We always do our best to better understand ourselves. In July over at MUBI, we will search for identity, culture and what we call home.
A month that the Boutique distributor and streaming service will give us Davy Chou’s refreshing authentic Return To Seoul. Music in Film, Ken Loach, trouble on sets plus much more…
MUBI RELEASES: RETURN TO SEOUL
Following the theatrical release in May, we are thrilled to bring Davy Chou’s Return to Seoul (2022) exclusively to MUBI this July. Featuring a revelatory performance from newcomer Park Ji-Min, the film tells the story of 25-year-old Freddie, who impulsively returns to her birthplace of South Korea for the first time since she was adopted and raised in France. This bittersweet journey of self-discovery sees Freddie travel from South Korea’s vibrant, neon-soaked capital to its tranquil port cities, in search of a better understanding of her own identity, culture and home. Return to Seoul (2022) is an unpredictable and refreshingly authentic story of a young woman’s search for identity, and of the ever-shifting relationships that shape it.
Return to Seoul (Davy Chou, 2022) – 7th July
TURN IT UP: MUSIC ON FILM
Returning this July is our Turn It Up: Music On Film focus. Encompassing both documentary and fiction, our selection of music films celebrates the electric magnetism of performance, but also moves beyond the glitz and glamour of the stage to dive into the lives, trials, and tribunals of the artists themselves. Spanning multiple musical genres, this special includes Lian Lunson’s intimate tribute documentary Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (2005), Max Minghella’s spirited debut Teenage Spirit (2018) and Todd Hayes’ impressionistic portrait of Bob Dylan, I’m Not There (2007).
Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (Lian Lunson, 2005) – 2nd July
Teen Spirit (Max Minghella, 2018) – 8th July
Meet Doug (Théo Jollet, 2021) – 12th July
20,000 Days on Earth (Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard, 2014)- 16th July
Rude Boy (Jack Hazan, David Mingay, 2018) – 19th July
I’m Not There (Todd Haynes, 2007) – 28th July
Ken Loach has established himself as a prominent and influential filmmaker known for his socially conscious storytelling and unflinching portrayals of working-class struggles and political issues. The first film in this focus is the historical drama Land and Freedom (1995). Set during the Spanish Civil War, this heart-wrenching depiction of camaraderie amidst conflict follows a young Englishman who joins the fight against fascism in Spain. Following this we bring Loach’s contemporary drama, Bread and Roses (1993), which focuses on the plight of immigrant workers in Los Angeles, shedding light on issues such as labour exploitation and immigration rights. This special director focus continues into August with Raining Stones (1993) and Carla’s Song (1996).
Land and Freedom (Ken Loach, 1995) – 9th July
Bread and Roses (Ken Loach, 1995) – 30th July
Raining Stones (Ken Loach, 1993) – Coming Soon
Carla’s Song (Ken Loach, 1996) – Coming Soon
TROUBLE ON SET
his July, we present Trouble On Set, a series with a focus on films that explore the behind-the-scenes aspects of filmmaking and more specifically, the challenges and complexities of it. Whether it’s technical difficulties, personal conflicts or creative differences, the films in this series all show the chaotic aspects of working on sets. Kicking the series off on 6th July is the satirical drama Birdman (2014), followed by Michael Winterbottom’s metaphorical adaption of the novel Tristram Shandy, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005). Also included in this series are Beware of Holy Whore (1971) and Living in Oblivion (1995), both of which are available to view now.
Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2014) – 6th July
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (Michael Winterbottom, 2005) – 14th July
Beware of A Holy Whore (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1971) – Available now
Living in Oblivion (Tom DiCillo, 1995) – Available now
SHORT FILMS BIG NAMES
Mia Hansen-Løve’s exceptional talent to capture nuanced, subtle emotions on screen are showcased in her atmospheric short film Un Pur Esprit (2004). An early example of her gentle touch and the empathy afforded to her protagonists, the film follows a girl walking reflexively in a park observing the activity of the people around her. Shot softly in black and white on Super 16 and sonically focusing on evocative, natural soundscapes.
Un Pur Esprit (Mia Hansen-Løve, 2004) – 7th July
Exclusive streaming premieres from the most prestigious international film festivals and rediscovered classics selected by MUBI’s curators
[Rediscovered] Set against a background of riots, racist and anti-racist demonstrations, Jack Hazan and David Mingay’s infamous pseudo-documentary Rude Boy (1980) is an energetic, raw and iconic portrait of 1970s Britain. Featuring extensive live concert footage and behind-the-scenes access to The Clash at the peak of the punk-era, including the iconic Rock Against Racism performance in London’s Victoria Park.
Ray Gange, an aimless Soho sex-shop employee friends with The Clash’s commanding frontman Joe Strummer, transforms from fan to roadie. However, his questionable work ethic and politics are not in line with the band’s plan to rage musically against the growing nationalism of the time.
Rude Boy (Jack Hazan, David Mingay, 1980) – 19th July
[Brief Encounters] Théo Jollet plays with genres and expectations combining horror and sci-fi tropes with the aesthetics of hip-hop music videos in his fantasy hip-hop musical Meet Doug (2020).
In a small town in the centre of France, Doug and his friends hang around the municipal stadium forming a little aimless community, having fun making jokes and rapping freestyles. This frail balance is soon disrupted when a mystical figure emerges to upset the lives of those who see it.
Meet Doug (Théo Jollet, 2020) – 12th July
[Debuts] Everybody Loves Jeanne (2022) is the charming and tender debut feature from award-winning animated film director, Céline Devaux. The amusing anti-romantic comedy explores serious themes like depression, climate anxiety and grief with lightness.
Everybody has always loved Jeanne, but, these days, she hates herself. Up to her ears in debt, she has to go to Lisbon and sell her late mother’s apartment. At the airport, she runs into Jean, a fanciful and somewhat intrusive former high school classmate.
Everybody Loves Jeanne (Céline Devaux, 2022) – 27th July
MUBI UK JULY 2023
1/7/2023 | Paranoid Park | Gus Van Sant | No Comply: Three by Gus Van Sant
2/7/2023 | Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man | Lian Lunson | No Comply: Three by Gus Van Sant
3/7/2023 | Dear Comrades! | Andrey Konchalovskiy
4/7/2023 | Like Someone in Love | Abbas Kiarostami
5/7/2023 | Un Pur Esprit | Mia Hansen-Løve | Short Films Big Names
6/7/2023 | Birdman | Alejandro González Iñárritu | Trouble on Set
7/7/2023 | Return to Seoul | Davy Chou | The New Auteurs
8/7/2023 | Teen Spirit | Max Minghella | Turn It Up: Music on Film
9/7/2023 | Land and Freedom | Ken Loach | Ken Loach
10/7/2023 | In My Room | Ulrich Köhler
11/7/2023 | Room at the Top | Jack Clayton
12/7/2023 | Meet Doug | Théo Jollet | Brief Encounters
13/7/2023 | Opening Night | John Cassavetes | Under the Influence: Films By John Cassavetes
14/7/2023 | Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story | Michael Winterbottom | Trouble on Set
15/7/2023 | L.A. Confidential | Curtis Hanson
16/7/2023 | 20,000 Days on Earth | Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard | Turn It Up: Music on Film
17/7/2023 | Of Time and the City | Terence Davies
18/7/2023 | Whores’ Glory | Michael Glawogger
19/7/2023 | Rude Boy | David Mingay, Jack Hazan | Rediscovered
20/7/2023 | Bend It Like Beckham | Gurinder Chadha
21/7/2023 | The Big Short | Adam McKay
22/7/2023 | Brazil | Terry Gilliam | Robert De Niro Focus (TBD)
23/7/2023 | Baghead | Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
24/7/2023 | Deep Crimson | Arturo Ripstein
25/7/2023 | The New Girlfriend | François Ozon
26/7/2023 | Kokoloko | Gerardo Naranjo
27/7/2023 | Everybody Loves Jeanne | Céline Devaux | Debuts
28/7/2023 | I’m Not There | Todd Haynes | Turn It Up: Music on Film
29/7/2023 | Monster’s Ball | Marc Forster
30/7/2023 | Bread and Roses | Ken Loach | Ken Loach
31/7/2023 | Volubilis | Faouzi Bensaïdi