Highlights include the documentary Moments Like This Never Last following downtown NYC artist Dash Snow, plus double-bills from masters John Carpenter and Werner Herzog.
MUBI, the global distributor and curated film streaming service, has revealed its lineup for November including premieres, double-bills, and exclusive releases.
In November, audiences can take a peek into the mind of prolific New York artist Dash Snow in MUBI’s exclusive presentation of Moments Like This Never Last. Thrust into the international art world as a graffiti artist and photographer, Dash Snow’s tragically short life is recounted through friends and peers in this evocative and moving documentary.
Double the fun with two carefully curated double-bills from masters John Carpenter and Werner Herzog. The first, John Carpenter’s 1980s: A Double Bill, features coastal horror The Fog starring Jamie Lee Curtis and dystopian classic Escape From New York starring Kurt Russell. The second, Where the Wild Things Are: A Werner Herzog Double Bill, includes his seminal 2005 doc Grizzly Man and Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, a deep dive on the internet from 2016
MUBI continues to spotlight the latest cinema including two recent gems: The Witches of the Orient, a documentary on the 1964 Japanese volleyball team from director Julian Faraut, and Sweet Thing from American director Alexandre Rockwell, about siblings searching for adventure away from their dysfunctional life.
Additional highlights from the November lineup are as follows:
EXCLUSIVELY ON MUBI
Exclusive streaming premieres from the most prestigious international film festivals and rediscovered classics selected by MUBI’s curators
|[Brief Encounters] Enthusiastically returning to her hometown of Normandy for work, an archaeologist reunites with old acquaintances, though her joy begins to dwindle after the trip doesn’t go according to plan. Employing inventive split screen to reflect the character’s self-reflection, doubt, and memories of her childhood, director Christelle Lheureux’s 80,000 Years Old (Rotterdam ’20) inventively weaves the past and present and the real and unreal.|
80,000 Years Old – November 3
|[MUBI Spotlight] One of the most prolific downtown New York artists of the last 25 years, Dash Snow’s work as a graffiti artist and photographer endures in Cheryl Dunn’s loving and expansive documentary Moments Like This Never Last. Snow was catapulted into the international art world with his extensive documentation of friends and fellow artists, many works of which depict graphic sex and drug-taking, though his life tragically ended abruptly after he overdosed on heroin in 2009. A contemporary with such figures as Ryan McGinley and Dan Dolen, Snow’s work lives on in the countless artists he inspired, and the shape-shifting way he adapted into a rapidly branded art world.|
Moments Like This Never Last – November 6
|[MUBI Spotlight] Berlin Alexanderplatz (Berlinale ’20) follows an African immigrant named Francis who struggles to make a new life for himself in Berlin in this revisionist, 21st century retelling and update by Burhan Qurbani (born in Germany to Afghan parents), of Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel of the same name, previously adapted by the great R.W. Fassbinder. After surviving his perilous journey, Francis vows to right the wrongs in his life, but soon realizes how difficult it is to be righteous while undocumented in Germany.|
Berlin Alexanderplatz – November 12
|[Undiscovered] In this wildly ambitious Croatian animated film by Dalibor Barić (Rotterdam ’20), Martin, who attempted to fight the system and is escaping authorities, partners with Sara, a conceptual artist. Together they join a revolutionary commune in the countryside, with the police on their trail. A truly visionary film of grand imaginative ambition, reminiscent of (and referencing) movies by Godard, Tarkovsky, and Cronenberg, and books by Philip K. Dick, Robbe-Grillet, and Ursula K. Le Guin.|
Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus – November 17
[MUBI Spotlight] Alexandre Rockwell’s bright and hopeful Sweet Thing (Berlinale ’20) centers around the lives of two children in contemporary New Bedford, Massachusetts, during one eventful summer spent in a beach house with their mother and her boyfriend. Semi-improvised, shot in luminous black and white, and receiving the esteemed endorsement of Quentin Tarantino, the film captures the nuances of adolescence like few others.
Sweet Thing – November 18
|[The New Auteurs] In The Trouble with Being Born (Berlinale ’20), Elli is an android child and lives with an older man she calls her father. She shares his memories, from important moments to incidental ones, and anything else he programs her to remember. A 21st century semi-adaptation of Pinocchio, uncovering new boundaries regarding our fraught relationships with the machines we use and the people we love.|
The Trouble with Being Born – November 24
|[MUBI Spotlight] A group of humble factory workers became a phenomenal sports success story and the pride of an entire nation in Julian Faraut’s (John McEnroe: In The Realm of Perfection) ferociously innovative and visually stunning The Witches of the Orient. The film tells the tale of the Japanese women’s volleyball team’s thrilling rise, unbelievable 258 games winning streak, and eventual Olympic gold at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, through interviews and animated sequences. |
The Witches of the Orient – November 26
|[Rediscovered] Set during the Troubles, Pat Murphy’s first and most audacious film follows the titular Maeve, played by Mary Jackson, who returns to Belfast after a long absence in London. She stays in her family home where her sister Roisín still lives with their father, Martin. The film captures conversations between Maeve and these characters, who represent varying and opposing political viewpoints, during this white-hot political period in Northern Irish history. Newly restored.|
Maeve – November 29
|A Cosmic Trajectory: Early Films by Denis Villeneuve|
|With Denis Villneuve’s Dune sweeping across screens globally, we’re taking a look back at his roots, starting with his 2000 Maelström, a playful, often laugh-out-loud allegory, following a woman who starts dating the son of a man she killed in a car accident. Narrated by a talking fish, the Villneuve here is quite different than who he became, though equally visionary. Also playing Cosmos (1996) and August 32nd on Earth (1998). |
Maelström – November 5
Private Faces: A Mohamed Ben Attia Double Bill
|The Tunisian-born Mohamed Ben Attia found immediate success when his Hedi won the Best First Feature at the 2016 Berlinale. His subsequent 2018 Dear Son found the director competing in Cannes in Director’s Fortnight, where his success continued. A young master of subtlety, Ben Attia’s cinema finds patience and quietude where few of his contemporaries have.|
Dear Son – November 7
Hedi – Available Now
John Carpenter’s 1980s: A Double Bill
|Two masterworks from one of the most influential masters of American horror cinema, John Carpenter: the H.P. Lovecraft inspired The Fog and Escape from New York, an all-timer and one of the most political Hollywood films of the 1980s. We insist you watch both, to take in the magnitude of Carpenter’s twin visions of America. |
The Fog – November 13
Escape from New York – November 14
|Beyond the Wonder: Terrence Malick Expanded|
|A thematic pairing that enriches both films separately: Terrence Malick’s career-shifting and unsung masterwork To the Wonder, starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, and Javier Bardem, and Eugene Richards’s Thy Kingdom Come, which was conceived with Bardem on the set of Malick’s film, that extends and heightens out some of the film’s characters and themes. |
To The Wonder – November 20
Kingdom Come – November 21
|Landscape Plus: The Films of Laida Lertxundi|
The Basque Country-born, California-educated Laida Lertxundi is one of the most notable and revered experimental filmmakers of the last decade. A rare occasion to see her work digitally, Autoficción and 025 Sunset Red are two essential, sun-baked shorts in an oeuvre that continues to be playful and expand the boundaries of a cinema.
Autoficción – November 22
025 Sunset Red – November 23
|Where the Wild Things Are: A Werner Herzog Double Bill|
|Werner Herzog needs no introduction, but there’s always an occasion to make time for any of his films. We’ve paired Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, which ponders the impact of the digital world and artificial intelligence, with Grizzly Man, one of Herzog’s most revered works, about a hubristic documentarian who got too close to his untamed subjects. |
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World – November 27
Grizzly Man – November 28