Bite-sized blog post: Chantal Akerman

Chantal Akerman


I had the opportunity to study with CHANTAL AKERMAN right before she left this world in October 2015. She was definitely eccentric in her brilliance and never filtered her points of view … which sometimes caused for controversy… nonetheless she clearly cared about film and those studying it and her passion for it never dulled.

Best known in academic and art house circles for her feminist epic Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) which she directed at the young age of 25 Akerman vacillated between documentaries and fiction but always remained faithful to expressing the truth as she saw it.

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Where to watch her films:






Read more about her:

Chantal Akerman: extraordinary artist of the everyday who we will miss for ever
Travelling Shots in Chantal Akerman’s D’est (aka From the East, 1993)
Then as Now, the Terrors of the Routine
New York Times Obituary
The New Yorker
Sense of Cinema

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

2015No Home Movie (Documentary)
 2009À l’Est avec Sonia Wieder-Atherton (TV Movie documentary)
 2007State of the World (segment “Tombée de nuit sur Shanghai”)
 2006Down There (Documentary)
 2003Avec Sonia Wieder-Atherton (TV Movie documentary)
 2002/IFrom the Other Side (Documentary)
 1999Sud (Documentary)
 1997Cinéma, de notre temps (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1993From the East (Documentary)
 1993Monologues (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1991Lest We Forget (segment “Pour Febe Elisabeth Velasquez, El Salvador”)
 1986La paresse (Short)
 1986Le marteau (Short)
 1986Mallet-Stevens (Short)
 1986Seven Women, Seven Sins (segment “Portrait d’une Paresseuse”)
 1984Paris vu par… 20 ans après (segment “1 “J’ai faim, J’ai froid”)
 1983L’homme à la valise (TV Movie)
 1983On Tour with Pina Bausch (TV Movie documentary)
 1983Les années 80 (Documentary)
 1980Dis-moi (TV Movie)
 1977News from Home (Documentary)
 1975Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels (as Chantal Anne Akerman)
 1973Hanging Out Yonkers (Short)
 1973Le 15/8 (Short)
 1972Hôtel Monterey (Documentary)
 1972La chambre (Short)
 1968Saute ma ville (Short)