KinoKlub presents The American Underground at Hidden Door Festival

          KinoKlub descends into the Cinema vault at Hidden Door on 2nd April to bring you a selection of underground and avant-garde films from the USA for your enjoyment.

Hidden Door is FREE during the day so from 2.30pm – 5pm we will be showcasing the experimental work by a series of pioneering American filmmakers from the dawn of the avant-garde.

For our main evening screening at 7.30pm, we’ll be showcasing some of the most iconic work by auteur Kenneth Anger, king of the American underground and one of the most influential independent filmmakers in cinema history. His films variously merge surrealism with homoeroticism and the occult, and have been described as containing “elements of erotica, documentary, psychodrama, and spectacle.”

KinoKlub DJ Baron will be on hand to get you in the mood from 7pm, with a DJ set plus American underground visuals after the screening to end your avant-garde evening with us.

For more info on the rest of Hidden Door, check out the blog:


KinoKlub presents Creepy Winter Tales

KinoKlub returns to The Banshee Labyrinth (purported to be Edinburgh’s most haunted pub) to present a selection of creepy surrealist tales to chill your bones, including films by Germaine Dulac, Jiri Barta and an adaptation of the M. R. James classic ghost story “Oh Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, my Lad”.



KinoKlub presents Conspirators of Pleasure

KinoKlub returned in April 2013 with another site-specific screening of one of our favourite surrealists Jan Svankmajer in newly-opened erotic boutique White Rabbit on Broughton Street. And what would be more apt for this setting than screening Conspirators of Pleasure (Czech title: Spiklenci slasti) focusing on six characters’ bizarre fetishes, alongside Svankmajer’s characteristic stop-motion animation?




KinoKlub returns for an expanded cinematic experience at Edinburgh’s Inspace on Wed 28th Nov. In a unique collaboration, we will showcase excerpts from 1920s experimental films, including those by Hans Richter, Eugene Deslaw, Walter Ruttman, Dziga Vertov and Fernand Leger, all with multi-screen projections from VJ Robert Motyka, and an original soundtrack from DJ Red Crayon Spiders.

KinoKlub presents Svankmajer's Alice

Our site-specific screening of Jan Svankmajer’s masterpiece Alice that we held in the basement of a charity shop in August, using the shop’s donations as props for setting the scene of our event. More images from the screening can be found on our facebook page.

KinoKlub presents: Les Yeux Sans Visage + Le Sang Des Betes

KinoKlub, Edinburgh’s surreal film collective, is proud to present Georges Franju’s surreal horror masterpiece Les Yeux Sans Visage (Eyes Without A Face), screening in the environs of Summerhall’s Victorian anatomy theatre.  Made in 1960, Franju’s tale of a celebrated plastic surgeon attempting to find a new face to transplant onto that of his own daughter’s disfigured features, still has the power to shock today.  The feature will be preceeded by a short documentary film by Franju entitled Le Sang Des Betes (Song of the Beasts), documenting the slaughter of animals in a Paris abbatoir.

Please note Le Sang Des Betes contains real images of animal death which may distress some audiences.

25 August 2012, 22:15 (1 hour 40 mins)

KinoKlub at The Scotland-Russia Forum: Ladislas Starevich plus Longbird

Continuing our Institute theme after our last screening at L’Institute Francais, KinoKlub returns with a mini-retrospective of the amazing stop-motion films of Ladislas Starevich (whose name has undergone various spellings) in the (tiny) Scotland-Russia Forum. As an extra special treat, we are also screening The Making of Longbird, a recent short film by Will Anderson which documents the ressurection of a Russian animated character of the same name. KinoKlub is delighted that Anderson, and perhaps Longbird, will be present at the screening for an informal Q&A.

Ladislas Starevich (known as The Insect Man) is a Russian-born early master of stop-motion animation, who was famous for using real animated insects as his main protagonists. A great example of this is The Cameraman’s Revenge (1912) about a marital dispute between a grasshopper, a beetle and a dragonfly. Another famous work by Starevich is The Mascot (1934), a charming tale of a toy dog that goes on a great journey to find an orange for the little girl who owns it. Long overdue a renaissance, the work of Starevich will continue to delight a modern audience. Both these films are included in the KinoKlub programme.

Entry to the event will be subject to a £2 donation, and there will be a donation bar with Russian beer (and perhaps vodka) available. BE WARNED: this space is small and capacity is therefore limited so please turn up early in order to not be disappointed!Image


We’re proud to announce our latest event, a screening of films by Patrick Bokanowski in collaboration with The French Institute.  We will be presenting two of Bokanowski’s short films: La Femme qui se poudre (A Woman Powdering Herself, 1972) and Dejeuner du matin (Morning Lunch, 1974), as well as his feature-length L’ange (The Angel, 1983), a film which stands comparison with the more abstracted moments of David Lynch and the Brothers Quay.

Join us as we delve into the back catalogue of this master of avant-garde experimental cinema! The screening will take place at The French Institute on Friday 20th January at 8pm, entry £2. Drinks and music will be provided during and post-event.

Patrick Bokanowski's L'Ange (1982)