Exclusively streaming on MUBI this November is Louis Garrel’s comic-thriller The Innocent (2022). Drawing inspiration from the actor-director’s own experiences, the story follows Abel (Louis Garrel) who is thrown into a frenzy when he discovers that his 60-year-old mother, Sylvie, is planning to marry a man behind bars. With unwavering support from his closest confidante, Clémence (Noémie Merlant), Abel embarks on a mission to safeguard his mother. Full of heart and packed with humour, The Innocent (2022) places a delightful heist spin on a heartfelt mother-and-son story.
The Innocent (Louis Garrel, 2022) – 3rd November
MASTER THIEVES: HEIST FILMS
This November, our film collection Master Thieves: Heist Films, invites audiences to step into a world where cunning plots, enigmatic characters, and adrenaline-pumping action converge to create the ultimate heist film. Steve McQueen‘s BAFTA-nominated Widows (2018) sees four determined women orchestrate a heist to secure their futures, whilst Wes Anderson‘s animated gem Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) follows a master thief with a penchant for elaborate schemes. Each film in this focus is a testament to the artistry, intelligence, and audacity of master thieves who stop at nothing to claim their prize.
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (Sidney Lumet, 2015) – 3rd November
Widows (Steve McQueen, 2018) – 3rd November
The Innocent (Louis Garrel, 2022) – 3rd November
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson, 2009) – Now Streaming
Bound (Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, 1996) – Now Streaming
Heat (Michael Mann, 1995) – Now Streaming
Racer And The Jailbird (Michaël R. Roskam, 2017) – Now Streaming
SOUL CINEMA: FILMS BY FATIH AKIN
Moving within and beyond the borders of Germany, Fatih Akin’s cinema of lived experiences is poignantly grounded by the convergence of memory, language, and music. Informed by his upbringing in Hamburg, the films of the prolific Turkish-German auteur are concerned in part with the shifting ideals of national identity. Faith Akin’s oeuvre remains remarkably varied in terms of genre and visual style, as the films in this focus testify. Credited with ushering in a new era of multicultural German filmmaking, Akin’s vital debut Short Sharp Shock (1998) is as tonally volatile as a classic Scorsese gangster film, whilst the riotous screwball comedy Soul Kitchen (2009) shows Akin flexing a different muscle.
Fusing the local and the global, the historical and the contemporary, the films of Fatih Akin redefine our understanding of national cinema, painting an arresting vision of global interconnectedness and care.
The Edge Of Heaven (Fatih Akin, 2007) – 15th November
Soul Kitchen (Fatih Akin, 2009) – 15th November
Polluting Paradise (Fatih Akin, 2012) – 15th November
The Golden Glove (Fatih Akin, 2019) – 15th November
The Cut (Fatih Akin, 2014) – Now Streaming
Short Sharp Shock (Fatih Akin, 1998) – Now Streaming
BRUISED EGOS: FIGHT CLUB AND AMERICAN PSYCHO
Delve into the dark recesses of the human psyche with Bruised Egos: Fight Club and American Psycho, a double bill that explores the twisted minds of protagonists whose lives spiral into chaos. David Fincher’s pugilistic fourth feature, Fight Club (1999), lobbed a stylistic dirty bomb of mischief into the arena of millennium anxiety, consumer culture, and fractured masculinity, whilst modern narcissism has rarely been portrayed as remarkably on screen as in Mary Harron’s American Psycho (2000). Both films offer critiques of materialism and conformity and share elements of dark humour and violence. They immerse you in the haunting landscapes of two men teetering on the edge of their own sanity.
American Psycho (Mary Harron, 2000) – 17th November
Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999) – 17th November
DOUBLE ACT: JAMES GRAY & JOAQUIN PHOENIX
This November, we’re shining light on the profound collaboration between the cinematic powerhouses James Gray and Joaquin Phoenix. Delivering unforgettable tales of love, redemption, and the complexities of the human spirit, the duo captivate audiences with their unparalleled ability to evoke raw, authentic emotion on screen. From the tender portrayal of Leonard in Two Lovers (2008), a man torn between two hearts, to the enigmatic Bruno Weiss in The Immigrant (2013), Joaquin Phoenix‘s emotionally charged performances under James Gray‘s masterful direction have left a mark on the landscape of modern cinema.
Two Lovers (James Gray, 2008) – Now Streaming
The Immigrant (James Gray, 2013) – Now Streaming
Exclusive streamiQueens of the Qing Dynasty (Ashley McKenzie, 2022) – November 15ng premieres from the most prestigious international film festivals and rediscovered classics selected by MUBI’s curators
QUEENS OF THE QING DYNASTY
An enthralling ode to those once-in-a-lifetime chance encounters, Ashley McKenzie’s Queens of the Qing Dynasty (2022) is an offbeat, tendered and empathetic story anchored by critically-acclaimed performances by first time actors Sarah Walker and Ziyin Zheng.
Star, a suicidal teen now too old for foster care, develops a candid rapport with An, a student from Shanghai who is assigned to watch her while she is in hospital. A nightly exchange of secrets, text messages and possessions quickly expands the boundaries of their relationship, altering their inner chemistry.
Queens of the Qing Dynasty (Ashley McKenzie, 2022) – 15th November
Anthony Ing’s Jill, Uncredited (2022) is a unique portrait of the prolific background actor Jill Goldston. A documentary essay constructed entirely of clips from Goldston’s performances captured fleetingly in everything from Mr. Bean to The Elephant Man, the film is a lyrical journey through British popular culture, and a moving tribute to all the figures in the background and a haunting study of life lived out of focus.
Jill, Uncredited (Anthony Ing, 2022) – 27th November
MUBI UK NOVEMBER 2023
1/11/2023 | Bone Tomahawk | S. Craig Zahler | Neo-westerns: A New Frontier
1/11/2023 | Yuki’s Sun | Hayao Miyazaki | Short Films Big Names
1/11/2023 | Good Thanks, You? | Molly Manning Walker
3/11/2023 | Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead | Sidney Lumet | Master Thieves: Heist Films
3/11/2023 | Widows | Steve McQueen | Master Thieves: Heist Films
3/11/2023 | The Innocent | Louis Garrel | MUBI Spotlight
10/11/2023 | Assault on Precinct 13 | John Carpenter
15/11/2023 | The Edge of Heaven | Fatih Akın | Soul Cinema: Films by Fatih Akin
15/11/2023 | Soul Kitchen | Fatih Akın | Soul Cinema: Films by Fatih Akin
15/11/2023 | Polluting Paradise | Fatih Akın | Soul Cinema: Films by Fatih Akin
15/11/2023 | The Golden Glove | Fatih Akın | Soul Cinema: Films by Fatih Akin
15/11/2023 | Werewolf | Ashley McKenzie
15/11/2023 | Queens of the Qing Dynasty | Ashley McKenzie
17/11/2023 | Fight Club | David Fincher | Bruised Egos: Fight Club and American Psycho
17/11/2023 | American Psycho | Mary Harron | Bruised Egos: Fight Club and American Psycho
24/11/2023 | Dune | David Lynch
29/11/2023 | Jill, Uncredited | Anthony Ing | Brief Encounters