd April
Oslo, August 31st (Joachim Trier, 2011) – Coming in May
The Worst Person in the World (Joachim Trier, 2021) – 13th May

THE LIVING AND THE DAMNED: THREE FILMS BY BÉLA TARR

This month we shine a spotlight on Hungarian director Béla Tarr, hailed as one of the masters of slow cinema. Known for his long takes, slow tracking shots and his melancholic representation of a hopeless world, Tarr captures the dreary and desolate with sarcastic and ironic humour. This director focus includes the titles: Autumn Almanac (1984) a chamber piece inspired by the existential play ‘No Exit’ by Jean-Paul Sartre, Sátántangó (1994) a 7-hour epic about the decline of Communism in Eastern Europe restored and presented in 4k and The Turin Horse (2011) self-proclaimed as the director’s final oeuvre.

Autumn Almanac (Béla Tarr, 1984) – 4th April
Sátántangó (Béla Tarr, 1994) – 14th April
The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr, 2011) – 26th April

SHOWGIRLS: A DOUBLE BILL

To celebrate the theatrical release of Paul Verhoeven’s latest provocation Benedetta (2021) on 15th April, MUBI will be exploring the phenomenon behind his 90’s cult classic Showgirls (1995). Initially dismissed and considered a complete box office flop, Showgirls has been rediscovered by new generations and applauded as a satire of the American dream. Jefferey McHale’s documentary You Don’t Nomi (2019) breaks down and traces the film’s redemptive journey from notorious flop to cult classic breathing new life to the once disregarded film.

Showgirls (Paul Verhoeven, 1995) – 15th April
You Don’t Nomi (Jeffrey McHale, 2019) – 16th April

MUBI RELEASES

Exclusive streaming premieres from the most prestigious international film festivals and rediscovered classics selected by MUBI’s curators

[Brief Encounters] Director Yelyzaveta Pysmak confidently and empathetically addresses issues around beauty norms, body images and anorexia in her refreshingly tongue and cheek tale My Fat Arse and I (2020). One morning a girl tries on a pair of new pants, yet they don’t quite fit her. When she decides to go on a strict diet, the Angel of United Bitches of Slimbuttlandia comes to her with an invitation to join a royal ceremony. The animated short combines bold and brassy hand drawn animation with video game aesthetics.

My Fat Arse and I (Yelyzaveta Pysmak, 2020) – 6th April

[Viewfinder] In Kavich Neang’s fiction debut White Building (2021), aspiring dancer Samnang and his family find their lives suddenly shattered by the news of their home’s impending demolition in Phnom Penh, to make way for a new development. Contemplative and visually arresting, it is a triumph of economic and inventive storytelling, and a powerful hymn of resistance to urban displacement and gentrification. Starring Piseth Chhun, who won the Venice Horizons’ Best Actor award for his central performance.

White Building (Kavich Neang, 2021) – 13th April

[Undiscovered] The Tale of King Crab (2021) is a bold, visually-striking fiction debut from former documentary filmmakers Alessio de Righi and Matteo Zoppis. This engrossing, bifurcated folktale follows the improbable adventures of Luciano, a village outcast in 19th-century Italy. In the film’s first half, Luciano’s life is undone by alcohol, forbidden love and a quarrel with a local aristocrat; in the second, he is in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego in search of a mythic treasure with the help of a compass-like crab.

The Tale of King Crab (Alessio Rigo de Righi, Matteo Zoppis, 2021) – 19th April

MUBI UK APRIL 2022
1 April | Drive My Car | Ryusuke Hamaguchi | MUBI Spotlight
2 April | Oedipus Rex | Pier Paolo Pasolini | Pier Paolo Pasolini
3 April | In Fabric | Peter Strickland
4 April | Autumn Almanac | Béla Tarr | The Living And The Damned: Three Films By Béla Tarr
5 April | The Second Mother | Anna Muylaert
6 April | My Fat Arse and I | Yelyzaveta Pysmak | Brief Encounters | A MUBI Release
7 April | Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter | David Zellner
8 April | Lemon | Janicza Bravo
9 April | Sunset | László Nemes
10 April | The Woman in The Fifth | Paweł Pawlikowski
11 April | TBC
12 April | TBC
13 April | White Building | Kavich Neang | Viewfinder | A MUBI Release
14 April | Satantango | Béla Tarr | The Living And The Damned: Three Films By Béla Tarr
15 April | Showgirls | Paul Verhoeven | Showgirls: A Double Bill
16 April | You Don’t Nomi | Jeffrey McHale | Showgirls: A Double Bill
17 April | Songs for Drella | Edward Lachman | Rediscovered
18 April | Waltz With Bashir | Ari Folman
19 April | The Tale of King Crab | Alessio Rigo de Righi, Matteo Zoppis | Undiscovered | A MUBI Release
20 April | The Souvenir: Part II | Joanna Hogg | MUBI Spotlight
21 April | TBC
22 April | The Tango Lesson | Sally Potter
23 April | Reprise | Joachim Trier | Joachim Trier: The Oslo Trilogy
24 April | Lizzie | Craig William Macneill
25 April | TBC
26 April | The Turin Horse | Béla Tarr | The Living And The Damned: Three Films By Béla Tarr
27 April | TBC
28 April | TBC
29 April | Prayers for the Stolen | Tatiana Huezo | The New Auteurs | A MUBI Release
30 April | Lift to the Scaffold | Louis Malle

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