Mubi Aquires Golden Bear Winner And Other Festival Favourites
Global VOD provider MUBI have acquired a number of the Berlin Film Festival's favourite films, with VOD and cinematic releases due to follow later in the year.
Most notably, Ildikó Enyedi's Golden Bear winner On Body and Soul and Alain Gomis' Félicité, winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize, will headline the releases in 2017.
In On Body and Soul, two introverted people, both workers in a meat-processing plant, find out by chance that they share the same dream every night. They are puzzled, incredulous and frightened. As they begin to accept this strange coincidence, they try to recreate in broad daylight what happens in their shared subconscious.
Félicité centres around a singer in a bar in Kinshasa. When her 14-year-old son has a motorcycle accident, she goes on a frantic search through the streets of Kinshasa, a world of music and dreams. And her path crosses that of Tabu.
Liu Jian's explosive visceral animation, Have a Nice Day, is set in a city in southern China, where a bag containing a million yuan draws several people from diverse backgrounds with different personal motives into a bloody conflict. The film is a pulpy thriller with a unique visual style, whose doubled-edge serves as critique of contemporary China and its capitalist society.
Mimosas directed by Oliver Laxe, won the Critics’ Week Grand Prize at Cannes 2016. It follows a mysterious caravan carrying a dying sheikh into the Moroccan Atlas mountains. His last wish is to be buried with his loved ones. But death does not wait. The caravaneers, fearful of the mountain pass, refuse to continue transporting the corpse. Ahmed and Said, two rogues traveling with the caravan, promise to take the body to its destiny. But do they really know the way? Meanwhile, in another world, a mysterious young man is chosen to find the caravan.
MUBI also went on to sign worldwide deals with Gaumont International, Match Factory, Le Pacte, Doc and Film, Open Reel, Stray Dogs, Urban Distribution or Le Bureau and Rezo International, at the end of last year.
Titles include films by: Bertrand Bonello, Michel Gondry, Mathieu Kassovitz, Marjane Satrapi, Jaime Rosales, Brillante Mendoza, Miguel Gomes, Damien Manivel and Christian Petzold, along with classics by such auteurs as Jean-Luc Godard, Federico Fellini, and Ingmar Bergman.