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Directed by Chantal Akerman

France 1997 64 mins. In French

In Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman, the filmmaker turns a commission for Cinéma, de notre temps from ARTE, the French German Cultural Channel, into a study of herself and her work. In her own way of creating a portrait of herself and the world, Akerman delivers a monologue accompanied by a montage of clips of her films from 1968 to 1996—a poetic, quiet compendium of fleeting moments. Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman provides a deep look into what film historian Nicole Brenez has so aptly described: “to meet Chantal Akerman is to experience someone incomparable: a person of uncommon force, capable of wrestling a film from a well of the worst production problems; a person of immense vulnerability, to gauge the extent that she offers herself to others, provided they do not represent power of any sort, whether political, economic or symbolic; a creature capable of the most extraordinary gestures, small and large alike.” —Nicole Brenez, “Chantal Akerman: The Pajama Interview.”