Duncan Jones’ Mute gets UK cinema release
James R | On 20, Feb 2018
Duncan Jones’ Mute arrives this Friday on Netflix, but for fans disappointed that they won’t get to see it on a big screen, there’s good news: you can.
Netflix is teaming up with Curzon Cinemas to release the sci-fi, from the director of Moon and Source Code, across the country. The film will be screening in Curzon Aldgate, Canterbury, Mayfair, RIpon, Sheffield, Soho, Victoria, Wimbledon from Friday 23rd February, with screenings taking place throughout the day and during the following week.
Curzon is no stranger to the world of streaming, with its own VOD platform, Curzon Home Cinema, making it one of the leading forces in digital distribution and day-and-date releases in the UK. Curzon has also recently teamed up with subscription service FilmStruck to launch the UK arm of the US streaming site. But Curzon is also committed to bringing Netflix movies to the big screen, with an ongoing exclusive partnership that has seen the exhibitor release Beasts of No Nation, Mudbound and more on the same day as their Netflix debut.
In the US, meanwhile, Duncan Jones has confirmed that there will also be limited theatrical screenings of Mute, with one preview screening in LA on Thursday 22nd February featuring the director and Star Wars helmer Rian Johnson in a post-film Q&A – presumably ruling out the possibility of Duncan Jones jumping on a plane to England to appear at any cinema screenings, as he has done previously with Source Code.
The film, which stars Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, and Justin Theroux, takes place in Berlin, in a future that’s close enough to feel familiar. In this loud, often brutal city, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) – unable to speak from a childhood accident – searches for his missing girlfriend, the love of his life, his salvation, through dark streets, frenzied plazas, and the full spectrum of the cities shadow-dwellers. As he seeks answers, Leo finds himself mixed up with Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck (Justin Theroux), a pair of irreverent US army surgeons on a mission all their own. Their resulting journey imagines a world of strange currencies in which echoes of love and humanity are still worth listening to.
Can’t find a Curzon near you? The good news is that the film’s still available worldwide on Netflix from Friday. Watch the trailer here – or, for an insight into the film’s soundtrack, composer Clint Mansell is posting a series of Instagram Stories this week in the run-up to the release.