#FIRSTLOOK: MUBI CELEBRATES CANNES WITH PROGRAMMING ADDITIONS FOR MAY 2023
In anticipation of the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, audiences can take a stroll with MUBI down the Boulevard de la Croisette and enjoy past favourites with the Cannes Takeover collection. Plus, stunning double bills by Ana Vaz and Ken Loach.
Friday, May 12
The Five Devils | dir. Léa Mysius, 2022
Vicky has a mysterious gift: she can recreate any scent she comes across, even that of her beloved mother Joanne (Adèle Exarchopoulos). When her estranged aunt suddenly returns to town, the invocation of her fragrance plunges the young girl back in time to unravel a past replete with family secrets and queer romance. (Trailer)
Thursday, May 25
The Potemkinists | dir. Radu Jude, 2022
In 1905, the sailors on the battleship Potemkin are given political asylum in Romania – an act of defiance against Russia. In 2021, a sculptor wants to create an artwork inspired by the event. This 18-minute, short film about art, history, memory and cinema won the Directors’ Fornight at Cannes 2022.
Friday, May 5
Apollo 11 | dir. Todd Douglas Miller, 2019
This documentary looks at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin. (Trailer)
Saturday, May 13
Requiem for a Dream | dir. Darren Aronofsky, 2000
Harry (Jered Leto) and his girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) dream of transcending their life of hustling and owning a store. While his mother is obsessed with TV and diet pills and envisions her chance to shine again on a game show. However, their dreams are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiralling out of control. (Trailer)
Sunday, May 14
Downtown 81 | dir. Edo Bertoglio, 2000
The film is a day in the life of a young artist, Jean Michel Basquiat, who needs to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. (Trailer)
Sunday, May 28
Midnight Family | dir. Luke Lorentzen, 2019
In Mexico City’s wealthiest neighbourhoods, this documentary follows the Ochoa family, as they run a for-profit ambulance, competing with other unlicensed EMTs for patients in need of urgent care. In this cutthroat industry, they struggle to keep their financial needs from compromising the people in their care. (Trailer)
NEW + CONTINUING MUBI SPECIALS
Take a stroll with MUBI down the Boulevard de la Croisette and enjoy a few favourites from past editions of this annual, never less than glittering affair.
May 17 – Butterfly Vision (2022)
May 18 – The Lunchbox (2013)
May 19 – The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
May 20 – The Blackout (1997)
May 21 – Woman at War (2018)
May 22 – The Skin (1981)
May 23 – Hyenas (1992)
May 24 – Padre padrone (1977)
ARTIST IN FOCUS: ANA VAZ
This month, MUBI is proud to present a double bill, celebrating the work of experimental artist Ana Vaz. Her films explore intricate and powerful portraits of land, animals and people, both foreground narratives and perspectives that have been absent, or erased, from history – The Age of Stone (2013), a voyage into the far west of Brazil inspired by the epic construction of Brasília, and It is Night in America (2022), a wildlife eco-horror and nocturnal documentary that blurs the perspective of animals and humans.
May 8 – The Age of Stone (2013)
May 9 – It Is Night in America (2022)
KEN LOACH: A DOUBLE BILL
A household name with more than five decades in film and television behind him, it would be tempting to think of Ken Loach as something approaching an institution in British cinema. Nothing would horrify the man himself more, given his dedication across those years to railing against all manner of hierarchical and structural injustice, both at home and abroad. Even now, in his mid-80s, Loach’s cinematic activism—much like his productivity—remains undimmed.
May 6 – Jimmy’s Hall (2014)
May 7 – Black Jack (1979)
GILDED PASSIONS: FILMS BY MERCHANT IVORY
Known for their meticulous lyricism and literary qualities, Merchant Ivory productions are the crème de la crème of British cinema. Founded in 1961 by producer-directors Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, the film company is a multi-hyphenated affair. Echoing the diverse, transnational backgrounds of their creators, Merchant Ivory are drawn to stories about in-between experiences, and the boundaries of social class and financial wealth.
May 2 – Heat and Dust (1983)
May 4 – The Bostonians (1984)
May 11 – Maurice (1987)
May 15 – Howards End (1992)
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