We’ve curated a list of some films that you could explore on MUBI if you haven’t already!
Cinema is that form of art that becomes a part of our lives very quickly. It’s our friend, mentor, partner, something that entertains us but most importantly, it shows us what we can’t see sometimes. The complexity and beauty of life are captured by this art in a unique form and each story is told in a different manner. It makes us question, raises issues, and also makes us laugh, cry, dance, and feel everything deeply. Maybe that’s why cinema plays a huge role in our lives! MUBI is a platform that curates the best that global cinema has to offer from commercial success, the film festival showcases to independent cinema, all under one roof!
Though MUBI is not just a platform that only showcases films, it also provides a lot of information about films and filmography, from cast and crew to review, awards and accolades. Mubi also gives an option to its viewers to write reviews and blogs about films they’ve watched. It’s a rather interactive space for learning as well as sharing one’s love for cinema.
Here’s what you can explore on the platfom today at a discounted annual membership here!
The Bacchus Lady
South Korea is sweeping the nation with the Hallyu culture and by taking home global awards like Oscars. Here’s a film of Minari starrer, Youn Yuh-Jung showcasing to you her talent and prowess of acting by playing an adult sex worker.
The First Lap
South Korean cinema has a much larger arena than we’re usually exposed to. This story takes you on a journey of the trials and tribulations of a young relationship that has to deal with the country’s politics and society.
Starring the late and beloved Irrfan Khan and many known actors like Rasika Duggal, Tillotama Shome, and Tisca Chopra, this film tells you the story of the partition of India in 1947.
This film lies under the genre of docu-fiction where a young Archana Phadke with a handheld camera goes on to explore her multi-generational family and document the lives of domestic women under a patriarchal structure.
A unique philosophical tale of a monk questioning his renouncing and what it truly means to live a vagabond life. Created by the actor, Manav Kaul, this experimental film is quite thought-provoking and will take you deep into the philosophy of life as well.
You Were Never Really Here
The film is an adaptation of Jonathan Ames’ muscular novella featuring a very talented lead in the name of Joaquin Phoenix. The film explores the thriller story of a man rescuing the daughter of a US Senator from a sex trafficking ring while going through corruption and vengeance and nightmares of his own.
Where Is The Friend’s Home?
If you haven’t seen Abbas Kiarostami, then you’ve seen nothing! This man in his own way makes you see the harsh truths of life in an innocent manner. This film explores a young boy on a quest while revealing friendship and morality in a poetic form.
The Gleaners and I
This is a documentary by Agnes Varda who is on a path of finding beauty in the most unexpected of places through her self-reflexive filming.
A film by Xavier Dolan explores the struggles of a couple over a period of ten years when the boyfriend, Laurence, tells his girlfriend that he wants to become a woman. It’s a lovely thematic portrayal of trans women and the struggles attached with it.
Satyajit Ray is the godfather of Indian cinema, and rightly so. He was such a visionary auteur whose work is eternal. And anyone who hasn’t watched his work can’t really call themselves a cinephile. This film, a Rabindranath Tagore adaptation is called one of the best films in his entire career as it explores the repressed desires and yearning of a woman in the most artistic way.
The Fish Curry
An animated movie shot by Abhishek Verma, this talks about a young man in his late twenties coming out about his sexuality to his parents, and to ease that talk, he makes his father’s favorite dish – Maacher Jhol (Fish Curry).
Emma Seligman’s debut film, Shiva Baby is critically acclaimed and has been talked about since its debut. It explores the humorous distress of a young college student attending a day-long shiva, a Jewish gathering during a time of mourning, and her awkward encounters.
Songs My Brothers Taught Me
A must-watch from the library of the Oscar-winning director, Chloe Zhao, this was her first feature film that explores the portrait of life on the fringes of American society in her own way of philosophical and melancholic filmmaking.
A classic gem about a shy guy who can’t confess his love for his neighbor while his ever so charming friend comes in and woos away the neighbor. It stars the brilliant Naseeruddin Shah, Deepti Naval, and Farooq Shaikh.
A short film made by Rohin Raveendran about repressed desires and artistic use of space to tell the story of claustrophobia and being inside the closet for two women living in this patriarchal society.
A feature film by Sean Baker made with a mobile phone that brought him huge critical acclaim and love from the queer community for the right kind of representation of the community, Tangerine explores a transgender prostitute, Sin-Dee Rella, and her fellow transgender prostitute friend, Alexandra who go on in search for Rella’s boyfriend who is cheating on her.
The King Of Comedy
A classic by the legendary Martin Scorsese starring Robert De Niro, exploiting the life of a 34- year-old comic who has no talent whatsoever but just wants to get recognition and fame.
Directed by Mira Nair, the film is widely acclaimed for the way it encapsulates the slums of Bombay. Made in a docu-fiction style, it’s made its name in various film festivals and Oscars.
Jules And Jim
Francois Truffaut is the French New Wave filmmaker who every cinephile should know of. His films are made for eternity because no matter what the era, it fits right in. This film is based on the novel by Henri-Pierre Roché and chronicles a buoyant love triangle between two friends, one French and one German, and an alluring woman, the object of their mutual obsession, over twenty-five years.
The Great Dictator
Charlie Chaplin was an iconic revolutionary filmmaker. But what was underrated about him was the manner in which he shared the harshest truth of life with a smile on his face. This film of his is probably the most controversial one but quite acclaimed as it combines fascism and humor.
Annette (Releasing Nov 26)
A highly acclaimed film by Leos Carax, starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard is coming soon on the platform. A film festival’s favorite and critically acclaimed for its picturesque filmmaking.
Which films are you going to explore on the platform? You can get an annual membership of MUBI here for an exclusively discounted price at Rs 1,999 for a whole year!
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