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Global streaming platform, film distributor and production company MUBI has quietly positioned itself by word of mouth as the go-to film service for film lovers. Available in over 190 countries on the web, and from emerging directors to established cult classics, new films can be streamed on MUBI every single day. Additionally, it publishes ‘Notebook’, a film criticism and news publication, and provides weekly cinema tickets to selected new release films through MUBI GO. The uniquely curated platform has a refreshingly simple concept: each day, a film curator hand-picks a film. The platform offers a range of hand-picked features, filmmaker retrospectives, spotlights on major film festivals and more. This philosophy of quality over quantity is rooted in the belief that cinema should be accessible to everyone, from anywhere. MUBI’s catalogue is brimming with visionary films that appeal to both wider and niche audiences, as audiences can find subversive features alongside Hollywood favourites. 

Bringing you closer to independent cinema, NR has partnered with MUBI to curate a list of seven films that includes 30 days for free when you sign up. The features are as follows:


This work from Fellini is a semi-autobiographical, self-referential film about film. The 1963 classic follows director Guido Anselmi as he struggles in his search for creativity when creating his next project. Battling with his dreams and memories in search for inspiration, Anselmi is consumed with his visions, his artistic crisis leads him astray and we watch his life unravel around him. 

Coppola’s 2009 drama details the adventures of 17-year-old Bennie, who travels to Buenos Aires in search of his long-estranged brother Tetro. Along this journey, he meets a troubled soul who has abandoned his career as a writer. After his brother rejects him, Bennie takes it upon himself to finish one of Tetro’s plays and secretly submits it for a prize.

Shot in black and white and set on the streets of Buenos Aires, Coppola’s film is a spirited and complex tale of a family feud – one that is brimming with fabled archetypes and generational trauma. 

Shot during the summer of 1968 in Oakland, California, this documentary short explores the meetings organised by the Black Panthers Party to free Huey Newton, one of their leaders, and to turn his trial into a political debate. 

Documentarian and activist Agnès Varda dives headfirst into the conflict of the 60s and emerges with a provocative film that captures vital speeches from the movement’s leaders – something that is all too relevant today. 

A decade after the ‘social-democratic war of liberation’ in near-future New York, groups of women organise a feminist uprising in search for equality. Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with restoration funding from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association & The Film Foundation, this 1983 film is a unique example of feminist provocation and grungy, science-fiction futurism, charged with the energy of revolution. 

Confrontational and discursive, this documentary portrait of James Baldwin, subverts the expectations of a group of presumptuous white filmmakers in this rarely seen, Paris-set short film that explores the towering figure of 20th-century American literature, Black culture and political thought, filmed in Paris. Director Terrence Dixon crafts an illuminating snapshot of Baldwin’s intellectual worldview. 

This 2009 LQBTQ+ drama details an English professor mourning the loss of his partner. Unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles, the professor finds his life increasingly difficult to face, and he is faced with a decision about his future in this world. 

The first film from the iconic designer Tom Ford, ‘A Single Man’ is a highly stylised exploration of love and loss, and established Ford as a talent to watch.

This 2020 short drama follows a woman who watches time passing next to the suitcases of her ex-lover and a restless dog who doesn’t understand that his master has abandoned him. Both living beings are dealing with abandonment.

Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar has teamed up with Tilda Swinton for a loose adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s timeless play and for the filmmaker’s English-language debut.


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