Chantal Akerman (Belgie)

Akerman has become a guiding light in making films about the real issues faced by women, employing an experimental, deeply personal approach to her subjects. A disciple of Godard (who first inspired the then-15-year-old Akerman with his Pierre le fou), Akerman attended Brussels' INSAS film school and the Universite Internationale du Paris. She demonstrated her devotion to Godard with her first amateur short subject, 1968's Saute Ma Ville (Blow up My Town), which three years after its completion was entered in the Oberhausen Festival.

Working on the fringes of show business in New York in the early '70s, Akerman became an enthusiastic participant in the avant garde film movement, putting her theories to good use in such European movie projects as Je Tu Il Elle (1974), Tout Une Nuit (1982), and Seven Women Seven Sins (1986). In 1975, Akerman made her best-known and one of her most influential films,* Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai de Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles*, a film that was barely shown in the U.S., but which generated considerable response in Europe. Filmed largely in real time, it was an over three-hour-long chronicle of mundane episodes from the daily life of a 40-year old woman who snaps when faced with intense emotion and commits a horrifying crime. This focus on activities and occurrences over traditional narrative and continuity is a typical feature of Akerman's films (the 1972 short Hotel Monterey consists entirely of shots of people walking in and out of a rundown New York hotel).

She is also known for utilizing experimental compositions of light and architectural design, with detached, non sequitur soundtracks to underscore the "action." In 1996, Akerman made perhaps her most mainstream film to date,* Un Divan a New York*. A romantic comedy about an American psychoanalyst and a Parisian dancer who agree to switch apartments, it starred William Hurt and Juliette Binoche.

Three years later, Akerman ventured to Jasper, Texas, where she made Sud, a documentary about the horrendous killing of James Byrd, Jr., an African-American man who was savagely murdered by three white men. The film was screened at that year's Cannes Film Festival.

Filmografie

  • No Home Movie
    2015
  • Almayer's Folly
    2011
  • À l'Est avec Sonia Wieder-Atherton
    2009
  • Women from Antwerp in November
    2008
  • Tombée de nuit sur Shanghai
    2007
  • Down There
    2006
  • Tomorrow, We move
    2004
  • From The Other Side
    2001
  • South
    1999
  • A Couch In New York
    1996
  • Night and Day
    1991
  • Food, Family and Philosophy
    1988
  • Golden Eighties
    1986
  • All Night Long
    1982
  • The Meetings of Anna
    1978
  • News From Home
    1977
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
    1976
  • Blow Up My Town
    1968

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