April 15, 2023

MUBI Launch Podcast With Paul Verhoeven Interview


Boutique distributor and Streaming Service MUBI have announced they will be releasing their first original podcast.
The Podcast will be simply entitled MUBI Podcast, which will be hosted by arts and travel reporter Rico Gagliano (The Wall Street Journal).

The documentary-style podcast will be available on all major podcast platforms and on MUBI’s online publication Notebook. New episodes will be released weekly starting on 3rd June, with a total of six episodes in the first season.

The first season will be title titled “Lost in Translation”. With a focus on those films that did great in their homeland and have “great importance” in that country. Lesser known by international audiences and critics.

MUBI hope cover nearly every continent with each episode exploring a different film and country. A door into cinema cultures around the world, with unique stories behind the films. All brought to life with movie clips, music, and original interviews with filmmakers, critics, academics, and historians.

Future episodes will cover film stories from around the globe, including the longest-running film in the history of Indian cinema, a Mexican film that became the biggest movie in the Soviet Union, and the micro-budget feature shot on video that sparked the modern Nigerian film industry.

Listen to the trailer for Season One here.

The pilot episode will look at Paul Verhoeven‘s second feature Turkish Delight (1973). While one of Verhoeven’s lesser known films to international audiences, it remains the most well-attended domestic film in the history of the Netherlands and was named the greatest Dutch film of the 20th century by the Netherlands Film Festival. The episode will cover the film’s unique significance during the counterculture movement in 1970s Holland and features exclusive interviews with Paul Verhoeven, Monique van de Ven, and Jan de Bont, amongst others.

After years of showcasing great cinema on MUBI and covering film culture through our digital magazine, Notebook, I’m thrilled for us to expand into the audio space to explore the world of cinema in new ways. Rico’s a terrific host and it’s been great conceptualizing such a fun subject and a surprising slate of guests. I know our audiences will be delighted.” commented Daniel Kasman, VP of Content, MUBI

Host Rico Gagliano said: “For my entire career as an audio journalist, I’ve been fascinated by the arts and travel. To bring them together with MUBI, and learn about world cultures through the lens of cinema, is basically a dream come true.”

MUBI Podcast first episode will be available from 3rd June via MUBI Notebook online. You can also subscribe to the Podcast from here.