Film Screening of Nine Queens by Fabian Bielinsky, Argentina (2000/2024)  
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Fabian Bielinsky’s Nine Queens is paramount in the Argentinean cinema of the last decades, a perfect blend of auteur and industrial cinema. Its new remastered version is the pivotal example of a golden era of Argentinean cinema. As this era reaches its apparent end, the institutions which made Nine Queens possible are being dismantled by newly elected president Javier Milei, a self-professed libertarian whose ultraliberal, authoritarian project has declared an open war on public cultural institutions. While the film follows the story of Juan, a con artist from Buenos Aires who stumbles upon a scam which might secure his father’s release from prison, Nine Queens is much more than just a heist thriller. Its characters, themes, and thick mysteries drive a plot which unearths the complexities of an Argentinean society on the brink of economic collapse in the early 21st century; and which might give us clues to think through its authoritarian turn in the present.

After the screening we will have a Q&A with Argentinian scholars and art activists. A small wine reception will follow. 

Day: Wednesday 8 May 2024
Time: 18:00 – 21:00
Where: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

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