10 episodes

The new podcast from the curated streaming service MUBI, the best place to discover beautiful, hand-picked cinema. The first season of the MUBI Podcast spotlights movies that were massive cultural phenomena in their home countries, but nowhere else. Host Rico Gagliano explores why these films fascinated so many people in one place, at one time. With episodes spanning nearly every continent, tune in to discover unique film stories from around the globe and explore all sides of cinema culture. Featuring original interviews with filmmakers, critics, academics, and historians.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 61 Ratings

The new podcast from the curated streaming service MUBI, the best place to discover beautiful, hand-picked cinema. The first season of the MUBI Podcast spotlights movies that were massive cultural phenomena in their home countries, but nowhere else. Host Rico Gagliano explores why these films fascinated so many people in one place, at one time. With episodes spanning nearly every continent, tune in to discover unique film stories from around the globe and explore all sides of cinema culture. Featuring original interviews with filmmakers, critics, academics, and historians.

    In LINGUI, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun honors women's "invisible resistance"

    In LINGUI, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun honors women's "invisible resistance"

    On this special episode, host Rico Gagliano talks to Cannes-winning filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun about his latest film LINGUI, THE SACRED BONDS — the story of a mother trying to secure an abortion for her daughter...in Chad, a country where abortion is illegal. Haroun opens up about the movie's real-life inspirations, the collective power of women, and about his homeland's last remaining movie theater — the palace where he learned to tell stories.
    LINGUI, THE SACRED BONDS is now streaming exclusively on MUBI in the UK, US, and many other countries.
    Subscribe on your preferred podcast app to stay tuned for more special episodes and the upcoming second season of the show.

    MUBI is a global streaming service, production company and film distributor. A place to discover and watch beautiful, interesting, incredible films. A new hand-picked film arrives on MUBI, every single day. From iconic directors, to emerging auteurs. All carefully chosen by MUBI’s curators.

    • 22 min
    Joachim Trier sympathizes with THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD

    Joachim Trier sympathizes with THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD

    In this special episode, acclaimed filmmaker Joachim Trier tells host Rico Gagliano about how and why he made his tender look at messy modern romance, THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD—from constructing its Oscar-nominated screenplay to casting his star Renate Reinsve (who went on to win Best Actress at Cannes for the role). He also reflects on the dangers of nostalgia and then indulges in some of his own, looking back on the movies—and movie theaters—that shaped him.

    THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD is now showing in select UK cinemas and will exclusively stream on MUBI in the UK, Ireland, India, and Turkey starting May 13, 2022.

    Subscribe to stay tuned for more special episodes and Season 2.

    MUBI is a global streaming service, production company and film distributor. A place to discover and watch beautiful, interesting, incredible films. A new hand-picked film arrives on MUBI, every single day. From iconic directors, to emerging auteurs. All carefully chosen by MUBI’s curators.

    • 25 min
    In Andrea Arnold’s COW, Audiences Find Themselves

    In Andrea Arnold’s COW, Audiences Find Themselves

    The MUBI Podcast returns this week with a special episode. Host Rico Gagliano speaks with Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrea Arnold (AMERICAN HONEY, FISH TANK) about COW — her gripping debut documentary chronicling the life of a single dairy cow.

    In the interview, Arnold opens up about the deeply personal interpretations audiences have brought to the nearly dialogue-free film, and how making it has affected her own interactions with creatures great and small.

    Fresh off receiving a BAFTA nomination for “Best Documentary”,  COW is now showing in select UK cinemas and will be exclusively streaming on MUBI starting February 11th in many countries, including the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Turkey, Italy, India, Latin America & more. MUBI is also featuring a series of Arnold's shorts, including the Oscar-winning WASP. IFC Films is the film's US distributor and has plans for an April theatrical release. MUBI's series will be timed in the US with this April release. 

    If available in your country, you can stream the film exclusively on MUBI here and the series here. 

    Subscribe to stay tuned for more bonus episodes and Season 2.

    MUBI is a global streaming service, production company and film distributor. A place to discover and watch beautiful, interesting, incredible films. A new hand-picked film arrives on MUBI, every single day. From iconic directors, to emerging auteurs. All carefully chosen by MUBI’s curators.

    • 14 min
    Lost in Translation Episode 6: China Builds Itself a DREAM FACTORY

    Lost in Translation Episode 6: China Builds Itself a DREAM FACTORY

    China’s Lunar New Year movie season is like America’s summer blockbuster season… on steroids.  And it got that way thanks to THE DREAM FACTORY — a wry 1997 comedy directed by Feng Xiaogang, who’d come to be known as “the Chinese Spielberg.”  Host Rico Gagliano gets a crash course on the movie from experts on Chinese cinema, including City University of New York’s Ying Zhu and UCLA’s Michael Berry.

    Our first season, titled “Lost in Translation,” spotlights movies that were massive cultural phenomena in one country, but nowhere else. With episodes spanning nearly every continent, tune in weekly to discover unique film stories from around the globe.

    Each episode, we publish a complementary piece in a new series called “MUBI Podcast Expanded.” This week, we have an article by film professor Ying Zhu, building on her commentary featured in this episode about Feng Xiaogang's THE DREAM FACTORY and Chinese New Year comedies. Read the article here.

    MUBI is a global streaming service, production company and film distributor. A place to discover and watch beautiful, interesting, incredible films. A new hand-picked film arrives on MUBI, every single day. From iconic directors, to emerging auteurs. All carefully chosen by MUBI’s curators.

    • 33 min
    Lost in Translation Episode 5: From Mexico with Love: The Soviet Union Embraces YESENIA

    Lost in Translation Episode 5: From Mexico with Love: The Soviet Union Embraces YESENIA

    The biggest box office hit in the history of the Soviet Union was an early 1970s Mexican romance so obscure in its home country that even many experts on the era haven’t heard of it.  Host Rico Gagliano talks with several who have, including esteemed cinema historian Ian Christie, Concordia University’s Masha Salazkina, and actress Emoé de la Parra, the daughter of the hugely successful author Yolanda Vargas Dulché behind the comic book and telenovela on which the film was based.

    Our first season, titled “Lost in Translation,” spotlights movies that were massive cultural phenomena in one country, but nowhere else. With episodes spanning nearly every continent, tune in weekly to discover unique film stories from around the globe.

    Each episode, we publish a complementary piece in a new series called “MUBI Podcast Expanded.” This week,  film professor and historian Masha Salazkina adds to her commentary featured in this episode, discussing her love for international films growing up in the Soviet Union in the late 70s and early 80s. Read the article here.

    MUBI is a global streaming service, production company and film distributor. A place to discover and watch beautiful, interesting, incredible films. A new hand-picked film arrives on MUBI, every single day. From iconic directors, to emerging auteurs. All carefully chosen by MUBI’s curators.

    • 37 min
    Lost in Translation Episode 4: LIVING IN BONDAGE Fast-Forwards the Nigerian Film Industry

    Lost in Translation Episode 4: LIVING IN BONDAGE Fast-Forwards the Nigerian Film Industry

    One of the world’s most prolific film industries was founded on the success of a direct-to-video film distributed on VHS cassettes.  Host Rico Gagliano learns the history of LIVING IN BONDAGE — the indie project that launched Nigeria’s “Nollywood.”  Featuring interviews with the movie’s writer/producer Okey Ogunjiofor and director Chris Obi-Rapu.

    Our first season, titled “Lost in Translation,” spotlights movies that were massive cultural phenomena in their home countries, but nowhere else. With episodes spanning nearly every continent, tune in weekly to discover unique film stories from around the globe.

    Each episode, we publish a complementary piece in a new series called “MUBI Podcast Expanded.” This week, film critic and culture writer Derin Ajao expands on her commentary featured in the episode, examining this monumental film’s influence in the early days of Nollywood and its recent 2019 sequel LIVING IN BONDAGE: BREAKING FREE. Read the article here.

    MUBI is a global streaming service, production company and film distributor. A place to discover and watch beautiful, interesting, incredible films. A new hand-picked film arrives on MUBI, every single day. From iconic directors, to emerging auteurs. All carefully chosen by MUBI’s curators.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

ErickPessoa ,

Better than Mubi itself (if that is possible)

What a treat! I listen to more than 10 movie podcasts and I got this one just because it’s mubi, which I subscribe for ages. The episode on dream factory is a delight! I sincerely hope they keep doing those incredible film analysis tied with the movies available at Mubi. The producer/narrator is awesome!

Dannerzz ,

Cool concept

Really enjoying this podcast! Opening my worldview. But feels like it’s produced by a bunch of dudes. I don’t hear any feminine sounding names in the credits. Disappointing!!

mmnwmn ,

Great host. Listen to your audience.

The folks at MUBI got a pro when they hired Rico. This is exactly what you hope it will be: entertaining, well-researched, just a solid good listen. DO listen to the audience though: Cover movies we can actually watch. Otherwise, you are just taunt us, and it’s hard to understand why.

Giving this a season to work out the rough bits, but style, production, and host get a 5 from me.

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