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MUBI Is Set To Present A Number Of Independent, International Films This December

MUBI exclusive and Sundance-winning co-production 'Farewell Amor' from the BAFTA Breakthrough 2020 honoree Ekwa Msangi will premiere on December 18

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Murtaza Ali Khan
Murtaza Ali Khan
Executive Director of Transcontinental Times, Murtaza Ali Khan is an award-winning Film & TV critic and journalist. He can be reached at [email protected]

This December, MUBI is set to present a number of independent, international films, including its exclusive and Sundance-winning co-production, Farewell Amor (2020), from the BAFTA Breakthrough 2020 honoree Ekwa Msangi.

December Special - A still from Ekwa Msangi's 'Farewell Amor'
A still from Ekwa Msangi’s ‘Farewell Amor’ | Photo Credit: MUBI

A Sundance prize-winning family drama, Farewell Amor follows the uncomfortable reunion between an Angolan man and his wife and daughter, who move from their home to join him in New York after 17 years apart.

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MUBI would also present the premiere of Tripping With Nils Frahm (2020), an extraordinary musical journey featuring the legendary artist at a legendary location. The concert film captures a series of mesmerizing live performances at the iconic Funkhaus Berlin on the pianist, composer and producer’s sold-out, worldwide All Melody tour.

Read also: Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2020 To Be Announced On Dec. 7

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This month MUBI will also be presenting a classic Cold War double bill. Directed by Sidney Lumet and dropped on a jittery public, Fail Safe (1964) is the ticking Doomsday Clock as a straight-up thriller, stretched taut on the edge of Armageddon. Today, it’s a classic of claustrophobic suspense. Part two of the double bill is the gold standard for black comedy: Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, DrStrangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb(1964), mixes all the paranoia of the day (plus 3 iconic Peter Sellers performances!) into a hilarious, deadly cocktail and watches it go boom.

December Special - A still from Sidney Lumet's 'Fail Safe'
A still from Sidney Lumet’s ‘Fail Safe’ | Photo Credit: MUBI

There will also be a Double De Palma Bill show on offer in December. As one of the most divisive auteurs out there, MUBI will show Body Double (1984), which is pure De Palma: both irreverent and reverential, a stylish, twisted ode to Hitchcock. Causalities of War (1989) will also feature, and is a film based during the Vietnam War, telling the story of a soldier who finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager.

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This December, MUBI will also be presenting a focus on a filmmaker who persistently pushes the boundaries of his style to explore new vistas in mainstream cinema. We will show Bombay (1995) and Thiruda Thiruda (1994). With his earthy and observational visual style, Mani Ratnam initiated a significant new chapter in the history of Indian mainstream cinema. Making his debut in 1983 with the Kannada film Pallavi Anu Pallavi, Ratnam was a breath of fresh air in the Tamil film industry. His films explore the varied cultural milieus of Tamil Nadu and stand out for their simple yet insightful stories and highly relatable characters.

December Special - A still from Mani Ratnam's 'Bombay'
A still from Mani Ratnam’s ‘Bombay’ | Photo Credit: MUBI

The hallmarks of Ratnam’s films include ordinary characters, beautifully-etched interpersonal relationships, and an omnipresent socio-political subtext. Refreshingly, these works also manage to retain the quintessentially larger-than-life quality of popular cinema. Indian mainstream cinema is known for its song and dance tradition. Among his contemporaries and predecessors, Ratnam’s direction of musical sequences stands out for a magical ability to transform words into palpable emotions and rich, rhythmic images.

Another focus for the month will be a Mrinal Sen Retrospective featuring the films Akaler Shandhane (1980), Padatik (1973) and Antareen (1993). One of the pioneers of India’s Parallel Cinema movement, Mrinal Sen’s films have captured the political essence of India like few other filmmakers have. His work has been recognised and awarded at internationally renowned film festivals including Cannes, Venice and Berlin.

December Special - A still from Anurag Kashyap's 'Ugly'
A still from Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Ugly’ | Photo Credit: MUBI

Ugly (2013) from Anurag Kashyap premiered at Cannes Director’s Fortnight 2013 and tells the story of a child Kali who comes from a broken home. Kali lives with her mother and her step-father Shoumik, who heads the police detection squad in the city of Mumbai. One particular Saturday, when Kali is out with her father Rahul, she disappears. It will start streaming on the platform from December 19.

Directed by Bela Negi, Daayen Ya Baayen (2010) will be part of the Women of Indian Cinema focus. Set in a small village in Uttarakhand, the film revolves around the life of Ramesh Majila (Deepak Dobriyal), a schoolteacher in a remote hilly village, who happens to win a luxury car that takes him on an unexpected journey. It will start streaming on the platform from December 22.

Imtiaz Ali’s rom-com ‘Socha Na Tha’ starring Abhay Deol and Ayesha Takia will be another major attraction. It starts streaming from December 25.

The full schedules for December 2020 are below:

12/1/2020Fail-SafeSidney Lumet
12/2/2020FaithValentina Pedicini
12/3/2020Tripping With Nils FrahmBenoit Toulemonde
12/4/2020The PassengerMichelangelo Antonioni
12/5/2020Punch-Drunk LovePaul Thomas Anderson
12/6/2020Suddenly, Last SummerJoseph L. Mankiewicz
12/7/2020Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombStanley Kubrick
12/8/2020Barbs, WastelandMarta Mateus
12/9/2020Casualties of WarBrian De Palma
12/10/2020Body DoubleBrian De Palma
12/11/2020Cold MeridianPeter Strickland
12/12/2020Curse of the Golden FlowerZhang Yimou
12/13/2020Fando and LisAlejandro Jodorowsky
12/14/2020Anatomy of a MurderOtto Preminger
12/15/2020Bunny Lake Is MissingOtto Preminger
12/16/2020The People vs. Larry FlyntMiloš Forman
12/17/2020Inside JobCharles Ferguson
12/18/2020Farewell AmorEkwaMsangi
12/19/2020El TopoAlejandro Jodorowsky
12/20/2020Taxi DriverMartin Scorsese
12/21/202020th Century WomenMike Mills
12/22/2020DaayenYaBaayenBela Negi
12/23/2020The Last Picture ShowPeter Bogdanovich
12/24/2020So Long, My SonWang Xiaoshuai
12/25/2020The Adventures of TintinSteven Spielberg
12/26/2020The Holy MountainAlejandro Jodorowsky
12/27/2020All That JazzBob Fosse
12/28/2020All the Vermeers in New YorkJon Jost
12/29/2020California SplitRobert Altman
12/30/2020The Squid and the WhaleNoah Baumbach
12/31/2020Boyz n the HoodJohn Singleton
12/1/2020WomaniyaAakash ArunHindi
12/2/2020HarjeetManu SenBengali
12/3/2020LekhayudeMaranamOru FlashbackK. G. GeorgeMalayalam
12/4/2020BombayMani RatnamTamil
12/5/2020Bow BowPradeep KilikarTamil
12/6/2020ShreelancerSandeep MohanHindi, English
12/7/2020ZubaanMozez SinghHindi, Punjabi
12/8/2020Saraswati ChandraGovind SaraiyaHindi
12/9/2020Midnight’s ChildrenDeepa MehtaHindi
12/10/2020My Name is SaltFarida PachaHindi
12/11/2020ThirudaThirudaMani RatnamTamil
12/13/2020AkalerSandhaneMrinal SenBengali
12/14/2020Namak HalalPrakash MehraHindi
12/15/2020GhumaMahesh KaleMarathi
12/17/2020SanghatPinaki ChaudhuriBengali
12/18/2020Albert Pinto ko GussaKyonAata HaiSoumitra RanadeHindi
12/19/2020UglyAnurag KashyapHindi
12/20/2020DaayenYaBaayenBela Negi 
12/21/2020AntareenMrinal SenBengali
12/22/2020Pokkiri RajaS. P. MuthuramanTamil
12/23/2020Disco DancerBabbar SubhashHindi
12/24/2020AnbeSivamSundar CTamil
12/25/2020Socha Na ThaImtiaz AliHindi
12/26/2020Ottayaalpaatha (Narrow Path)Satish Babusenan, Santosh BabusenanMalayalam
12/27/2020Irutt (Darkness)Satish Babusenan, Santosh BabusenanMalayalam
12/28/2020Paayum PuliS. P. MuthuramanTamil
12/29/2020LonappanteMammodisaLeo ThaddeusMalayalam
12/30/2020PadatikMrinal SenBengali
12/31/2020Monsoon ShootoutAmit KumarHindi


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