It’s time for Cinephiles everywhere to rejoice, as the film-streaming service MUBI has acquired 50 CURZON prestige titles. The 50 titles have been hand-picked by Chiara Marañon, MUBI’s UK programmer, offering MUBI subscribers in the UK the chance to discover and see an extraordinary collection of films from Curzon’s catalogue.
Marañon focused on contemporary female filmmakers including Agnes Varda, Andrea Arnold, Claire Denis, Lynne Ramsay, Sally Potter, Mia Hansen-Love, Debra Granick and Alice Rohrwacher. Special seasons on auteurs like Haneke, Kiarostami, and Kieślowski will follow. These acquisitions will begin screening exclusively on MUBI’s online service from February 2019. If you have vowed to watch more films by female filmmakers, or more world cinema like I have, then the news of this acquisition is a blessing.
Louisa Dent, the Managing Director of Curzon Artificial Eye, is equally excitied. She stated that: “We are delighted to offer this selection of films to MUBI, a company who’s ethos of sharing great cinema with its customers chimes strongly with our own.”
The CURZON deal follows previous MUBI agreements with the likes of STUDIOCANAL, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures and Paramount Studios. MUBI recently hosted special guest curations from acclaimed filmmakers Lynne Ramsay (We Need To Talk About Kevin) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), who hand-picked their favourite films exclusively for the online service.
If you aren’t aware of what MUBI is, then where have you been? (Joke!). MUBI is a hand-curated cinema streaming and download service. It is also the home to the world’s largest community of film lovers with over 8 million registered users. Instead of offering thousands of films, MUBI proudly present just 30. Every single one chosen by a human, with films ranging from cult classics to award-winning masterpieces, to forgotten gems to fresh off the festival circuit indies. Every day new selection is added to the 30, and every day the oldest one is removed. All 30 films are available to watch or download for 30 days. MUBI is available globally.
With this news, I am eager to seek what titles from Curzon will be available to watch, and I look forward to exploring some wonderful films over the next coming months. I am pretty sure that there will be plenty of reviews to come your way, so do keep an eye out. And, definitely check out MUBI if you haven’t already as right now they’re showing such classics as Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill Jr. and Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation.