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Directed by Chantal Akerman

Belgium, France, Netherlands, Canada 1982 90 mins. In French

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 meaning through a dense choreography of bodies moving through space and time, Akerman’s vision of modern love becomes a city symphony of the intimate space, in direct opposition to and subversion of the hyper-masculine city symphonies of the early 20th Century. Thrillingly shot in dark hues by famed cinematographer Caroline Champetier, Toute une nuit is a “subtle and relevant validation on the singularity of human existence—a chronicle of the irrepressible passion and vitality that lay beneath the surface of an alienating urban landscape.”—Strictly Film School. Fragments.”—Chantal Akerman, “The Pajama Interview.”