Our top picks from MUBI plus a special offer for Glasgow Film audiences

We are big fans of MUBI at Glasgow Film, and were delighted to have them on board as a partner for GFF this year. In addition to supporting our Under 30 Talent Programme, and our 2021-22 Talent Mentorship Programme, we also showed two MUBI titles at the festival — the Scottish premiere of Limbo and the UK premiere of First CowLimbo will be released by MUBI in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on 30 July 2021 and First Cow will be arriving on MUBI soon.

In the meantime, we have chosen some of our highlights from the MUBI catalogue you won’t want to miss. MUBI currently have a 30-day free trial for Glasgow Film audiences so make sure to sign up so you don’t miss out!


Evolution (Lucile Hadzihalilovic, 2015)

No, not the 2001 Ivan Reitman alien invasion comedy. Instead, this Evolution refers to director Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s second feature, a film that is both incredibly beautiful and deeply unsettling, and one of my highlights from GFF 2016. A young boy lives peacefully in a quiet French seaside village; nothing much happens, but it is also clear that nothing is quite right. The absence of girls and adult men is immediately notable and ultimately at the heart of this tale.

Many reviewers drew comparisons to Under The Skin, but the film this biological horror story most reminded me of was Eraserhead. Both feature the most remarkable sound design, both are the stuff of nightmares — especially for male viewers. But while Lynch’s debut feature is about adult fears about fatherhood, Evolution is centred in adolescent fears about growing up and perhaps the complete loss of masculinity. Both also have a certain coldness about them, but while Eraserhead also has a visual harshness about it, Evolution hypnotises with its gorgeous photography. I cannot recall another film clocking in at just 80 minutes that is so rich in vision and in theme. I highly recommend this but with the added (and strongest) caveat that it is a slow-burning and brutal experience — it certainly isn’t for everyone, especially not for anyone expecting a couple of dumb sci-fi related laughs.

David Gattens - Financial/Commercial Director


The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (Macoto Tezuka, 1985)

Spawning from a chance meeting between director Macoto Tezuka and musician Haruo Chikada, the pair decided to collaborate on a soundtrack for a non-existent film that Chikada had created and thus, this wonderfully odd musical was born! The film charts the rise and fall of a pop duo as they struggle to navigate fame, fortune, jealousy and relevancy. But much more than that, The Legend of the Stardust Brothers is an amazing 80’s synth pop satire of the music industry that is littered with catchy tunes and oozes quirky comedy by the barrel load. I was so happy that we got the chance to screen the UK Premiere of this at Glasgow Film Festival 2019 and now with it being easily available on MUBI, you have a second chance to tap your feet along to this absolute gem!

Chris Kumar - GFF Programme Coordinator


Bacurau (Kleber Mendonca Filho, Juliano Dornelles, 2019)

Having spent time in Brazil a few years ago, I’m always intrigued when a new Brazilian film appears and this is like none I’ve ever seen. A quiet, remote town is at the heart of this neo-western, which comes under threat from an unknown external force. With excellent appearances from Sonia Braga and Udo Kier,  I recommend watching this without reading too much about it, and just enjoy the journey.

This was a highlight of GFF 2020 when both directors, Kleber Mendonca Filho and Juliano Dornelles, joined us in Glasgow. Whilst I viewed this at the start of the pandemic, the film takes on a new relevance today.

Sarah Emery - Glasgow Film Festival Coordinator


8 Femmes  (François Ozon,2002)

This delightful 2002 film by François Ozon is an absolute must-watch for any fan of French cinema or camp melodrama. A musical murder-mystery, the story is about eight women who are snowed-in at an isolated cottage, while the patriarch of the family lies dead with a knife in his back upstairs. What follows is a hilarious romp as each character sings and dances their way through the plot. 

It plays with genre through a delightfully queer sensibility, with brilliant performances by a phenomenal cast of women including Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Fanny Ardant and Emmanuelle Béart, all following the character archetypes as found in the likes of Agatha Christie. The film is also gorgeous to look at, with superb production and costume design throughout - the artifice of which heightens the melodrama all the more. A real film-lover’s film.  

Emma van der Putten - GFF Industry Coordinator


Limbo (Ben Sharrock, 2020)

After fleeing from Syria, musician Omar (Amir El-Masry) has come to the UK hoping to gain residency. He is housed on a remote Scottish island with three fellow asylum seekers while they await their uncertain fate.

The opening scene of Limbo plays very much like a short film in its own right. The muted colours and deadpan styling set the tone early as the group have to endure a series of well intentioned, but fairly misguided citizen classes. El-Masry is wonderful as Omar, stoic and patient in his encounters around the community, and only really able to be himself during his infrequent phone calls with his family thousands of miles away.

Writer and director Ben Sharrock uses the cold, near desolate landscape as the perfect backdrop for this tale of isolation and helplessness. Against the bleakness of the land and the story, a sense of warmth, humour and compassion shine through

**Limbo will be released by MUBI in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on 30 July 2021**

Tony Harris - GFF Venues & Volunteer Coordinator

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