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24 May 2019: The Liberated Film Club V with Athina Tsangari


"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. It hosts a 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 these events is the premise of cinema itself. You will not know". Recent guests have included Chloe Aridjis, Sean Price Williams, Xiaolu Guo, Mania Akbari, Chris Petit, Ben Rivers and many more.


We're thrilled to welcome Athina Tsangari as our special guest for the fifth 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.

Athina Tsangari is a greek director and producer. Her first work in cinema was in a small acting role in Richard Linklater's 1991 film Slacker. She went on to produce work by Linklater, as well as that of Yorgos Lanthimos. She is best known for directing the feature films Attenberg, Chevalier and Benaki Museum.

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),

This event will be the first opportunity to purchase the new vinyl record release by Schtinter's longterm collaborator, Frans Zwartjes.

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