We’ve already written about the excellent film blog MUBIdaily, which is published by the online screening room Mubi.com. We’ve never really pushed Mubi itself, even though the site features a wide selection of independent and foreign films. It’s a subscription site, and we prefer to focus on cultural offerings that you can access free of charge.
Still, for the next month, you can watch certain films on Mubi free of charge — specifically, selections from multiple years of Cannes’ La Semaine de la Critique (Critics’ Week), one of the festival’s most consistently interesting sidebars. Each year a panel of international critics selects a current crop of shorts and features from first and second time directors, and now MUBI has made a number of past selections freely available online. The selection is a little uneven, but still often inspiring. Of the choices offered at Mubi’s mini-retrospective, we recommend the Japanese film Chicken Heart, the clever Swedish short Seeds of the Fall, and especially Round Da Way (Lascars), a lively French animated feature about life in the projects. You can watch Round Da Way above.
The full selection is available for free on Mubi until June 30th, with a caveat or two: Each film is only free for its first 1,000 viewings, you do need to register to watch, and there may be some georestriction at work (though we can’t say for sure since we’re based in the US).
And finally, of course, don’t miss our big curated collection of 380 Free Movies, which includes a few major films from Cannes too.
Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco-based arts and culture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, and many other publications. You can follow her on twitter at @sheerly.