Looking, Really Looking! The Films of Chantal Akerman

  • June 17, 2016 — May 31, 2017

Looking, Really Looking! The Films of Chantal Akerman 1968-2015 is a film and performative program which surveys the work of the Belgian/French filmmaker Chantal Akerman and places it within a conceptual, thematic, and historical context at the intersection of film and contemporary art. Akerman, whose work defies easy categorization, is often placed within feminist, queer, Jewish, and avant-garde circles, yet her oeuvre moves across genres from the documentary/essay to the musical and multi-media installations. Akerman, who took her own life late last year at the age of 65, presents us with complexities and doubts in a body of work that spans forty years and revolves around her personal family history, identity, memory and displacement, often portrayed in long takes within the modest aesthetics of everyday life.

Looking, Really Looking! is presented by the Northwest Film Center and Zena Zezza, a Portland-based contemporary art project, and is curated by Sandra Percival and Morgen Ruff. The project begins with four screenings this summer and resumes in September 2016, running through May 2017.

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Lettre d'un cinéaste- Chantal Akerman

Lettre d’un cinéaste, Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman & Autour de “Jeanne Dielman”

Directed by Chantal Akerman

This program presents three films across three decades on artist/filmmaker Chantal Akerman, who directs two of the films in which


Les rendez-vous d’Anna

Directed by Chantal Akerman

Before pursuing filmmaking, Chantal Akerman set out to be a writer. Like her earlier feature Je tu il elle (1975),


Je tu il elle

Directed by Chantal Akerman

Like her spare, haunting portrait of a wandering filmmaker Les Rendez-vous d'Anna (1978), Akerman originally wrote Je tu il elle


Le 15/8 & Dis-moi

Directed by Chantal Akerman

These three early Chantal Akerman films (spanning the 1970s) bring together different structures by which Akerman finds her own voice—through

Histoires d'Amérique

Histoires d’Amérique (Food, Family, and Philosophy)

Directed by Chantal Akerman

Shot in New York, Akerman’s first English-language film Histoires d’Amerique conjures up an informal history of Jewish life over the


News from Home

Directed by Chantal Akerman

Akerman returned to New York in 1976, having blazed a trail in Europe with her extraordinary Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai

J'ai faim, j'ai froid

J’ai faim, j’ai froid & Portrait d’une jeune fille de la fin des années 60 à Bruxelles

Directed by Chantal Akerman

CANCELLED — Young female characters take the lead roles in Akerman’s early films in which they seek their own identities


D’Est (From the East)

Directed by Chantal Akerman

Next screening: Friday, October 28 @ 7 pm

D'Est is Chantal Akerman’s first documentary film shot on trips taken as the Soviet system was about to collapse, and echoes

Letters Home

Letters Home

Directed by Chantal Akerman

Next screening: Monday, November 7 @ 8:30 pm

On 11 February 1963, Sylvia Plath, poet and author of The Bell Jar, thirty years old, married, with two children, killed

I DON'T BELONG ANYWHERE 01_Benjamin Charier_Image courtesy Icarus Films

I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman

Directed by Marianne Lambert

I Don’t Belong Anywhere explores Chantal Akerman as a nomadic filmmaker and portrays her in conversation with her long-time collaborator,


Là-bas (Over There)

Directed by Chantal Akerman

Là-bas is one of Akerman’s most fragile and powerful works, in which she uses her own voice to personalize and

One Day Pina Asked

Un jour Pina M’a Demande (One Day Pina Asked)

Directed by Chantal Akerman

Born a decade apart, Chantal Akerman (1950–2015) and Pina Bausch (1940–2009) were two remarkable female artists who redefined our cultural

Le Chambre

Chantal Akerman Short Films 1968-1997

Directed by Chantal Akerman

This program presents a series of short films by Chantal Akerman from her earliest film Saute ma Ville (1968) to


Rue Mallet-Stevens, Hôtel Monterey & Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher (1972-1989)

Directed by Chantal Akerman

Next screening: Friday, November 18 @ 7:00 pm

This program presents three Chantal Akerman films from 1972 to 1986, including one of her first feature films made in


Saute ma ville & Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1968-1975)

Directed by Chantal Akerman

Next screening: Saturday, November 19 @ 7:00 pm

Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman and Saute ma ville are both depictions of a woman’s work in the home, but portray