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An experimental filmmaker and nomad, Chantal Akerman shared with Marianne Lambert her cinematic trajectory, one that never ceased to interrogate the meaning of her existence. And with her editor and long-time collaborator, Claire Atherton, she examines the origins of her film language and aesthetic stance.
The great Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman crafts a moving portrait of her relationship with her mother, an Auschwitz survivor whose harrowing past and chronic anxiety has greatly shaped her daughter's art.
Using the words and ideas of great filmmakers, from archival interviews with Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Bresson to new interviews with Mike Leigh, David Lynch, and Jonas Mekas, Oscar-winning filmmaker Chuck Workman shows what these filmmakers and others do that can't be expressed in words - but only in cinema. (imdb)
A tale of an occidental merchant, Kaspar Almayer, whose dreams of riches for his beloved daughter, Nina, collapse under the weight of his own greed and prejudice. (imdb)
A video interview with the Belgian director Chantal Akerman, where she muses about life, cinema and his work.
À l'Est avec Sonia Wieder-Atherton (2009) - TV Movie
Having always given music a leading role in her films, in this documentary director Chantal turns her camera to Sonia Wieder-Atherton, the cellist who had been present in her works since the 1980s. A documentary on Atherton's art, life, and relationship with Akerman.
O Estado do Mundo is a compilation of 6 different short movies, retracting differents views of people above the world, showing people from different continents.
Là-bas was shot by Chantal Akerman during a short stay in an apartment in Tel Aviv. Is normal life possible there? Are images possible there? A film without the slightest intention - except to be without intention, so that something can become visible or possibly happen. (Quancard contemporary art)
A writer living with her mother finds her apartment cramped and makes various desperate attempts to battle writer's block.
A young Mexican man recounts the tragic story of his brother's attempt to enter into the US.
An adaptation of Proust's "La Prisonniere" (book five of "Remembrance of Things Past")
A film about the South of the United States, a journey undertaken after the murder of James Byrd Jr by three white men. This is not an analysis of this killing, or of the history of lynchings, but rather a consideration of how this death has been inscribed on the countryside: how silences can suddenly seem menacing, how nature can evoke death, blood and history, how the South of the present can evoke the South of the past. (Rotten Tomatoes)
Dr. Henry Harriston is a successful psychoanalyst in New York City. When he is near a nervous breakdown, he arranges to change his flat with Beatrice Saulnier from France for a while. (imdb)
Chantal Akerman's entry into the "Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge" series. (anonymous)
A wordless documentary about the ex-soviet bloc shortly after the end of the cold war.
Jack and Julie live in a bare flat in Paris. At night, Jack drives a taxi while Julie wanders around the city, and in the day they make love. (imdb)
Histoires d'Amérique tells the informal history of Jewish life for the past century. Linking cultural identity with storytelling, Akerman explores immigration, family, philosophy, and the holocaust.
Trois Strophes Sur Le Nom De Sacher (1989) - Short Film
This short film of Wieder-Atherton playing the title piece by Henri Dutilleux. (imdb)
An experimental musical set in a shopping mall and focusing on three female hairdressers.
What constitutes a deadly sin today? Seven of the world's best-known women directors produce their own version of celluloid sin in this omnibus film.
J'ai faim, j'ai froid (1984) - Short Film
The short classical film of Chantal Akerman, describes two girls in Brussels who run away from home. They chain smoke and obsessively repeat the words: "I'm hungry, I'm cold". What does fate have in store for two young penniless women in the big city? (iwff.net)
Lettre d'un cinéaste: Chantal Akerman (1984) - Short Film
Self-portrait made with humour, in which Chantal Akerman says what is needed to make a movie.
Un jour Pina m'a demandé (1983) - TV Movie
Chantal Akerman followed famous Choreographer Pina Bausch and her company of dancers, The Tanzteater Wuppertal, for five weeks while they were on tour in Germany, Italy and France. Her objective was to capture Pina Bausch's unparalleled art not only on stage by behind the scenes. (imdb)
L'homme à la valise (1983) - TV Movie
A sensitivity to sounds coming from the activities of an unwelcome guest in the close quarters of an apartment is only one important component in this atmospheric, avant-garde drollery by Chantal Akerman. When the apartment owner comes home, her guest is settled in and at first, the slightly reclusive host decides simply to eat her breakfast in her room instead of having to face morning conversation with her guest. (All Movie Guide)
All of the time and effort put forth to stage a musical is chronicled here in this bright and funny French outing. The story is set at a shopping mall where people audition for an upcoming show. Afterward, they are seen going through the grueling routines of learning the music and rehearsing. (all movie guide)
Following over two dozen different people in the almost wordless atmosphere of a dark night in a Brussels town, Akerman examines acceptance and rejection in the realm of romance (imdb)
Room 666 (1982) - TV Movie
During the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, Wenders asks a number of film directors from around the world to get, each one at a time, into a hotel room, turn on the camera and sound recorder, and, in solitude, answer a simple question: "What is the future of cinema?". (imdb)
Dis-moi (1980) - TV Movie
Chantal Akerman visits with three Jewish grandmothers who recount the stories of their families, their descendants and forebears. Akerman also interviews her own mother, who lost her family in Auschwitz and was raised by her grandmother. It was produced as an installment of a TV series about grandmothers.
Anna, a detached and diffident director, arrives in Germany to show her latest film; she checks into a hotel, invites a stranger to her bed, and abruptly tells him to leave. (imdb)
Jeanne Dielman, a young widow, lives with her son Sylvain following an immutable order: While the boy is in school she cares for the flat and receives her clients in the afternoon. (imdb)
'Je' is a girl voluntarily lock up in a room. 'Tu' is the script. 'Il' is a lorry driver. 'Elle' is the girlfriend. (imdb)
Le 15/8 (1973) - Short Film
The film follows a Finnish girl in an apartment in Paris on August 15, 1973. Thanks to a voiceover narration, we enter the girl's banal and repetitive thoughts.
Chantal Akerman films a hotel in a way that later would become her personal shooting style.
La chambre (1972) - Short Film
Short in which Chantal Akerman shows a room in a house
A young mother, alone with her daughter, confides in a friend who happens to be the director herself. Chantal Akerman, although she sympathizes with the mother, does not say a word. (imdb)
Saute ma ville (1968) - Short Film
Saute Ma Ville channels all the despondency, destructiveness and enraged obnoxiousness of teenage girls into a tight thirteen minute sequence consisting of our heroine (below) destroying a kitchen as she attempts to cook, clean and polish her shoes (and, as she attempts to feed and care for it, kill one cat). (bourbonandtea.blogspot.com)