New to Stream: MUBI’s November 2020 Film Slate
MUBI, the premier streaming service for curated films, has revealed its November slate packed with recent festival hits and rediscovered classics. Nimic, the latest work by award-winning director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite, The Lobster), premieres exclusively on MUBI on November 27. Starring Oscar nominee Matt Dillon and written by Lanthimos with frequent collaborator Efthimis Filippou, Nimic is a compact thriller about identity, perception, relationships, and circularity.
November will kick off with the exclusive online premiere of Angela Schanelec’s I Was at Home, But…, an enigmatic story of family and loss that confirms the German auteur’s status as a modern master. To coincide with the US election on November 3rd, MUBI is proud to exclusively present a new restoration of Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind. Making its way through 400 years of American history, this thought-provoking documentary by John Gianvito visits the resting places of such famed figures as Malcolm X, Mother Jones, Frederick Douglass, Cesar Chavez, Susan B. Anthony and Crazy Horse, alongside lesser-known but equally important heroes and radicals. Other exclusive premieres include Nova Lituania, a bold feature debut by Lithuanian director Karolis Kaupinis, and the 4k restoration of Björk’s first film performance in the lyrical The Juniper Tree by Nietzchka Keene.
In honor of legendary Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui, who last month received the Golden Lion award for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival, MUBI will present a triple bill featuring some of her most notable work from the last decade. This selection includes: Our Time Will Come (2017), a subtle and moving study of Hong Kong’s WWII resistance movement; The Golden Era (2014), the unconventional biopic of Chinese writer-activist Xiao Hong; and A Simple Life (2011), a deeply moving story about the relationship between a young man and a family servant starring Hong Kong superstars Andy Lau and Deannie Yip.
Other programs of note include a double bill by Shinya Tsukamoto, one of the most distinctive names in modern Japanese cinema, and the return of Stephen Nomura Schible’s Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA to celebrate the film’s release on Blu-ray and DVD this month.
Highlights from the November lineup are as follows:
EXCLUSIVELY ON MUBI
MUBI is thrilled to exclusively premiere Yorgos Lanthimos’s newest film Nimic directly following its successful festival run, which included showings at Locarno, TIFF, Rotterdam, and NYFF. This mind-bending thriller starring Matt Dillon echoes the distinctive style and themes frequently explored in Lanthimos’s previous work with intriguing results.
Nimic — November 27
After presenting the online premiere of The Dreamed Path and an extensive director retrospective in 2018, MUBI is proud to return to the innovative work of “Berlin School” filmmaker Angela Schanelec with the exclusive presentation of her latest work I Was at Home, But… Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at last year’s Berlinale, the film is layered with her signature beguiling style and playful sense of humor.
I Was at Home, But… — November 1
On Election Day, MUBI will present the world premiere of a new restoration of John Gianvito’s epic documentary Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind (TIFF ‘07). This one-of-a-kind work charts 400 years of American history, journeying to gravesites, monuments, and memorials that reconstruct an alternative view of the American story. With his latest work Her Socialist Smile premiering this month at NYFF, John Gianvito is one of the great American documentarians working today and this meditative look at the nature of democratic progress is worthy of rediscovery.
Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind — November 3
This touching, visceral short from German artist and filmmaker Luise Donschen premiered at last year’s New York Film Festival. Arranged as a series of elusive and fragmented vignettes, Entire Days Together follows a teenager being treated for epilepsy and captures her disorienting struggle to adapt and adjust to the outside world.
Entire Days Together — November 4
One of the boldest feature debuts from the recent festival circuit, Karolis Kaupinis’s Nova Lituania (Karlovy Vary ‘19) is a sardonic, absurdist account of Lithuania’s precarious position in the late 1930s. Based on true events and shot in beautiful black and white, the film centers on a geographer professor’s seemingly preposterous plan to build a new Lithuania overseas to avoid total destruction at the hands of the surrounding Soviets and Nazis.
Nova Lituania — November 9
Mixing myth and reality, Cemetery (Rotterdam ‘20) follows a Sri Lankan elephant amidst a natural disaster. With otherworldly imagery and a transcendent soundscape, this experimental documentary possesses a transportive, spiritual quality, while also exposing the harsh realities of poaching.
Cemetery — November 18
Following its release at New York’s Metrograph last year, MUBI is proud to present the exclusive online premiere of a new 4k restoration of The Juniper Tree. Shot in breathtaking black and white, this otherworldly Brothers Grimm adaptation was Björk’s first feature film role. This feminist fairy tale will debut on the Icelandic artist’s birthday next month.
The Juniper Tree — November 21
Overseas (Locarno ‘19) follows a group of women in the Philippines as they train to become domestic workers and prepare to be deployed abroad and enter the global workforce. This groundbreaking documentary from South Korean director Yoon Sung-A blends reenactments and stylized sequences with observational documentary to craft a sympathetic, illuminating depiction of domestic labor in the modern world.
Overseas — November 25
After receiving a lifetime achievement award at Venice last month, MUBI is proud to present this triple bill dedicated to the legendary Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui. With an eclectic, expansive filmography that spans five decades, Hui is one of the most foundational and critically acclaimed Hong Kong New Wave filmmakers. This selection includes what is often considered her crowning achievement The Golden Era (Venice ‘14), a modernist epic on the life of pioneering 20th-century female novelist Xiao Hong.
Our Time Will Come — November 29
The Golden Era — November 30
A Simple Life — December 1
DOUBLE BILL: THE HUMAN EXTREMES OF SHINYA TSUKAMOTO
MUBI is excited to present this double bill dedicated to Shinya Tsukamoto, one of Japan’s great cult filmmakers and masters of sci-fi and body horror. This selection includes two films that embody the auteur’s intimate, inventive visual style, including his erotic thriller A Snake of June, which won a Special Jury Prize at Venice 2002.
A Snake of June — November 10
Vital — November 11
DOUBLE BILL: TSAI MING-LIANG AND LEE KANG-SHENG
With his latest feature Days having its US premiere at NYFF last month, MUBI returns to the unmatched work of Tsai Ming-liang. This double bill dedicated to the master filmmaker and actor Lee Kang-sheng, who has appeared in all of Tsai Ming-liang’s films, features two of their most celebrated collaborations: the Golden Lion-winning Vive L’amour and the Silver Bear-winning The River.
Vive L’amour — November 13
The River — November 14
To celebrate the film’s new release on Blu-ray and DVD, MUBI will bring Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA (Venice ‘17) back to the platform. Stephen Nomura Schible’s celebrated documentary is both an illuminating depiction of the creative process and an intimate portrait of the artist and the man.
Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA — November 8