In praise of Chantal Akerman: 6/6/50 - 5/10/15
One of the boldest cinematic visionaries of the past quarter century, the film-school dropout Chantal Akerman takes a profoundly personal and aesthetically idiosyncratic approach to the form. Akerman has made over 40 works and each film of Akerman's is a world unto itself; they are often shot in real time in a space that is part of the character's identity. Each frame is carefully composed, and to blink is to miss something crucial, as every succeeding moment is pregnant with the expectation that something is about to happen.
Interview with Chantal Akerman
from Ricky D'Ambrose
Interview with filmmaker Chantal Akerman.
Recorded November 2013.
Hotel Monterey - Chantal Akerman, 1972 59:34
Hotel Monterey is a cheap hotel in New York reserved for the outcasts of American society. Chantal Akerman invites viewers to visit this unusual place as wall as the people who live there, from the reception up to the last story.
Chantal Akerman on Jeanne Dielman 6:33
In this 2009 interview for the Criterion Collection, filmmaker Chantal Akerman recalls conceiving and making her 1975 masterpiece JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES, and talks about how important it was to have an almost exclusively female crew.
Saute ma ville 1968 12:31
The first short movie by Chantal Akerman. Akerman claimed that, at the age of 15, after viewing Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou (1965), she decided, that same night, to make movies. In 1971, Akerman's first film 'Saute ma ville' premiered at the Oberhausen short-film festival. That year, she moved to New York City, where she remained until 1972.
Chantal Akerman: Too Far, Too Close 6:10 1995(?)
Belgian director Chantal Akerman gained world success with her masterpiece 'Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles' (1975) and consolidated her reputation with films like 'Toute une Nuit', 'Les années 80' and 'Le Marteau'. In the early nineties Akerman shifted her career from strictly film into the arts. She participated, amongst other exhibitions, at dOCUMENTA 10 and 11. It dated from 1995 since Akerman exhibited in her native country with a massive retrospective. In 'Too far, Too Close' the M HKA presented an overview from Akermans oeuvre starting with the 1968 production 'Saute ma Ville' and ending with her most recent work, 'Maniac Summer'.