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26 April 2019: The Liberated Film Club IV


"Because you're sick of knowing exactly what you're going to get and you're sick when you get it."

The Liberated Film Club began as a pirate DVD company, issuing irregular mail-order catalogues of lost, suppressed and impossible films otherwise unobtainable. In 2014 it held its first event "The Liberated Film Store" as part of a co-curation with Thurston Moore & Eva Prinz's Ecstatic Peace Library. It has since hosted a regular and now monthly event at Close-Up, with guests invited to introduce a film which neither they nor the audience know in advance of screening. As John Akomfrah, one of the previous guests put it: "the premise of this event is the premise of cinema itself. You will not know". Fellow guests have included Sean Price Williams, Xiaolu Guo, Mania Akbari, Chris Petit, Ben Rivers and many more.


We're thrilled to welcome Chloe Aridjis as our special guest for the fourth instalment of The Liberated Film Club, and an edition of 5 risograph printed posters signed by the guest will be available exclusively on the night.

Chloe Aridjis is a London-based Mexican writer. She is the author of three novels, Book of Clouds, which won the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger in France, Asunder, set in the National Gallery, and Sea Monsters, published in February 2019. She sometimes writes about art and in 2015 was guest curator of the Leonora Carrington exhibition at Tate Liverpool, which features heavily in her acting debut: Female Human Animal

The Liberated Film Club is curated by Mundo Schtinter. Schtinter is a liberated filmmaker and artist whose most recent work, Hotel Bardo, was dubbed by Iain Sinclair "the last avant-garde anti-project at the end of time". His 2018 recreation of Princess Diana's funeral (with a Mexican mariachi band in Salford) was widely celebrated as "the people's vote Turner Prize winner", and hailed by London Review of Books, The Guardian, The Daily Star and more. He also runs the anti-record label (anti-everything),

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