Chantal Akerman

La chambre

La chambre

In Chantal Akerman's early short film La chambre, we see the furniture and clutter of one small apartment room become the subject of a moving still life—with Akerman herself staring back at us. This breakthrough formal experiment is the first film the director made in New York.

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Eclipse Series 19: Chantal Akerman in the Seventies

Chantal Akerman in the Seventies

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La chambre
Cast
Chantal Akerman
Credits
Director
Chantal Akerman
Camera
Babette Mangolte
Editing
Geneviève Luciano

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Formalist Akerman at the Cinémathèque Française

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Formalist Akerman at the Cinémathèque Française

Three formally daring short works by Chantal Akerman will play in a monthlong retrospective of the director’s work at the Cinémathèque française.

On Film / In Theaters
Feb 15, 2018
Babette Mangolte’s Time with Chantal Akerman
Babette Mangolte’s Time with Chantal Akerman

“We were different in age, but we had something in common. We were women, we had been affected by the fact that the film world was a man’s world.” In a new conversation published in Interview magazine, cinematographer Babette Mangolte sums up t…

On Film / Short Takes
Apr 1, 2016
Chantal Akerman, 1950–2015
Chantal Akerman, 1950–2015

We were saddened today to learn of the death of the great Chantal Akerman. Known most widely for her 1975 masterpiece, Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, Akerman made precise, thoughtful, and aesthetically daring films—fiction fe…

On Film / Short Takes
Oct 6, 2015
Akerman Takes on Conrad

We’re always excited to find out what the great, unpredictable auteur Chantal Akerman is up to. And Cineuropa reports that she’s in production on an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s first novel, Almayer’s Folly, which will be her first narrative…


Dec 15, 2010
Akerman in SoHo

To coincide with the release of the new Eclipse set Chantal Akerman in the Seventies, which features five extraordinary works made by the groundbreaking Belgian filmmaker in the first full decade of her career, critic Melissa Anderson has interviewed…


Jan 21, 2010
Eclipse Series 19:
Chantal Akerman in the Seventies

A BELGIAN IN NEW YORK It was in the 1970s, the first decade of her career, that Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman created the works that would define her. Informed as much by her brushes with the experimental film scene in New York as by her own pa…

By Michael Koresky


Jan 20, 2010

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Chantal Akerman

Director

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, using it to investigate geography and identity, space and time, sexuality and religion. Influenced by the structural cinema she was exposed to when she came to New York from her native Belgium in 1970, at age twenty (work by artists like Michael Snow, Yvonne Rainer, and Andy Warhol), Akerman made her mark in the decade that followed, playing with long takes and formal repetition in her films, which include the architectural meditation Hotel Monterey (1972), the obsessive portrait of estrangement Je tu il elle (1975), the autobiographical New York elegy News from Home (1976), and the austere antiromance Les rendez-vous d’Anna (1978). Her greatest achievement to date, however, is her epic 1975 experiment Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, a hypnotic study of a middle-aged widow’s stifling routine widely considered one of the great feminist films. Such recent Akerman films as the Proust adaptation La captive (2000) and the documentary on Mexican-to-U.S. immigration From the Other Side (2002) prove that she retains her daring, vital voice.