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October 5th 2016

Anniversary of the death of Chantal Akerman

We remember Chantal.


Last year news came of the dreadful and so untimely suicide of Chantal Akerman, an artist who we had been fortunate to get to know over the course of a complete retrospective of her screen works and then a vast exhibition of her installation work.

Hopefully any reader will know all about these - the complete retrospective we mounted at ICA London, with break out screenings all over the UK; the mid-retrospective symposium at JW3 Centre that Akerman herself attended; and the ambitious exhibition we brought to Ambika P3.

We intended a conference be held to coincide with the culmination of this frenzy of activity, and although the University of Westminster were committed, we thought that we should take a break before attempting such a venture. Happily the University has never lost faith and so we are delighted to announce that in November the conference will take place:


The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) will host a two-day international conference that will celebrate and critically explore the work and legacy of Chantal Akerman. 

The conference will take as its theme Akerman's thought that:

“When you try to show reality in cinema, most of the time it’s totally false. But when you show what’s going on in people’s minds that’s very cinematic.”

The Conference Dates are:

4pm Friday 4 November - Sunday 6 November 2016

Conference Venue:

University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW, and 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS

A number of speakers have already been announced:

Janet Bergstrom (UCLA)

Sandy Flitterman-Lewis (Rutgers University)

Angela McRobbie, (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Dominique Paini, (Paris)

Griselda Pollock (University of Leeds)

Adam Roberts (A Nos Amours)

Corinnne Rondeau (University of Nimes)

Marion Schmid (University of Edinburgh)

Keep an eye for updates on the A Nos Amours web site and on the University web site here


Read A Nos Amours' tribute to Chantal Akerman as published in the Guardian on 8.10.15 - here

Find tributes from Todd Haynes and others, and contribute your own on the A Nos Amours blog - here. Tributes can be in any form: paintings, drawings, videos, texts...


Chantal Akerman tribute page - submissions welcome by email to

A Nos Amours blog
(new writing is very welcome)

About the A Nos Amours blog

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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.