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New to Streaming: The Criterion Channel, ‘Bisbee ’17,’ ‘Native Son,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes)

In lauding Miguel Gomes’ three-part, six-and-a-half hour behemoth, it’s perhaps important to consider his background as a critic. Not just in terms of the trilogy’s cinephilic engagement with Rossellini, Alonso, Oliveira, etc.; also in its defiant nature. While it’s easy to assign the trilogy certain humanist and satirical labels from the get-go and just praise these films for following through on them, Gomes continually seeks to mutate and complicate his of age-of-austerity saga. Far from perfect, and so much more exciting for that very reason. – Ethan V.

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Bait (Mark Jenkin)

For his debut feature,
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #88. Alexanderplatz – Burhan Qurbani


Alfred Doblin’s acclaimed 1929 novel Berlin Alexanderplatz has been remade as Alexanderplatz for Afghan-German director Burhan Qurbani’s fourth feature. First adapted in 1931, Doblin’s seminal text was famously made into a fifteen-hour television series by Rainer Werner Fassbinder in 1980. Produced by Leif Alexis, Jochen Laube and Fabian Maubach through Sommerhaus Filmproduktion, Lemming Film, Zdf, and Arte, the film is lensed by cinematographer Yoshi Heimrath (who also worked on Qurbani’s Shahada in 2010 for We Are Young. We Are Strong in 2014). Starring in the lead is Welket Bungue, supported by Jella Haase, Joachim Krol and Annabelle Mandeng. Qurbani competed for the Golden Bear in 2010 with Shahada.…
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The Best Films of 2018, According to the Indie Film Community

Every year, critics summarize the year in cinema with top 10 lists, but they’re not the only members of the film community paying attention to the art form all year long. From programmers to publicists, sales agents, and distributors, many of the hardworking influencers behind the scenes are passionate movie buffs tracking the highlights of the year both for work and their personal enjoyment.

So while IndieWire has already provided its own rundowns of the best of 2018, this annual tradition provides an opportunity for the indie film community we cover throughout the year to weigh in. Here’s what they had to say.

Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head, Tiff

“Roma” d. Alfonso Cuaron “The Favourite” d. Yorgos LanthimosWidows” d. Steve McQueenLeave No Trace” d. Debra Granik “If Beale Street Could Talk” d. Barry JenkinsYou Were Never Really Here” d. Lynne RamsayBlack Panther” d. Ryan Coogler “Burning” d.
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Afghan-German Helmer Burhan Qurbani Tackles ‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’

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Afghan-German filmmaker Burhan Qurbani, director of hard-hitting social drama “We Are Young. We Are Strong,” is adapting Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel “Berlin Alexanderplatz,” one of Germany’s most renowned literary works of the past century. It was adapted twice previously, most famously by Rainer Werner Fassbinder as a 1980 miniseries that remains an acclaimed and beloved classic. Departing from the book’s 1920s setting, Qurbani’s story takes place in the African refugee community of present-day Berlin. He spoke to Variety about the challenges of adapting a masterpiece, the refugee crisis and being haunted by Fassbinder.

How did the project come about?

Some four years ago I started working on the idea to adapt the novel. And then the refugee crisis came upon us. Of course there are many, many tragic, terrible, disturbing, wonderful and heart-warming original stories that refugees have to tell and those should be told. I chose a
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Rushes. New Fassbinder, "Stalin" Banned, De Havilland Sues

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.Recommended VIEWINGWe're very much in love with Zama, Lucrecia Martel's long-anticipated return to filmmaking. The new trailer calls us back to our encounter of the film at Toronto last year and our conversation with the director.We all know that Rainer Werner Fassbinder made a lot—a whole lot—of films in his all too brief 15 years of activity, but it's truly remarkable how new (old) work of his keeps appearing. First there was the revelation of World on a Wire (1973) and now another made-for-tv epic has been restored and is being re-released, Eight Hours Are Not a Day (1972-1973). We wonder what other future delights and provocations Rwf has in store for us!Recommended READINGDoll & EmAt The Guardian, Lili Loofbourow takes a look at how stories about women are perceived and received differently than those about men.
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‘Get Out’ and ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Lead Sight & Sound’s Best Films of 2017 Poll

The best in 2017 polls and lists continue today with one of the most respected organizations, Sight & Sound. After polling over 180 critics from around the world, Jordan Peele’s Get Out landed in the top spot while close behind, with some controversy, is David Lynch and Mark Frost’s 18-part Showtime series Twin Peaks (which, fittingly, arrives on Blu-ray today).

Although the man who directed every episode has insisted his monumental undertaking is a film from the beginning, we imagine some may not agree with the distinction. Yet, three-plus decades later, many would classify Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 14-part, 931-minute miniseries Berlin Alexanderplatz as a film, so perhaps we just need some more distance.

The excellent list also features Call Me by Your Name, Good Time, A Ghost Story, mother!, and Personal Shopper, as well as a handful of stellar 2018 U.S. releases (Zama, Western, You Were Never Really Here) and some 2016 U.
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‘Mrs. Fang’: Wang Bing Tackles Death In His Latest Documentary [Tiff Review]

Documentarian Wang Bing has earned serious credibility in arthouse circles with his intimate, perceptive portraits of contemporary Chinese life. The filmmaker is probably best known for 2003’s “Tie Xi Qiu: West of the Tracks,” a nine-hour opus that has rightfully earned its place alongside “Shoah,” “Berlin Alexanderplatz” and “Out 1” in cinema’s endurance test hall of fame.

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New to Streaming: ‘T2: Trainspotting, Bong Joon Ho, ‘Mimosas,’ ‘Daughters of the Dust,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash)

That there’s a fair chance you’ve never seen Daughters of the Dust — full disclosure: I am among these people — should be taken as a failure of distribution and exposure, not the film’s quality and impact. There’s also a fair chance that the closest you’ve really come to Julie Dash‘s 1991 film is Beyoncé’s Lemonade, which paid a direct visual tribute that,
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Rumble Fish / Edgar Wallace Collection

Rumble Fish



1940 / B&W / 1:85 / Street Date April 25, 2017

Starring: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane.

Cinematography: Stephen Burum

Film Editor: Barry Malkin

Written by S.E. Hinton and Francis Ford Coppola

Produced by Francis Ford Coppola

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Rumble Fish, Francis Ford Coppola’s Young Adult tone poem, unspools in a black and white never-never land of sullen teens, pool tables and pompadours. It may take a moment for the audience to suss out that we’re not in the Eisenhower era with Chuck Berry, Marilyn Monroe and the Cold War but squarely in Reagan’s domain of MTV, Madonna and the Cold War.

Set in a destitute Oklahoma town with the ghost of The Last Picture Show whistling through its empty streets, Matt Dillon plays Rusty, an inveterate gang-banger growing up in the shadow of his older brother played by Mickey Rourke, a reformed juvenile
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Hanna Schygulla Remembers Rainer Werner Fassbinder: ‘I’m One of the Survivors’

Hanna Schygulla Remembers Rainer Werner Fassbinder: ‘I’m One of the Survivors’
Rainer Werner Fassbinder made more than 40 features in his 37 years on this planet, 23 of which starred Hanna Schygulla. The two first met in their early 20s when they were attending acting school in Munich, hitting it off instantly: “It suddenly became crystal clear to me that Hanna Schygulla would one day be the star of my films,” the New German Cinema stalwart wrote. “Maybe even something like their driving force.”

Schygulla was recently interviewed by the Guardian on the eve of an extensive BFI retrospective dedicated to Fassbinder, referring to herself as “one of the survivors” of the “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul” and “The Marriage of Maria Braun” director.

Read More: Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Top 10 Favorite Films

“He had a strong smell about him,” she recalls. “He smelled how he looked. Like a spotty rebel filled with angst.” Fassbinder, who died of an overdose in 1982, cast the actress in his debut film.
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The muse and the monster: Fassbinder's favourite star on surviving his abuse

He tormented his actors, threw drinks at his cameraman, and died of an overdose at 37, leaving behind two dead lovers – and an extraordinary body of work. As a Fassbinder season begins at the BFI, Hanna Schygulla reveals how she survived

It is 35 years since the magnificent and monstrous director Rainer Werner Fassbinder died from a drugs overdose. His addiction to alcohol and cocaine was as widely known as his bisexuality, and his propensity for cruelly manipulating anyone who entered his orbit. Though he was just 37 years old at the time of his death, he had already made more than 40 features: most famously Fear Eats the Soul, a melodrama about a German widow who falls for an Arab immigrant more than 20 years her junior; Fox and His Friends, starring Fassbinder himself as a gauche carnival worker exploited by his boyfriend; and The Marriage of Maria Braun, in which a single-minded newlywed
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Blu-ray Review: Fassbinder's Fox And His Friends Cuts Just As Deep 40 Years Later

Rainer Wener Fassbinder has always been an artist I've respected by reputation, rather than through a deep knowledge or understanding of his work. In fact, I've only see a handful of Fassbinder films and I will admit to tapping out of the 15-hour Berlin Alexanderplatz several episodes before it ended. However, as I've grown older, and have now actually reached the age at which Fassbinder's life and career ended, I've grown far more interested in the view he had of the world and the immense body of work that resulted. The greatest of which I've encountered so far is this film, 1974's Fox and His Friends. Fassbinder is Franz, or Fox to his friends working at the carnival, and at the beginning of our story...

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Episode 179 – Criterion Collection Wish List for 2017

Episode Links Past Wish List Episodes Episode 63.9 – Disc 3 – Top Criterion Blu-ray Upgrades for 2011 Episode 110 – Criterion Collection Blu-ray Upgrade Wish List for 2012 Episode 136 – Criterion Collection Blu-ray Upgrade Wish List for 2013 Episode 146 – Criterion Collection Blu-ray Upgrade Wish List for 2014 Episode 154 – Criterion Collection Blu-ray Upgrade Wish List for 2015 Episode 169 – Criterion Collection Blu-ray Upgrade Wish List for 2016 DVD to BluRay Wish Lists Aaron: The Shop on Main Street Pickup on South Street Arik: Cleo from 5 to 7 Berlin Alexanderplatz Mark: Taste of Cherry Sisters David: Do the Right Thing Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Ld to Blu-Ray Wish Lists Aaron: Blue Velvet (Announced as Ld Spine #219 but never released) Early Hitchcock Box (Sabotage, The Secret Agent, Young and Innocent, The Lodger, The Man Who Knew Too Much) Arik: A Night at the Opera Singin’ in the Rain Mark: 2001: A Space Odyssey The Producers David: I Am Cuba Letter From an Unknown Woman
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In the Age of ‘Lemonade’ and ‘Made In America,’ Should We Still Be Thinking of Film and TV As Different Media? — Critics Survey

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In the Age of ‘Lemonade’ and ‘Made In America,’ Should We Still Be Thinking of Film and TV As Different Media? — Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question:

Recently, there has been a lot of chatter regarding projects like “O.J.: Made in America” (an eight-hour documentary that was produced by Espn but premiered at Sundance) and “Lemonade” (which needs no prior introduction, and debuted on HBO), and whether they should be classified as films or television shows.

The conversation has only grown more heated and urgent in the shadow of awards season, which demands that things be lumped into a small number of binary categories: Actor / Actress, Comedy / Drama, Fiction / Documentary, Film / Television. In a world where feature films are premiering on Netflix and miniseries-length documentaries are eligible for Oscars, should
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Contradictory forces by Anne-Katrin Titze

Deutschland 83 star and Stefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe director Maria Schrader with Anne-Katrin Titze Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Maria Schrader's Stefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe (Vor Der Morgenröte – Stefan Zweig In Amerika), co-written with Jan Schomburg, is a sharp and vital depiction of Zweig's life in exile (1936-1942), portrayed by Josef Hader with nuance and grace. Aenne Schwarz is Lotte, the writer's loyal second wife and the good spirit who organizes with their faithful interpreter/guide Vitor (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart) the couple's time in Brazil. Barbara Sukowa is Friderike, the writer's ex-wife. With a great Austrian accent the legendary Rainer Werner Fassbinder star (Berlin Alexanderplatz) and Margarethe von Trotta stronghold says the words unlike any other as she signals the years of the past married life with a single glance.

Josef Hader as Stefan Zweig: "I'm not Thomas Mann. I cannot send away all the petitioners."

The cinematography
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NYC Weekend Watch: Robert Aldrich, Eric Rohmer, Philip Seymour Hoffman & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.


A Robert Aldrich retrospective has begun and is rich with pleasures.

The Howard Hughes-produced Cock of the Air and Visconti‘s Sandra screen on Sunday.

Chantal Akerman‘s masterpiece News from Home plays this Friday and Saturday. The Disney documentary Monkey Kingdom shows on the latter day and Sunday.

Museum of Modern Art
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‘Unless’ Exclusive Trailer: Catherine Keener Stars As A Writer Whose Daughter Decides To Live On The Streets

‘Unless’ Exclusive Trailer: Catherine Keener Stars As A Writer Whose Daughter Decides To Live On The Streets
Canadian writer Carol Shields wrote numerous novels, short stories, and plays throughout her lifetime. She won many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for her 1993 novel “The Stone Diaries.” Now, her final novel “Unless” has been adapted into a film starring Catherine Keener. Written and directed by Alan Gilsenan, the film follows Reta (Keener), a successful writer who struggles with her daughter Norah’s (Hannah Gross) decision to drop out of college and live on the streets as a mute in some form of protest. “Unless” also stars Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”), Matt Craven (“X-Men: First Class”), Chloe Rose (“The Lesser Blessed”), Hanna Schygulla (“Berlin Alexanderplatz”), and more. Watch the trailer for the film below.

Read More: Catherine Keener To Fight to Keep Her Home in Little Pink House

Catherine Keener has appeared in a wide variety of films throughout her career that have garnered critical acclaim. She’s been nominated
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One Thing I Love Today: Was the second season of 'Fargo' the best movie of 2015?

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One Thing I Love Today: Was the second season of 'Fargo' the best movie of 2015?
One Thing I Love Today is a daily column dedicated to putting a spotlight on some pop culture item worth your attention. After all, there's enough snark out there. Why not start every day with one quick shotgun blast of positivity? Noah Hawley is a True Believer. There is no reason whatsoever that a television show based on Fargo should work, but after finishing season two of the FX series, I am blown away by what he's accomplished and by the sheer force of his love for Joel and Ethan Coen. Homage and inspiration are similar, but not the exact same things. Homage is fine, but I think you can only go so far with it. Inspiration, though, is something else. Real inspiration is a springboard to something new, something that is genuinely yours. One person looks at something and sees and processes it a certain way, and someone else
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Nettelbeck, Qurbani titles among Sommerhaus slate

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Nettelbeck, Qurbani titles among Sommerhaus slate
Exclusive: Features from Sandra Nettelbeck, Thomas Stuber, Caroline Link and Burhan Qurbani on slate for German outfit.

New features by Sandra Nettelbeck, Thomas Stuber, Burhan Qurbani and Oscar-winner Caroline Link are being lined up by the Ludwigsburg/Berlin-based production company Sommerhaus Filmproduktion, which was launched by producers Jochen Laube and Fabian Maubach at the end of last year with Beta Film’s Jan Mojto as partner.

The first project to go into production this year will be the melancholic romantic comedy What Does Not Kill Us (Was Uns Nicht Umbringt) by writer-director Sandra Nettelbeck in August with a cast including August Zirner, Sophie Rois, Christian Berkel, Bjarne Mädel and Jenny Schily.

The German-language film will mark Nettelbeck’s return to filmmaking in Germany after working abroad for more than ten years on films including Helen and Mr. Morgan’s Last Love. It will also link to the director’s internationally successful romantic comedy Mostly Martha (Bella Martha) with
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Daily | Berlinale 2016 Diary #1

The 66th Berlinale officially opens today with Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Hail, Caesar!, and I add a few words to our collection of reviews. First, though, I report on a conference sponsored by the newish Berlin Critics' Week and the Heinrich Böll Foundation concerning the problems currently facing German cinema on the international stage—and on Babylon Berlin, a new long-form television series based on a bestselling series of novels by Volker Kutscher about Gereon Rath, a police inspector working out of an office on Berlin Alexanderplatz in the 1920s. The showrunner is none other than Tom Tykwer. » - David Hudson
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