Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman

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.”

Other Films by Chantal Akerman

Nuit et jour (Night and Day)

Julie and Jack, recently arrived in Paris, are a young couple from the provinces who spend their days making love and their nights apart, while Jack drives a taxi and Julie walks the streets, waiting for him to come home.  Their vague aspirations take a backseat to their constant passion. “Music” resonates throughout—Julie sings wordlessly

From the Other Side

An in-depth, probing, and sensitive look at migration specifically centered around the deserts of Arizona and the Mexican states of Agua Prieta and Sonora, which Akerman approaches with a characteristically nuanced perspective.

Sud

Investigating the brutal hate crime murder of James Byrd Jr., in Jasper, Texas, 1998, Akerman paints a typically meditative and ingeniously powerful portrait of a specifically American brand of racial hatred.

Toute une nuit

One summer night in Brussels, sweltering heat stifles the community, which draws people out of their comfort zone and into despair. Akerman explores a series of on-the-brink relationships—break-ups, reconciliations—in the context of this hottest night of the year, where defenses are built, but at the same time, are down. Nearly wordless yet filled with subtle

Almayer’s Folly

Akerman transports Joseph Conrad’s 1895 debut novel to the de-colonizing 1950s, in which a Dutch trader doggedly seeks elusive treasure and the jungles of Cambodia come alive.