Perfect Failures is a joint curatorial collaboration between Fondazione Prada
and MUBI to spotlight films that were widely misunderstood upon their original release. The film selection will be available from 5 April on the curated streaming service MUBI, during the temporary closure of the physical spaces of Fondazione Prada.
This cinematographic journey includes features box office flops, critical disappointments, shocking divergences from a beloved artist or burdened with a difficult production, films ahead of (or ingeniously behind) its time, missteps of prominent directors. It proves that a movies original reception is not the final word on its true value, as happened to these films initially greeted with confusion, rejection and repulsion.
The global series will begin on 5 April with Southland Tales, 2016 by Richard Kelly and will go on to feature a curated line-up of titles for each country Perfect Failures is showing in. The overall selection will include, in addition to Southland Tales: A Countess from Hong Kong, 1967 by Charlie Chaplin; Fedora, 1978 by Billy Wilder; Night Moves, 2013 by Kelly Reichardt; Un divan à New York (A Couch in New York), 1996 by Chantal Akerman; and Showgirls, 1995 by Paul Verhoeven.
The project covers a vast array of possible disappointing films: from the anarchic science fiction comedy directed by Richard Kelly, to the old fashioned and campy melodrama realized by Billy Wilder in 1978. The selection also includes the brave 1996 comedy by Chantal Akerman, Charlie Chaplin's last comedy film, the American drama film directed by Kelly Reichardt in 2013 and accused of plagiarism, as well as the cult 1995 erotic film by Paul Verhoeven.
The collaboration with MUBI will strengthen the international dimension of Fondazione Prada's film program, which will address an even wider community, from the public of a traditional movie theatre to a plural audience of remote spectators. Fondazione Prada will continue its research of new ways of viewing, opportunities of dialogue with other creative languages and forms of sharing with the public, that go beyond the sole enjoyment of films in front of a cinema screen.