Mubi: Streaming New Discoveries Series of Festival Highlights

January 9, 2017–Curated streaming platform MUBI announced today the launch of its new Discoveries series, which features new films each month, picked straight from the international film festival circuit, streaming exclusively on MUBI across the globe.

The series will spotlight the work of acclaimed and established directors as well as some of the most talented emerging filmmakers from around the world.
MUBI’s Director of Content Daniel Kasman said, “Countless wonderful and inspiring films made all over the world are seen only at select film festivals, unfairly left undistributed and inaccessible to most audiences. So it is with great pleasure that we’re launching MUBI’s Discoveries series, a programming initiative through which we will introduce these essential, previously unavailable but extraordinary works of international cinema to the largest possible audience.”
The first film in the Discoveries series will be Damien Manivel’s Le Parc, which had its world premiere at Cannes ACID 2016, and went on to dazzle audiences at the Torino, Mar del Plata and Vienna festivals. Recently hailed by The Film Stage as one of the top 10 undistributed films of 2016, Le Parc is a beguiling minimalist romance from a tremendously talented young director. The film will play exclusively and globally on MUBI from February 10 to March 11.
Following the release of Le Parc, MUBI plans to present two Discoveries films each month. In March, the series will focus on the refugee crisis and conflict in the Middle East with powerful documentaries from Syria and Israel. In April, Discoveries will highlight the work of Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, Nocturama) as both actor and writer/director. Inaugural festival titles launching in the series are as follows:

Le Parc Damien Manivel, France (71 Minutes) Exclusive global streaming release on MUBI: February 10 Official Selection: Cannes ACID, Vienna Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, Gent Film Festival, CPH:PIX Copenhagen Film Festival, Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Mar del Plata Film Festival and Valdivia International Film Festival
A teenage boy and girl have their first date in a park. Hesitant and shy at first, they soon discover each other, get closer as they wander, and end up falling in love. But as the sun goes down, it is time to part… And a dark night begins.

Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait Wiam Bedirxan & Ossama Mohammed, Syria/France (92 Minutes) Exclusive global streaming release on MUBI: March 3 Official Selection: Toronto Film Festival, Cannes Special Screening, Locarno Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Busan Film Festival, London Film Festival, Vienna Film Festival, CPH: DOX Copenhagen Film Festival and Torino Film Festival
A look at first-hand video accounts of violence in modern-day Syria as filmed by activists in the besieged city of Homs.
Between Fences Avi Mograbi, Israel/France (71 Minutes) Exclusive global streaming release on MUBI: March 17 Official Selection: Berlinale — Forum, Cinéma du Réel, Rio de Janeiro Film Festival and DocAviv Film Festival
Avi Mograbi and Chen Alon meet African asylum-seekers in a detention facility in the middle of the Negev desert where they are confined by the state of Israel. Together, they question the status of the refugees in Israel using “Theater of the Oppressed” techniques. What leads men and women to leave everything behind and go towards the unknown? Can the Israelis working with the asylum seekers put themselves in the refugee’s shoes?

Sara Winchester Bertrand Bonello, France (24 Minutes) Exclusive global streaming release on MUBI: April Official Selection: New York Film Festival, San Sebastian, FID Marseille, Mar del Plata Film Festival and Torino Film Festival.
A musician and stage director, played by Reda Kateb, is standing facing his console, making some sound tests. He is rehearsing in the auditorium of the Opéra de Paris. From there, he is directing prima ballerina Marie-Agnès Gillot for an opera entitled Sarah Winchester, which is inspired by the life of this American woman whose fate was so peculiar.

Rouge Antoine Barraud, France (58 Minutes)

Exclusive global streaming release on MUBI: April Official Selection: Côté court Festival
A famous filmmaker works on his next film, which will focus on monstrosity. He is obsessed by the idea of finding a painting that will be central to the film and will crystallize all the power and beauty of monsters. But what he doesn’t show to anyone, not even his wife, is the mark on his back that keeps getting bigger. This red mark worries him, upsets him, and seems to want to tell him something… Starring Bertrand Bonello in one of his few acting roles, this rare work is the alternative and almost never-seen-before version of the feature-length Les Dos Rouge (Berlinale 2015).
This announcement of Discoveries follows MUBI’s launch on the Roku platform, as well as its entrance into the U.S. theatrical marketplace this fall with Baden Baden, to be followed by a 2017 release of the acclaimed Un Certain Regard winner The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki.

About MUBI   MUBI is a subscription video on demand service streaming cult, classic and award-winning films to members in over 200 territories globally.   MUBI is centered around a philosophy of curation rather than excessive choice, offering just 30 hand-picked movies at any given time. Every day a film is added to the list, and one drops off the bottom. The quality of the choices means its members can watch a masterpiece or take a confident chance on a new film they may not have heard of. MUBI believes everyone should be watching great cinema, not just searching for it.   MUBI recently expanded its acquisitions strategy, garnering a series of all-rights acquisitions out of this year’s Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals. The company entered the theatrical arena with Arabian Nights, its first U.K. theatrical acquisition following the film’s presentation at the Cannes Film Festival. Last month, MUBI released Eugène Green’s The Son of Joseph in the U.K and has slated a spring 2017 U.K. release for Bruno Dumont’s Cannes Palme d’Or nominee Slack Bay, as well as both a U.S. and U.K. theatrical release for The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, winner of the Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes and the European Discovery – Prix FIPRESCI European Film Award. MUBI also released Rachel Lang’s Baden Baden in New York and Los Angeles in November 2016.   MUBI subscription plans are $5.99 a month or $47.99 for 12 months. MUBI is available at mubi.com, on the Roku platform, PlayStation, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Samsung Smart TVs, as well as on mobile devices including iPad, iPhone and Android, where members can download films and save them for offline watching — making great cinema truly portable.   MUBI has offices in London, San Francisco and New York.