MUBI Update 5 July 2012

This week on MUBI we’ve launched another one of our collaborations with stellar film label INDEX, to bring you some of the best Austrian experimental cinema:

Films by Kurt Kren

Austrian avant-garde master Kurt Kren’s most famous films document the infamous art happenings of Viennese Actionists like Otto Mühl in the 1960s. Through innovative rapid in-camera editing Kren transformed them into violent, yet lyrical visual poems of body transformation at the limits of perception.

Available: everywhere!

MUBI: Kren

The other big recommendation this week, also playing everywhere, is one of the big gems from the 2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam, where it played in the Bright Futures section: Yulene Olaizola’s Artificial Paradises.

The director of the award-winning documentary Shakespeare and Victor Hugo’s Intimacies makes an impressive feature debut with an atmospheric narrative about a young woman addicted to heroin who tries to break the habit in a week on the Mexican Gulf Coast and makes contact there with a mysterious neighbour.


Luisa—25 and addicted to ‘chiva’ (heroin)—retires to a hotel by the sea near Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico. During her stay—for more than a week—she meets the old, mysterious, heavy-duty cannabis user Salomon, in whom she thinks she recognises a fellow soul. A bond develops between the two of them. Artificial Paradises, named after an anthology by the French poet Baudelaire from 1860, is a melodrama imbued with drugs and drink. Not much is explained: dialogues are scarce (although there is a bit of singing). The young Mexican director Yulene Olaizola, who had previously made short films and documentaries, tells her story with very atmospheric images. The photography is beautiful, although the landscape is not the Veracruz from holiday folders. —IFFR

Available: everywhere!

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litterature 5 July, 2012 @ 11:03 am   1

Can you explain me why it’s only for UK( The new price)
i paid actually 12.99€ for the same service in France … I don’t continu to have a suscription with you guys really annoying …. Shame on you 🙁

    Danny Kasman 6 July, 2012 @ 4:50 pm    

    Hi litterature—MUBI UK is a new VOD offering from MUBI: 30 films available at any time, for that cheaper price.

    We are not yet offering that service in France yet; the price is staying the same in France for now because you have access to 1200+ movies whereas UK users have access to 30 with the new service.

European_Gamer 5 July, 2012 @ 11:32 am   2

I know you at MUBI love classic film and also “Cannes type” movies, but have you considered widening you catalogue to also include quality movies from bigger studios and blockbuster movies? Or is it completely unthinkable to have a super hero movie (like the newer Batman films) in MUBI?

    Danny Kasman 6 July, 2012 @ 4:51 pm    

    Hi European_Gamer! We of course love all kinds of great movies, big and small, and are indeed working on getting some bigger titles on the platform. At the same time, however, these films are easily available via other sources and we want to bring a unique offering, which is something we’re always considering as well.

chrisandsheva 5 July, 2012 @ 1:59 pm   3

Am not sure about this service.. i mean in theory it sounds amazing, But when i actually searched the ‘collections’ i really cannot say it’s actually fulfilling it’s description, or am i missing search options/full access ?. i appreciate there is a effort to cater for ‘certain’ genres, but i have never really yet found more than a few really ‘fitting’ titles, of course it’s good, well essential to give the unheard of and unknown/proven a ‘outlet’ to become recognised, but i just get a feeling of, too many, please try and put more balance into the collections/offers.. and like above comment says, you Can (horror !) also put on ‘some’ mainsteam, i mean just like film makers need a place to show there wares.. people also need a starting point, a more realistic (or Not ?) one to get accustomed to your particular direction(s) regards film, ie, Everyone has to start somewhere.. wheres the vision to maybe introduce (gradually) people to the more refined, different approaches and all absolute ‘hidden’ gems that are within reach, but will sadly never be seen ?.. anyway i haven’t searched mubi for a while, i might give it a look at soon though.

smokeypsd 5 July, 2012 @ 5:48 pm   4

@2, the films you speak of ie mainstream blockbuster films are easily obtained and distributed around the globe. Not the point of Mubi. Mubi is a curated online cinema and community. There would be no point to stick batman on it when you can easily go pick it up on bluray pretty much anywhere. Every film has been put on the service for one reason or another. Cultural relevance, lack of previous distribution, respected auteur, etc.

I highly recommend people actually view Mubi on a PC because the PS3 app while great for viewing videos really doesn’t do the community aspect justice. It’s first and foremost a community for people who love and are involved in film. You can also watch films if you like. That’s the crux of it all

IvanFoul 5 July, 2012 @ 8:49 pm   5

@4 thankyou. everytime I read mubi update comments it breaks my heart.

lunalicrichard 6 July, 2012 @ 9:39 pm   6

Mubi is not the right service for Playstation .Why ? It’s old,stale and far to expensive for the content you get .
Sony should can this and find a good movie service at a good price .
And it should be subscription based . A fixed amount per month for a number of films a month .
That’s what Europeans want from Playstation and Xbox ! Since we can’t get Netflix in Europe , we want a similar deal .
With HBO series , new movies that play now or have played recently, and a good back library .

smokeypsd 7 July, 2012 @ 12:02 am   7

@5 Me too. Mubi is a wonderful community and service. I hope these constant idiots don’t dissuade the guys behind the running of it on Playstation, it was a great move.

litterature 8 July, 2012 @ 5:43 pm   8

ok thanks for the reply Danny i understand much more now 😉