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Embark on guided tour of world cinema with Mubi


Katie Walsh | Tribune News Service

The streaming era has been a boon for cinephiles. Suddenly, thousands upon thousands of movies, from old favorites to obscure titles are available with the click of the remote (and a monthly subscription fee). But for some audiences, that’s led to a choice paralysis, locked in a never-ending scroll. That’s where Mubi comes in — the streaming service for discerning cinephiles with a taste for daring global cinema.

Mubi, which is now also a publisher of criticism and commentary (see: Mubi Notebook) and film distributor, fashions themselves as a catch-all destination for film lovers, with an emphasis on curation. On Mubi, it’s not just about having access to everything, it’s about having access to the right things: the interesting indie gems and international art house sensations. There’s a feeling of trust that every film is of high quality — and perhaps something you would have never seen before — and an emphasis on collection and curation makes their database of films easy to navigate and discover new-to-you titles. It’s like a curated international film festival, with monthly refreshes in programming.

During the month of June, the guest curator is filmmaker Isabel Sandoval (“Lingua Franca”) who has put together a collection of her favorite films from the Mubi vault, including Peter Strickland’s “The Duke of Burgundy,” Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning,” and “Clouds of Sils Maria” by Olivier Assayas. June also features a collection of films highlighting Queer Spaces on Film for Pride Month, and a collection of four films from Japanese auteur Hirokazu Koreeda, whose most recent film “Monster,” will premiere on Mubi June 7.

Alma Poysti, left, and Jussi Vatanen in
Alma Poysti, left, and Jussi Vatanen in “Fallen Leaves,” directed by Aki Kaurismäki. (Sputnik/Finnish Film Foundation/Zuma Press/TNS) 

Mubi will also feature a retrospective of the Ross brothers filmography, a New Orleans-based filmmaking duo who, for the past 15 years, have been delivering hand-crafted, lyrically expressed films about America that toy with the limits of fiction and nonfiction. Their most recent film, produced and distributed by Mubi, is the heartfelt and windswept “Gasoline Rainbow,” which premieres on the service May 31. Their first proper narrative feature, the Ross brothers utilized their documentary roots to create a wild road trip film, following five teenagers as they travel 500 miles to the Oregon coast. It’s the kind of youth movie that is both timeless and perfectly preserves a moment in time — that specific age when freedom beckons before the responsibilities of life crash in. It’s a beautifully triumphant movie, and unlike anything else you’ll ever see.

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