MUBI Kicks Off 2018 With A Series Of “Exceptional” Debuts

MUBI is kicking off the new year with a series of exceptional debuts, the films that launched the career of some of MUBI’s favourite directors. Seven tremendously promising voices to welcome a tremendously promising 2018!

Being John Malkovich, Top 10 Films

Being John Malkovich | 1999, Spike Jonze
A lowly puppeteer takes a job as a file clerk in an office, only to discover a mysterious portal that transports a person into the mind of actor John Malkovich, only to be spit out alongside the New Jersey Turnpike fifteen minutes later.

The Protagonists | 1999, Luca Guadagnino
An Italian movie crew goes to London to make a documentary about a murder case that took place a few years before.

The Gold Diggers | 1983, Sally Potter
A musical adventure about two women searching for answers: one investigating the nature of money, the other chasing her own memories.

Kinetta | 2005, Yorgos Lanthimos
At a Greek hotel in the off-season, a chambermaid, a man obsessed with BMW cars, and a photo-store clerk attempt to film and photograph various badly re-enacted struggles between a man and a woman.

Something Different | 1963, Věra Chytilová
Vera Chytilova wrote and directed this two-part story that took the Grand Prix at the Mannheim Film Festival.

Reprise | 2006, Joachim Trier
This precise yet playful character study is an originally constructed tragicomic and occasionally satirical story about the pitfalls of two young, ambitious writers who are also best friends.

The Pleasure of Being Robbed | 2008, Joshua Safdie
A curious and lost Eleonore looks for something everywhere, even in the bags of strangers who find themselves sadly smiling only well after she’s left their lives. They owe her their thanks.

MYFF My French Film Festival

MUBI is delighted to present a new exquisite selection of French Cinema in partnership with Unifrance. All films are fresh from festivals, all with the spice that makes French cinema so unique.

Struggle of Life | 2016, Antonin Peretjatko
Mark Chestnut, intern at the Ministry of the Standard, is sent to Guyana to make sure the first indoor ski slope, intended to boost tourism, complies with EU Standards. Also, he’s gonna have to work with a teammate. Bad luck she’s a pin-up. Worse still, she has character.

Man Bites Dog | 1992, Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde
This provocative satire about violence in the media depicts the moral quandaries that a documentary crew faces as they film a charismatic serial killer through his daily life and a series of brutal murders.

Willy 1er | 2016, Ludovic Boukherma, Zoran Boukherma, Marielle Gautier, Hugo P. Thomas
When his twin brother dies, Willy, 50, finally decides to leave his parents’ home. He moves to a small nearby town to start afresh. Though a misfit, Willy tries to find his place in a world unknown.

Before Summer Ends | 2017, Maryam Goormaghtigh
After five years studying in Paris, Arash has not adjusted to life there and has decided to return to Iran to live. Jolted by the news, his two friends Hossein and Nima, who do not want him to leave, convince him to take a last trip through France – secretly hoping he will change his mind.

In Bed with Victoria | 2016, Justine Triet
Victoria is a thirty-something divorced lawyer who’s struggling to raise her two daughters. She is canny and cynical but on the verge of an emotional breakdown. At a friend’s wedding she reconnects with Vincent, an old friend, and Sam, an old client. Her life is about to take a new turn.

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Cilaos | 2015, Camilo Restrepo
To keep a promise made to her dying mother, a young woman goes off in search of her father, a womanizer she has never met. Along the way, she soon learns that he is dead. But that doesn’t change her plans – she still intends to find him.

Félicité | 2016, Alain Gomis
Félicité, free and proud, is a singer in the evenings in a bar in Kinshasa. Her life changes when her 14-year-old son is the victim of a motorcycle accident. To save him, she begins a frantic race through the streets of an electric Kinshasa, a world of music and dreams.

Tokyo Godfathers | 2003, Satochi Kon
The story takes place in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on Christmas Eve. Middle-aged has-been Gin, aging transvestite Hana, and teenage runaway Miyuki are three homeless friends who have formed a kind of makeshift family structure.

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Murder in Pacot | 2017, Raoul Peck
In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, a middle-aged Port-au-Prince couple come face to face with the stark contradictions of Haitian society when they are forced to rent out their villa to a foreign aid worker and his enterprising local girlfriend.

Wet Woman in The Wind | 2016, Akihiko Shiota
One afternoon, Shiori, a very sexually active young woman working in a café, is riding her bicycle and cuts off Kosuke, who is pulling a two-wheeled cart. Once a recognized playwright, Kosuke now lives a quiet life in a mountain hut, far away from the city, in the hope of escaping his past.

Film Socialisme | 2010, Jean-Luc Godard
A symphony in three movements: passengers circle one another in a Mediterranean cruise; a sister and her brother in the French countryside demand explanations from their parents; and an essay-tour of six sites of myth—Egypt, Palestine, Odessa, Hellas, Naples and Barcelona.

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Rory Fish has loved movies since he can remember. If he was to put together an "all time" top 10 of absolute favourites it would have to include North By Northwest, 12 Angry Men and Sunset Boulevard.

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