MUBI Notebook: Light Matter Festival to Include Sachs Films

Rushes: Sean Baker’s “Red Rocket,” Zia Anger x Mitski, “Miami Vice” Turns 15
MUBI Notebook
06 OCT 2021

This week’s essential news, articles, sounds, videos and more from the film world.

Mubi Notebook
06 OCT 2021


  • Distributor Neon has announced its release plans for Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria: Playing only in theaters, Memoria will be “moving from city to city, theater to theater, week by week, playing in front of only one solitary audience at any given time.”
  • Tilda Swinton and George Mackay will be starring in the next film by Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence). Titled The End, the film has been described as a “a Golden Age musical about the last human family.”
  • Co-programmed by James Hansen & Eric Souther, Light Matter Festival is a new “moving-image art festival dedicated to experimental film and media arts.” Taking place in Alfred, New York, the festival will be screening films by Simon Liu, Mary Helena Clark, Lynne Sachs, and more.
  • Sylvester Stallone’s director’s cut of Rocky IV (1985) will be playing in theaters in the United States for one night only on November 11. The new cut includes 40 minutes of never-before-seen footage, and will be available on demand the following day, on the 12th.


  • A24’s official trailer for Sean Baker’s Red Rocket, which arrives in theaters this December. Simon Rex stars as a washed up former porn star who returns to his Texas hometown. Its delicious poster was illustrated by Steven Chorney and designed by GrandSon. Read Leonardo Goi’s review of the film here
  • The official trailer for Radu Jude’s Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, which won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale. Read our review of the film by Ela Bittencourt here.
  • Zia Anger has directed a new music video for Mitski’s latest single, “Working for the Knife.” With cinematography by Ashley Conner, the video follows Mitski as she performs inside The Egg at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.
  • Ahead of the release of Shin Ultraman, a teaser has been released for Hideaki Anno’s Shin Kamen Rider. The film is a reboot of the 1971 Kamen Rider series, which tells the story of a young motorcyclist who is transformed into a cyborg by a terrorist organization.


  • Miami Vice seems to do everything wrong by genre standards, and yet manages to captivate us in a way that few others can.” Bilge Ebiri reappraises Michael Mann’s Miami Vice (which turns 15 this year), from its tender intimacy to its digital video cinematography.
  • For Reverse Shot, critic Michael Koresky investigates Gaspar Noé’s Vortex, and whether cinema is an apt enough art form for representing the effects of dementia.
  • In a conversation with Nick Newman for the Film Stage, Kiyoshi Kurosawa discusses Wife of a Spy, being a fan of Clint Eastwood as an actor, and the Japanese studio system. Another excellent interview can be found at Asian Movie Pulse, where Kurosawa considers the divide between film and reality, piracy, and the new generation of Japanese filmmakers.
  • Carol Kane discusses the rerelease of Joan Micklin Silver’s feature debut Hester Street (1975), which starred Kane at the age of 23, and pushing away fame at a young age.
  • “The emphasis is on diversity and pluralism, not past and present sins. Call it a museum of good intentions.” Manohla Dargis of the New York Times reflects on the opening of the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.


  • “Pino rides through these tunnels on his motorcycle as he’s leaving this plane of reality and entering forever into the history of art…” Walter Fasano introduces his film Pino, which is showing exclusively on MUBI in many countries.
  • In a foreword to Yevgenia Belorusets’s new book, Modern Animal, the British director Peter Greenaway offers 19 stories about animals big and small.
  • From NYFF, correspondent Peter Kim George reports on two new films: Joel Coen’s solo directed, dread-filled adaptation The Tragedy of Macbeth, and Gaspar Noé’s split-screened Vortex.
  • Lillian Crawford reflects on two documentaries, a new one by Charlotte Gainsbourg and a 1988 one by Agnès Varda, which explore the subject of the singer and actress Jane Birkin.
  • In his review of Julia Ducournau’s Palme d’Or winning Titane, Anthony Hawley considers the ways in which the film challenges the viewer to consider the path ahead, about “the future of our species.”
  • In an interview with Kelley Dong, Payal Kapadia discusses the making of her debut feature A Night of Knowing Nothing and the relationship between politics, love, and cinema.
  • Kelley Dong reports back from Toronto, which presented a weak, pared down pandemic-era edition that nevertheless had some highlights, including the latest by Terence Davies and Masaaki Yuasa.
  • Rachel Michelle Fernandes locates One Shot that encapsulates Claire Denis in her film U.S. Go Home.
  • To mark the arrival of Iván Zulueta’s Arrebato in America 4o years after its release, Elizabeth Horkley examines and uncovers the dark and banal truths at the heart of the film.