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What Is an Auteur?

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The idea of a film director being the “auteur”—or author—of a film is one that was put to paper by François Truffaut in the 1950s, reformulated by American critic Andrew Sarris in the 1960s, and has been debated and re-interpreted ever since. MUBI’s new series aims to explore the increasingly complicated question of what constitutes an auteur. With this ongoing program, arranged in a series of director double bills ranging from the likes of Alfonso Cuarón to Claire Denis, we hope to elucidate this nebulous term while also shedding light on some of cinema’s finest masters along the way.

Hadewijch

Bruno Dumont फ्रांस, 2009

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Faith is an increasingly neglected theme in contemporary cinema, but not so for Bruno Dumont, who with each film challenges our understanding of modern spirituality. In Hadewijch he continues his search with the experiences of an exiled nun’s encounters with the transience and dangers of devotion.

Flanders

Bruno Dumont फ्रांस, 2006

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देखने के लिए 4 दिन
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Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Bruno Dumont’s forlorn love story asks where the roots of modern violence is in the rural countryside. Flanders audacious finds the temptations of passion and cruelty both on the battlefield and in the illusion of peace at home.

White Material

Claire Denis फ्रांस, 2009

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देखने के लिए 22 दिन
What Is an Auteur?

With her Robert Pattinson-led High Life in theatres, we pay homage to Claire Denis and her marvelous dancing impressionism. For this collaboration with Isabelle Huppert, the director, who grew up in French Africa, returns to her roots for a powerful story about the death throes of white colonialism.

Bastards

Claire Denis फ्रांस, 2013

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देखने के लिए 23 दिन
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After the wide canvas of her Africa-set White Material, the great Claire Denis turned her sensuous storytelling to the black heart of contemporary film noir. Her fascinating, sinister thriller stars Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni, and two Denis regulars: Alex Descas and Grégoire Colin.

Battle in Heaven

Carlos Reygadas मेक्सिको, 2005

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Behold! Art cinema in all its grandeur. If you miss the glory days of lauded, grandiose artists making controversial films with spellbinding visual approaches and headline-grabbing, risqué content, look no further than Mexican visionary Carlos Reygadas and his sophomore vision Battle in Heaven.

Silent Light

Carlos Reygadas मेक्सिको, 2007

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1 दिन
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Reygadas proved himself one of the most controversial contemporary directors when he won Best Director at Cannes in 2012 with this gorgeous remixing of Dreyer’s Ordet. Weaving the sacred and the profane, the holy and the damned, Silent Light is one of the great modern films on the subject of faith.

Jesus, You Know

Ulrich Seidl ऑस्ट्रिया, 2003

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4 दिन
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Fluidly moving between fiction and docs, the films of Austria’s foremost director, Ulrich Seidl, are a cross between Erich von Stroheim’s sensuous anthropology and Herzog’s ecstatic blend of fact and imagination. This confrontative inquiry of Catholicism is a direct revelation of individual faith.

Import/Export

Ulrich Seidl ऑस्ट्रिया, 2007

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5 दिन
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An epic exposé of the relationship between Europe and countries to its east, Ulrich Seidl’s drama is an engrossing and provocative tale of humans, economies, and dreams. Rooted in real-world research and stunningly photographed by the great Ed Lachman, this is a global story told on a human scale.

Sex Is Comedy

Catherine Breillat फ्रांस, 2002

5 दिन पहले एक्सपायर हो गया
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Our next film by provocatrice Catherine Breillat gives you a glimpse behind the scenes: her signature dramas of sex and psychology, taking place on a movie set! Clearly inspired by the making of Breillat’s controversial Fat Girl, this is a bracing self-inquiry into the power-games of moviemaking.

Anatomy of Hell

Catherine Breillat फ्रांस, 2004

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Alert: Not for the faint-of-heart! Breillat approaches sex in ways no (male) filmmaker has ever done. Her unwavering exploration of femininity peaks in this loose sequel to Romance. Here she fearlessly blurs the line between porn and art—and casting porn legend Siffredi is just the beginning.

4:44 Last Day on Earth

Abel Ferrara संयुक्त राज्य अमरीका, 2011

12 दिन पहले एक्सपायर हो गया
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Cinema has seen its share of apocalyptic scenarios, yet none fuse intimacy with prescience like this one. Eradicating all spectacle from the dramatic palette, 4:44 is instead a frequently oneiric, entirely humanist reckoning with the end of existence from the perspective of a Manhattan apartment.

King of New York

Abel Ferrara संयुक्त राज्य अमरीका, 1990

13 दिन पहले एक्सपायर हो गया
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Abel Ferrara, the iconoclastic cinema-poet of New York City, directs this sleek, savage masterpiece. Walken gives a career-best performance as the titular socialist gangster (you read that right) whose name was even taken up by late rapper Notorious B.I.G. as a pseudonym. A key film of the 1990s.

Phoenix

Christian Petzold जर्मनी, 2014

19 दिन पहले एक्सपायर हो गया
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Our second film by contemporary German auteur Christian Petzold is his biggest hit to date, a devilishly clever and twisting adaptation of Vertigo to the suspicions and unease of a post-war Germany left in ruin. Like Barbara, it stars the inimitable Nina Hoss in a challenging but unforgettable role.

Barbara

Christian Petzold जर्मनी, 2012

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With the new thriller by Christian Petzold in cinemas (read our interview about Transit) our auteur series turns to highlighting this brilliant German. Adroitly combining genre cinema with deeper inquiries into his nation’s painful 20th century, Petzold’s films are as enthralling as they are smart.

Barbara

Mathieu Amalric फ्रांस, 2017

26 दिन पहले एक्सपायर हो गया
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French pop legend Barbara is far too special to make a normal biopic about. Instead, Mathieu Amalric, subject of this week’s double feature, creates an imaginatively free and dazzling portrait not just of Barbara, but of the challenge of an actress (Jeanne Balibar) to embody such a unique person.

The Blue Room

Mathieu Amalric फ्रांस, 2014

27 दिन पहले एक्सपायर हो गया
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Next in our survey of the signatures of great filmmakers is a double feature by one better known as an actor: Mathieu Amalric. Yet Amalric’s films behind the camera are distinct, sly and enthralling, especially this puzzlebox neo-noir which cleverly fragments a crime of passion into a mystery.

Blue Steel

Kathryn Bigelow संयुक्त राज्य अमरीका, 1989

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One of the most under-valued films by the director of The Hurt Locker, Bigelow turns a male-oriented genre upside down in this gritty, gripping policier by putting a female cop (Jamie Lee Curtis at her best) in the lead. As in the best cop thrillers, the personal and professional are inextricable.

Near Dark

Kathryn Bigelow संयुक्त राज्य अमरीका, 1987

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Master auteur Kathryn Bigelow has crafted some of the most purely sensorial and kinetic genre cinema of our time. Exhibit A: Near Dark, her sophomore film, is a bewitching vampire-action-horror hybrid that descends into the hidden worlds of rural America to find hell. Erotic, violent, and essential.

Y tu mamá también

Alfonso Cuarón मेक्सिको, 2001

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Alfonso Cuarón’s excellence became crystal clear with his fourth feature, Y tu mamá también. The birthplace of both Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal’s stardom, this deceptively sublime road movie broke ground by expressing the many complexities intrinsic to the sexual odyssey that is youth.

Sólo con tu pareja

Alfonso Cuarón मेक्सिको, 1991

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What Is an Auteur?

This year we’re excited to launch “What Is An Auteur?,” a new series of double bills dedicated to exploring what defines the style, sensibility and perspective of directors. With Roma being one of last year’s true masterpieces, we’re starting with Alfonso Cuarón and his satiric, sexy Mexican debut.

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