Mubi: March

MUBI Spotlights Maverick Female Pink
Film Producer Keiko Sato in March Lineup 

ABNORMAL FAMILY
MUBI Celebrates World Sleep Day with the Premiere of Max Richter’s Sleep
 
New York, NY ­— February 18, 2021 — MUBI has revealed its picks for March with a slate packed with new retrospectives and exclusive premieres. Coming exclusively to MUBI at the start of next month is Epicentro, the latest work from Oscar®-nominated director Hubert Sauper, which explores post-colonial Cuba and the extraordinary people of Havana. MUBI will also exclusively present Max Richter’s Sleep, a meditative documentary following the groundbreaking musician and composer behind acclaimed film soundtracks like Ad Astra, as he creates his landmark eight-hour performance for a sleeping audience.
Other exclusive premieres include the brand new restoration of The Legend of the Stardust Brothers, the beloved ‘80s cult musical by Macoto Tezka, and Morgan Quaintance’s South, an expressionistic meditation on liberation movements in South London and Chicago’s South Side.
Throughout March, MUBI is proud to present a series dedicated to Keiko Sato, one of the driving forces behind the unique Japanese “pink film” genre and a rare female producer in what was a male-dominated industry. This selection spotlights some of the most erotic and distinctive work produced by Sato from Atsushi Yamatoya’s visually enthralling Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands to Masayuki Suo’s debut film Abnormal Family.
Other programs of note include: an exclusive double bill dedicated to pioneering experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer, featuring Deborah Stratman’s Vever (For Barbara) and Lynne Sachs’ A Month of Single Frames, both of which were films made with and for Hammer from her unused footage, and a triple bill on iconic independent filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell, who rose to prominence with his 1992 Sundance award-winning feature In the Soup.
Highlights from the March lineup are as follows:
EXCLUSIVELY ON MUBI
Exclusive streaming premieres from the most prestigious international film festivals and rediscovered classics selected by MUBI’s curators

EPICENTRO
[MUBI Spotlight] Next month, MUBI will proudly present the exclusive online premiere of Oscar®-nominated documentarian Hubert Sauper’s newest film Epicentro. Winner of the World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize at last year’s Sundance, this self-reflexive essay film is an immersive and metaphorical portrait of post-colonial Cuba, meditating on legacies of interventionism, imperialism, and myth-making.
Epicentro — March 5

THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS
[Rediscovered] MUBI is excited to present the streaming premiere of a brand new restoration of the beloved camp pop musical The Legend of the Stardust Brothers. Featuring a cast of some of Japan’s most famous musicians of the 1980s, the cult phenomenon is filled with extravagant performances, surprising twists, and seemingly endless costume changes.

MAX RICHTER’S SLEEP
[MUBI Release] On World Sleep Day, the celebrated documentary Max Richter’s Sleep (Sundance ‘20) will have its exclusive online premiere on MUBI. This striking visual portrait of acclaimed composer and musician Max Richter’s unprecedented 8-hour open-air concert is an unmatched, immersive experience. Exploring the origins and making of this ambitious opus, the film is an entrancing depiction of the creative process.
Max Richter’s Sleep — March 19

SOUTH
[Brief Encounters] British filmmaker Morgan Quaintance draws historical parallels between anti-racist and anti-authoritarian freedom movements in Chicago’s South Side and South London. Winner of the New:Vision award at CPH:DOX last year, South is a deeply urgent and expressionistic work.
South — March 25

EAGLE PENNELL: REGIONAL INDEPENDENT – Exclusive

A HELL OF A NOTE
A double bill dedicated to the Texan outlaw filmmaker and foundational figure of American independent cinema Eagle Pennell, this selection features new restorations of two of his influential, yet rarely seen works. This includes The Whole Shootin’ Match, whose aesthetic and narrative freedom inspired Robert Redford to start the Sundance Film Festival.
A Hell of a Note — March 2

THE INIMITABLE IMAGE: AN AMIT DUTTA RETROSPECTIVE – Exclusive

THE SEVENTH WALK
Next month marks the exclusive release of the final installment in MUBI’s ongoing 20-film retrospective dedicated to experimental filmmaker Amit Dutta, one of India’s most distinctive and unique contemporary cinematic voices. Perhaps the director’s most celebrated work to date, The Seventh Walk (Rotterdam ‘14) is an abstract, playful portrait of landscape artist Paramjit Singh.
The Seventh Walk — March 17

KEIKO SATO: PINKU MAVERICK

BLUE FILM WOMAN
Throughout March, MUBI will spotlight the most distinctive Japanese “pink films” made by maverick female producer Keiko Sato. Blending salacious erotic content with experimental aesthetics and psychological themes, these pink films constitute a truly original genre in international cinema, attracting a host of up-and-coming directors who found within the genre room to experiment, play, and transgress. The selection includes the Yasujiro Ozu parody Abnormal Family, whose director Masayuki Suo would go on to direct the international success Shall We Dance?
Blue Film Woman — March 10
Gushing Prayer — March 24
Abnormal Family — March 30

WAYS OF SEEING THROUGH BARBARA HAMMER – Exclusive

VEVER (FOR BARBARA)
On International Women’s Day and nearly two years after her death, MUBI will pay tribute to the luminary work of experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer. Born from Hammer’s own initiative, which invited filmmakers to create new films with her unused footage, this double bill features two films that engage with her lasting creative legacy: Lynne Sachs’s A Month of Single Frames (Oberhausen ‘20) and Deborah Stratman’s Vever (For Barbara) (Berlin ‘19).
 
Vever (for Barbara) — March 9

ALEXANDRE ROCKWELL TRIPLE BILL

IN THE SOUP
MUBI is excited to present this triple bill dedicated to Alexandre Rockwell, a key figure in the American independent film scene of the 1980s and 90s. The selection features three new restorations of his work from this period. This includes Lenz, his adaptation of George Buchner’s novella transposed from 18th century Germany to the 80s NYC punk scene, Hero, the first feature shot by prolific cinematographer Rober Yeoman, and the acclaimed In the Soup, winner of multiple awards at Sundance 1992 including the Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic Competition).
In the Soup — March 20
Lenz — March 21
Hero — March 22

STRANGE TRAVELS: A JOHN MARINGOUIN DOUBLE BILL

GHOSTBOX COWBOY
In March, MUBI will spotlight American filmmaker John Maringouin with a double bill that features an exclusive presentation of his celebrated documentary Running Stumbled (Rotterdam ‘06), which garnered multiple awards, including an Indie Spirit Award nomination. The selection also highlights his debut narrative feature Ghostbox Cowboy (Tribeca ‘18), a modern parable about a Texas entrepreneur reinventing himself in China’s booming tech industry.
Ghostbox Cowboy — March 27
Running Stumbled — March 28 — Exclusive

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