Leading curated streaming platform MUBI announced today its May release slate of films and curated series from both emerging talent and acclaimed directors from across the globe. The Cannes Film Festival, quite rightly, dominates next month’s line-up, with a new Cannes Official Selection each day for the duration of the festival. MUBI’s cream of the Croisette features such past festival favorites as: Lars von Trier’s controversial Antichrist, Cristi Puiu’s seminal Romanian New Wave classic The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu, Cristian Mungiu’s groundbreaking and harrowing 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s game-changer Amores Perros, and the 2007 Grand Prize winner, The Kid with a Bike, from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

Cannes Takeover

MUBI’s 2019 Cannes Takeover is a force to be reckoned with. While the best of international cinema graces the famed Croisette, MUBI will present an impressive selection of 12 films from the festival’s past — one for every day of this year’s program. The stacked line-up includes Palme d’Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Cristi Puiu’s Romanian New Wave masterwork The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu, the beloved Amores Perros from none other than this year’s jury president Alejandro González Iñárritu, and career bests from last year’s Cannes heavyweights — Lars von Trier (The House That Jack Built), Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Nadine Labaki (Capernaum), and Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters). Plus highlights from Gus Van Sant, the Dardenne brothers and Takashi Miike — and let’s not forget Tommy Lee Jones’ sublime revisionist western, The Homesman.

Here are the Asian titles:

Caramel – May 1
by Nadine Labaki (Lebanon, France – 2007)

The film interweaves stories of five Lebanese women living in Beirut, showing their sorrows and pains, their joys and happiness. It manages to paint a picture of an extremely diverse Muslim society. Through the stories of these five women we see five different ways of life.

Nobody Knows – May 1
by Hirokazu Kore-eda (Japan – 2004)

Winner of the Best Actor prize at Cannes for its young star Yûya Yagira, a twelve-year-old boy named Akira must care for his three younger siblings when their irresponsible mother leaves them in their Tokyo apartment with very little money.

Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai – May 22
by Takashi Miike (Japan – 2011)

Seeking an honorable end, poverty-stricken samurai Hanshiro requests to commit hara-kiri in the courtyard of a feudal lord’s estate. Trying to dismiss Hanshiro’s wish to save face, the lord recounts the tragic story of a similar plea years ago from a young ronin…

Full line-up and schedule will be announced at a later date.

On paper I am an Italian living in London, in reality I was born and bread in a popcorn bucket. I've loved cinema since I was a little child and I’ve always had a passion and interest for Asian (especially Japanese) pop culture, food and traditions, but on the cinema side, my big, first love is Hong Kong Cinema. Then - by a sort of osmosis - I have expanded my love and appreciation to the cinematography of other Asian countries. I like action, heroic bloodshed, wu-xia, Shaw Bros (even if it’s not my specialty), Anime, and also more auteur-ish movies. Anything that is good, really, but I am allergic to rom-com (unless it’s a HK rom-com, possibly featuring Andy Lau in his 20s)"