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PLEASURE and TRUE THINGS Headline Mubi UK’s June Line-up

Pleasure
The arthouse streamers have unveiled their June line-up.

MUBI UK's June line-up includes the UK premiere of Ninja Thyberg's porn industry drama, the latest from British director Harry Wootliff, a Lars Von Trier double, a spotlight on Belgian actress Virginie Efira and more.


Pleasure

Pleasure
The raw, vital and groundbreaking exploration of the adult film industry, Pleasure (2021) – an unflinching first feature from Swedish writer-director Ninja Thyberg – lands exclusively on MUBI this month. One of the most audacious breakouts of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, Thyberg’s captivating debut is as authentic as it is daring, with a fierce turn from newcomer Sofia Kappel.
 
Adapted from Thyberg’s 2013 prize-winning short of the same name, it follows “Bella Cherry” (Kappel) as she arrives in Los Angeles with dreams of becoming the next porn superstar. Living at a “model house” with other hopeful performers, she soon develops a supportive friendship with fellow housemate and porn actress Joy, who helps her navigate this seductive new world. However, as her ruthless ambition leads her into increasingly dangerous territory, Bella struggles to reconcile her dreams of empowerment with the realities of the darker side of the business.
 
A taboo-busting depiction of the porn industry, Pleasure addresses powerful ideas of consent and agency in sex work, through a fearless and uncompromising lens.


True Things

True Things
True Things (2021), Harry Wootliff’s follow up to her award-winning debut feature Only You (2018), lands exclusively on MUBI this month. The film follows Kate, a woman recently released from prison and bored with her tedious office job who, despite warnings from those closest to her, embarks on an intoxicating and destructive sexual relationship with a mysterious stranger. The film features intense and visceral performances from Ruth Wilson and Tom Burke, as well as immersive cinematography from Ashley Connor (Madeline’s Madeline).


We (Nous)

We (Nous)
Known for capturing the quotidian struggles of Black and immigrant communities in contemporary France, Alice Diop’s latest work, We (Nous) (2021), creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of people from communities in the Parisian suburbs, their lives and work connected by the RER B commuter train that cuts through the city from north to south. This tender, patchwork documentary combines essay, observational and 1st-person forms interrogating France’s national multicultural project with playfulness and a sharp attention to questions of race, religion, class and immigration status which won Diop “Best Documentary” and “Best Film” (Encounters) at last year’s Berlinale.
 
Alongside the upcoming release of We (Nous) (2021), MUBI will present a focus on the French-Senegalese director – one of the most exciting documentarians working today. This collection creates a context for her powerful, incisive works that combine latter-day cinema verité with first-person forms and reenactment to explore questions of race, masculinity and connection.


The Girl and the Spider

The Girl and the Spider
Nearly a decade after the international festival debut of The Strange Little Cat (2013), brothers Ramon and Silvan Zürcher return with The Girl and the Spider (2021) – the second instalment in their planned trilogy about human togetherness – showing exclusively on MUBI this month.
 
Previously compared to the cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski and Angela Schanelec, this award-winning chamber piece takes a piercing look into loss, transition and growth observing two days in the lives of friends Lisa and Mara as the former moves across town out of the apartment they have shared. Boxes, furniture and a farewell party turn the film into a weird magnetic field where friends, lovers, relatives, neighbours and strangers attract each other.


Virginie Efira

Spotlight on Virginie Efira
From television presenter to film festival regular, actress Virginie Efira’s breakthrough onto the international main stage has been nothing short of exciting. To celebrate her rise, MUBI is showcasing Efira’s leading roles in profiles of women at a crossroads including Justine Triet’s two latest titles: Sybil (2019), playing a psychotherapist who becomes deeply involved in the life of her newest patient, a young actress who becomes wrapped up in a dramatic affair with her co-star, and In Bed with Victoria (2016), starring as a defense attorney and mother of two, lost in her personal and professional life, who attends a wedding where an old friend and ex-lover becomes a murder suspect.
 
Efira’s latest collaboration with filmmaker Paul Verheoven, the subversive erotic drama Benedetta (2021), will be playing on MUBI in July. Efira stars as the titular Benedetta, a nun whose religious fervour begins to manifest in increasingly sensual and violent visions of Jesus when a farm girl called Bartolomea (Daphné Patakia) enters the convent seeking refuge and quickly develops an attraction to Benedetta.


The House That Jack Built

Lars von Trier: A Double Bill
This month MUBI is spotlighting two of the most gruesome and disturbing works of the Danish provocateur Lars von Trier. Described as both a genius and a monster, the polarising auteur knows how to make audiences squirm. 
 
The double bill features the Cannes Jury Prize winning film Breaking the Waves (1996), the Scotland-set love story deconstructing the ties between religious devotion and eroticism which first marked von Trier on an international stage, and The House That Jack Built (2018), a five part series recounting the elaborately orchestrated, savage murders by serial killer Jack played by and equally terrifying and captivating Matt Dillon. Not for the faint of heart.


querelle

Pride Unprejudiced: LGBTQ+ Cinema
Cinematic renderings of queer experiences not only illuminate the richness of our collective humanity but also daringly subvert filmmaking conventions. Reflecting this, MUBI's electric offering of LGBTQ+ cinema is a celebration of queer artistry and history, highlighting urgent issues and celebrating the sheer pleasure of unapologetic queer joy.
 
This year’s additions to their ongoing series Pride Unprejudiced: LGBT+ Cinema include: Jack and Diane (2012), a lesbian coming-of-age story starring indie darlings Riley Keough and Juno Temple, Jeanie Finlay’s documentary Seahorse (2019) charting a transgender man's journey through pregnancy and parenthood, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s last film, the violent and erotic Querelle (1982).




A Fantastic Woman

Sebastián Lelio: A Double Bill
From beloved Chilean director Sebastián Lelio, MUBI is showing two touching profiles of women on the fringes of society navigating love and loss against familial pressures and expectations. First up, the Oscar winning title A Fantastic Woman (2017) about transgender night club singer Marina (Daniela Vega), who comes under suspicion following the death of her older lover Orlando, followed by Disobedience (2017), Lelio’s English language debut starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams as Roni and Esti, old lovers who reunite upon Roni’s return home stirring up controversy in their close-knit Orthodox Jewish community.


Terror, Sisters!

Artist Focus: Alexis Langlois
As part of MUBI's wider Pride programming, this month’s artist focus spotlights the award-winning French experimental filmmaker Alexis Langlois, whose subversive and surreal queer comedies explore sexual identity, transphobia and community. They'll present his most recents shorts The Demons of Dorothy (2021), described by Langlois himself as “a kind of queer Wizard of Oz,” and Terror, Sisters! (2019), both written with a group of girlfriends as an homage to genre films, pop culture and the camp universe of John Waters.



Wet Sand
MUBI presents the latest work to emerge from Georgia’s burgeoning film scene, Elene Naveriani’s Wet Sand (2021). The death of a local patriarch sends shockwaves through a small village on the Black Sea, as the arrival of his estranged granddaughter Moe forces an insular community to confront a painful history of secrets and lies, as she attempts to untangle the tragic consequences of her grandfather’s hidden love life. The result is a work equal parts heartbreaking and brave, as Naveriani examines the persistence of love under the shadow of Christian fundamentalism.


the actress

The Actress
Starring the incomparable actor and filmmaker Isabel Sandoval, artist Andrew Ondrejak returns with The Actress (2021), which finds Sandoval shape-shifting through iconic moments in film history and questioning how Hollywood has informed our ideas of art, beauty, and ourselves. This new short film, commissioned by the Savannah College of Art and Design inspired by Virginia Wolfe’s “Orlando,” draws on Ondrejack’s body of work moving between film, performance and experimental theatre.



Moneyboys
Set in Southern China and filmed in Taiwan, Moneyboys (2021) poignantly follows a gay hustler, whose life falls apart when he realises his family accepts his money but not his homosexuality. A disciple of Michael Haneke's at the Vienna Film Academy, director C.B. Yi's assured debut drama is a visually sumptuous and formalist film switching between rural and city surroundings to paint a kaleidoscopic portrait of identity.



Our Bodies are Your Battlefields
In a contemporary Argentina divided between conservatism and an unprecedented feminist impulse, Our Bodies are Your Battlefields (2021) captures an intimate dual portrait of the private lives and political work of two transwomen, Claudia and Violeta, as they and their comrades lead the fight against patriarchal violence that reveals how stories of individual self-realisations can also become calls to collective action.