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