MUBI: our pick of the best films coming in April, from High & Low to Yannick

John Galliano in High & Low (MUBI)
John Galliano in High & Low (MUBI)

MUBI has carved out a real niche in the ever-competitive streaming marketplace. There really are few better digital sites to find exquisite arthouse and independent films – and its collection ranges from old favourites such as Argento’s 1977 horror Suspiria, to newer releases such as Alice Diop’s Saint Omer.

In April, another selection of exciting films will be released on the site. From classic romances to eye-opening documentaries, here’s our pick of the best – and, even better, Evening Standard readers can get 30 days of MUBI free.

Trenque Lauquen: Part 1 and Part 2 – April 3

Scorsese, Nolan and Villeneuve should have taken note. Argentinian director Laura Citarella’s sprawling 2022 mystery has a run time of over four hours, but is split into two. A vague continuation of her 2011 thriller Ostende, it follows Rafael and Ezekiel who are looking for their missing colleague, botanist Laura. The only clue is a note she left saying, “Farewell, farewell. I’m leaving, I’m leaving.”

Yannick (Dupieux, 2023) – 5 April

Quentin Dupieux’s (Smoking Causes Coughing, Deerskin) Locarno-prize-winning comedy is about a car park guard who takes a night off and goes to the theatre. He decides he can do a better job than the actors on stage, hijacks the production and declares himself the playwright, with hilarious results.

The Bicyclist Who Fell into a Time Cone (Raqs Media Collective, 2023) – 19 April

This month MUBI is presenting a series of experimental shorts in collaboration with The Whitney Museum of American Art. Raqs Media Collective’s film is a standout with exquisite brightly-coloured shots of Delhi, cut with collages of photographs, contemporary footage and archival images.

Tokyo Ga (Wim Wenders, 1985) – April 19

A lovely film about one legendary director’s appreciation for another, in Tokyo Ga (which means an image of Tokyo) Wim Wenders goes to Tokyo to explore the world of celebrated Japanese film director Yasujiro Ozu. Gentle, meandering and nostalgic, Wenders finds there’s not much of the world of Ozu (who died in 1963) left.

The Red Sea Makes Me Wanna Cry (Alrjoob, 2023) – 20 April

Faris Alrjoob’s intense and exquisitely shot short, which was the second Jordanian film to premiere at Cannes, follows Ida (Clara Schwinning), an European woman who has traveled to Jordan to say goodbye to her lover, who has died.

High & Low – John Galliano (Macdonald, 2023) – April 26

Filmmaker Kevin MacDonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland) unpacks the truly extraordinary life of fashion designer John Galliano, who was appointed head designer of Givenchy aged 35 and head of Dior two years later. Galliano’s fall from grace in 2011 was widely documented. This is the story of the mind-boggling antics that lead up to his fateful antisemitic rant, and the efforts he made to piece his life back together over the subsequent years.