This Barbie is part film programmer.
Hari Nef makes history at Mubi with the Hari Nef-curated series, the first of its kind for the streaming and distribution platform.
The “Barbie” and “And Just Like That” actress selected Todd Haynes’ “Safe” and “Velvet Goldmine”, Alex Ross Perry’s “Listen Up Philip”, the fashion documentary “Martin Margiela: In His Own Words ”, Jean-Luc “La Chinoise” by Godard, “The African Desperate”, the training day “The African Desperate”, “Loulou” by Maurice Pialata with Isabelle Huppert, “Actress” by Robert Greene, the documentary by Shirley Clarke “Portrait of Jason” and cult classic “Center Stage” from the Mubi vault for the inaugural program.
Check out the full selection of Nef, ready to stream, Here.
“I was thinking about what resonates with me in the film, and it starts with ideas of spectacle and performance and queerness,” Nef said in a press release. “I love movies about artists and the confrontation that happens between a person, a camera or a stage of some kind. I like to think about what a person has been through, but also to consider the historical moment they are in and how it affects them ”.
The “Idol” star continued, “Every story I gravitate to is about people, mostly women, moving from low to high or vice versa. They are motivated to seek something other than what has been prescribed for them in life. The courage and self-knowledge required to do so is already complicated by who you are, where you’re from, and what moment in history you’re living at. It’s about being an individual in an environment where he may not necessarily be honored.”
Nef previously reflected on her stage and film career in an interview with The New York Times, admitting that she plays “a lot of bitches.”
“I’m not naïve,” Nef said. “I write, and many of the whores I’ve played are also writers, thinkers. Shrewd. “Bitch” is often a substitute for intelligent, for articulate, for opinionated, queer, unconventionally feminine, or unconventionally beautiful. I think the ‘Barbie’ thing happened because I didn’t act as a bitch and I didn’t act stupid and I didn’t do plastic during the audition.
Nef will soon be seen in Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie,” out July 21 from Warner Bros.