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13 June 2023: Fassbinder Thousands of Mirrors introduced by Ian Penman


We're very excited to partner with Fitzcarraldo Editions in presenting Fassbinder’s Fox and His Friends to mark the publication of Ian Penman’s Fassbinder Thousands of Mirrors who will introduce the film.

Fox and His Friends
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1975, 124 min

“A lottery win leads not to financial and emotional freedom but to social captivity, in this wildly cynical classic about love and exploitation by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Casting himself against type, the director plays a suggestible working-class innocent who lets himself be taken advantage of by his bourgeois new boyfriend and his circle of materialistic friends, leading to the kind of resonant misery that only Fassbinder could create. Fox and His Friends is unsparing social commentary, an amusingly pitiless and ground-breaking if controversial depiction of a gay community in 1970s West Germany.” – Janus Films

Ian Penman is a British writer, music journalist, and critic. He is the author of the collections Vital Signs: Music, Movies, and Other Manias (Serpent’s Tail, 1998) and It Gets Me Home, This Curving Track (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2019). Fassbinder Thousands of Mirrors is his first original book. 

Fitzcarraldo Editions is an independent publisher specialising in contemporary fiction and long-form essays. Founded in 2014, it focuses on ambitious, imaginative and innovative writing, both in translation and in the English language. Fitzcarraldo Editions publishes, among other authors, 2015, 2018 and 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature laureates Svetlana Alexievich, Olga Tokarczuk and Annie Ernaux.