You may not have heard the names Orson Welles and Michael Corleone in a while ... but Mank and The Godfather Coda are here to change that. Plus, a COVID-19 documentary, an Indian animated love story and the streaming premiere of Ken Loach’s latest. Scroll for this week’s latest.
Week of November 30, 2020
This new documentary—directed by Academy member Hao Wu and two Chinese journalists, Weixi Chen and another credited as Anonymous—takes viewers inside four Wuhan hospitals back in January and February 2020, before the coronavirus became a global pandemic. It’s not the first COVID-19 documentary (there’s Alex Gibney’s Totally Under Control and Ai Weiwei’s Coronation, to name a couple), but it’s specific in its scope: 76 Days paints a harrowing, intimate portrait of the virus epicenter. Now showing in virtual cinemas.
David Fincher’s latest film, set in 1930s Hollywood, tells the story of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish Citizen Kane. Starring Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins—and written by Fincher’s late father, Jack Fincher—Mank is now available to watch on Netflix.
Sorry We Missed You
Ken Loach directed this 2019 Palme D’Or-competing film about a self-employed UK delivery driver and his wife, as they face uphill financial battles post-2008. Sorry We Missed You got its streaming premiere this week on Criterion Channel.
Bombay Rose, a hand-painted animated film by Gitanjali Rao, tells the story of Kamala and Salim’s quest for love in the Indian city of Bombay. The film opened Venice Critics Week—and is now available to watch on Netflix.
Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone
Thirty years after its debut, The Godfather Part III returns—re-edited, restored and retitled with the name that had originally been intended for the 1990 film. Director Francis Ford Coppola has changed elements of the narrative to tell a clearer story about redemption. Available on VOD and Blu-ray, and in select theaters.
And because we missed you last week, we’ve added one final suggestion. Nimic, Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest short film, tells the short of a cellist whose encounter with a stranger on the subway has unexpected effects on his life. The 12-minute film premiered as part of the 2019 Locarno Film Festival, and is now available to watch on Mubi.