Chantal Akerman retrospective continues
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975, 201 mins, 35mm)
Thursday December 12th, 7pm
A Nos Amours continues a retrospective of the complete film works of Chantal Akerman, with her celebrated second feature film.
An astonishing, crystalline film that is as arresting and absorbing as it ever was. A tour-de-force: assured, confident, awe-inspiring. A landmark of cinema.
Chantal Akerman is a film maker whose time has come: it is news that stays news. It is a cinema that reinvents and redefines what film is and can do.
Akerman's work is superficially wide-ranging - documentary and narrative, film and video, 16mm and 35mm, cinema and gallery - and yet her work is characterised by an uncompromising and singular sense of purpose.
What Akerman shows us, by means structural and otherwise, is nothing less than the human condition, a series of astonishing mediations on loneliness and anxiety, alienation and discomfort.
Akerman so quickly, from her earliest work, established a startling and provocative project that is among the very greatest in European film.
As J. Hoberman has said: "Comparable in force and originality to Godard or Fassbinder, Chantal Akerman is arguably the most important European director of her generation".
“I don’t feel like I belong, and that’s without real pain, without pride. Pride happens. No, I’m just disconnected, from practically everything. I have a few anchors, and sometimes I let them go or they let me go, and I drift. That’s most of the time. Sometimes I hang on for a few days, minutes, seconds, then I let go again. I can hardly look. I can hardly hear. Semi-blind, semi-deaf, I float. Sometimes I sink. But not quite. Something, sometimes a detail, brings me back to the surface, and I start floating again…”·(from Akerman's voice over to Down There (2006))
A Nos Amours is grateful to the British Film Institute, the Belgian Embassy, to Picturehouse, to the ICA, to the Royal Belgian Film Archive and to Paradise Films.
A Nos Amours is a collective founded by film-makers Joanna Hogg and Adam Roberts dedicated to programming over-looked, under-exposed or especially potent cinema. A Nos Amours is a moveable feast that goes wherever and whenever opportunities arise. A Nos Amours invites film-makers and others to advocate and present films that they admire or would like to see on a big screen. A Nos Amours believes in the value of watching film as a shared experience.
Start times are yet to be confirmed,
but confirmed Chantal Akerman screenings up to April 2014 are:
23.1.14 News From Home
13.2.14 Les rendez-vous d'Anna
10.4.14 Toute une nuit
24.4.14 Les Années 80