International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) collaborates with streaming service MUBI to present four IFFR films at MUBI.com. No coração do mundo by Gabriel Martins and Maurílio Martins, which had its world premiere in Tiger Competition at IFFR 2019, is exclusively available for Benelux audiences from 2 February. Obayashi Nobuhiko’s Hanagatami, Fabrizio Ferraro’s Les Unwanted de Europa and Leandro Listorti’s La película infinita – all selections from IFFR’s 2018 edition – are available to worldwide audiences.
Efe Çakarel, Founder and CEO of MUBI: “We’re thrilled to present four IFFR titles on our platform: three gems from 2018’s edition and a brand new Tiger Competition title No coração do mundo. This is a fruitful collaboration with one of the boldest film festivals of the world to enrich our offering with fresh festival-branded titles.”
Marjan van der Haar, business director of IFFR: “IFFR intends to bring quality films to a wide audience, and to this end we’re always looking for ways to support filmmakers with new distribution models. That’s why, in collaboration with MUBI, we have not just jointly selected No coração do mundo, but also three excellent titles from last year’s festival edition. In this sense, IFFR acts as a broker between filmmakers and audiences.”
Bero Beyer, festival director of IFFR: “No coração do mundo is a perfect example of the kinds of films represented in IFFR’s Tiger Competition, which showcases the cutting edge of new approaches to cinema. In this case, the film gives a face, and more importantly a heart, to the inhabitants of the Brazilian city Contagem.”
Gabriel Martins also held a Masterclass as part of IFFR 2019’s theme programme Soul in the Eye, which highlighted a new energetic wave of Afro-Brazilian cinema. The programme showed three other films by production company Filmes de Plástico, which Gabriel Martins and Maurílio Martins (not related) founded together with André Novais Oliveira and Thiago Macêdo Correia. Gabriel Martins comments: “Our films show the Brazilian people and neighbourhoods we otherwise don’t see on the big screen very often. In that sense, No coração do mundo is very much a neighbourhood film: we tried to tell the stories of people of Contagem in an authentic, loving way. It’s great news that MUBI will now be hosting the film on their platform.”
As per MUBI’s streaming model, all four films are available to subscribers for 30 days on MUBI.com/specials/direct-from-rotterdam. Hanagatami, Les Unwanted de Europaand La película infinita are available to worldwide audiences. No coração do mundo is exclusive to MUBI subscribers in the Benelux. After its 30-day period on MUBI, No coração do mundo will be available on IFFR’s own streaming platform IFFR Unleashed, exclusive to Benelux viewers as well.
- No coração do mundo, Gabriel Martins/Maurílio Martins, 2019, Brazil (selected for IFFR 2019’s Tiger Competition)
- Hanagatami, Obayashi Nobuhiko, 2017, Japan (part of IFFR 2018’s Signatures programme)
- La película infinita, Leandro Listorti, 2018, Argentina (part of IFFR 2018’s theme programme A History of Shadows)
- Les Unwanted de Europa, Fabrizio Ferraro, 2018, Spain/Italy (part of IFFR 2018’s theme programme A History of Shadows)