FROM 29 April 2021
Watch Award-winning French films from MUBI
This week we take a look at some of the great titles which are coming up in May on MUBI. To give you some ideas we’ve picked our top four, which are a mixture of documentaries, feature films, and shorts.
Included in the line-up is The Things of Life, based on a novel by Paul Guimard. Directed by previous Festival guest Claude Sautet, it circles around a car accident experienced by Pierre (Piccoli) and the events leading up to and after it.
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Personal Shopper / Personal Shopper
Available 2 May
Dir Olivier Assayas
Maureen, mid-20s, is a personal shopper for a media celebrity. The job pays for her stay in Paris, a city she refuses to leave until she makes contact with the spirit of her twin brother who died there. Her life becomes more complicated when strange anonymous text messages start appearing on her phone.
Cannes Film Festival (2016)
Winner: Best Director
Director Olivier Assayas
Cast Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie
2016 | France, Germany | English | 106 mins
Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno / L’enfer d’Henri-Georges Clouzot
Available 3 May
Dirs Serge Bromberg & Ruxandra Medreau
Documentary. In 1964, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s production of L’Enfer starring Romy Schneider came to a sudden halt after only three weeks. The initial footage was forgotten about for over fifty years till film archivist Serge Bromberg uncovered a treasure trove of breathtaking imagery, and from it tells us of what would have been a unique film.
Directors Serge Bromberg & Ruxandra Medrea
2009 | France | French with English subtitles | 100 mins.
The Things of Life / Les Choses de la vie
Available 17 May
Dir Claude Sautet
In the aftermath of a violent car crash, as Pierre lies semi-conscious beside the burning wreckage of his car, his life flashes before his eyes – specifically, his complex entanglement with two very different women: his dutiful, long-suffering wife and his adoring, free-spirited mistress.
Director Claude Sautet
Cast Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider
1970 | France, Italy | French with English subtitles | 81 mins.
Tender / Tendre
Available 26 May
Dir Isabel Pagliai
Documentary. On a hot summer day by a small lake, 11-year-old Mia asks Hugo, 15, to tell her about his love story with Chaïnes. Despite his reluctance, memories of evenings spend with her at the edge of the lake a few months earlier come flooding back.
IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival (2020)
Winner, Short Film Grand Prize
Director Isabel Pagliai
2020 | France | French with English subtitles | 43 mins.
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