Chantal Akerman

06.06.1950, Bruxelles - 05.10.2015

 

Director
Akerman is a Belgian director famous for her idiosyncratic and deeply personal approach to experimental films. She usually portrays women in her films, questioning their identity and sexuality, and therefore has been labeled a feminist author, an epithet she rejects. As a fifteen-year-old, she was inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s film Pierrot le fou (1965). She studied at the Belgium film school INSAS and Université Internationale du Théâtre in Paris. She made her first film, Saute ma ville (1986), when she was eighteen. After spending a year in New York (1972-1973), she made her first feature length film Je, tu, il, elle (1974). Afterwards she made her most famous film Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai de commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975). Her other films include Les rendez-vous d\'Anna (1978), Golden Eighties (1986), Nuit et jour (1991), a documentary called Sud (1999), an adaptation of Proust’s novel La captive (2000) and Demain, on déménage (2004).

Filmography

No Home Movie (2015) (dokumentarni)
La folie Almayer (2011)
À l'Est avec Sonia Wieder-Atherton (2009) (TV, dokumentarni)
Women from Antwerp in November (2008) (kratkometražni)
O Estado do Mundo (2007) (omnibus, dio Tombée de nuit sur Shanghai)
Tamo dolje (Là-bas, 2006) (dokumentarni)
Sutra se selimo (Demain on déménage, 2004)
Avec Sonia Wieder-Atherton (2003) (TV, srednjemetražni dokumentarni)
De l'autre côté (2002) (dokumentarni)
Zarobljenica (La captive, 2000)
Jug (Sud, 1999) (dokumentarni)
Kauč u New Yorku (Un divan à New York, 1996)
S istoka (D'Est, 1993) (dokumentarni)
Ne zaboravimo (Contre l'oubli, 1991) (omnibus, dio Pour Febe Elisabeth Velasquez, El Salvador)
Noć i dan (Nuit et jour, 1991.)
Histoires d'Amérique (1989)
Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher (1989) (kratkometražni)
Les trois dernières sonates de Franz Schubert (1989) (srednjemetražni)
Golden Eighties (1986)
Seven Women, Seven Sins (1986) (omnibus, dio Portrait d'une Paresseuse)
La paresse (1986) (kratkometražni)
Le marteau (1986) (kratkometražni)
Mallet-Stevens (1986) (kratkometražni)
Letters Home (1986)
Paris vu par... 20 ans après (1984) (omnibus, dio J'ai faim, J'ai froid)
New York, New York bis (1984) (kratkometražni)
Lettre d'un cinéaste: Chantal Akerman (1984) (TV, kratkometražni)
J'ai faim, j'ai froid (1984) (kratkometražni)
Family Business: Chantal Akerman Speaks About Film (1984) (TV, kratkometražni)
Un jour Pina a demandé... (1983) (TV, srednjemetražni dokumentarni)
Osamdesete (Les années 80, 1983) (dokumentarni)
L'homme à la valise (1983) (TV)
Cijelu noć (Toute une nuit, 1982)
Dis-moi (1980) (TV, srednjemetražni)
Susreti s Anom (Les rendez-vous d'Anna, 1978)
Novosti od kuće (News from Home, 1977) (dokumentarni)
Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
Ja ti on ona (Je, tu, il, elle, 1974)
Hanging Out Yonkers (1973) (kratkometražni)
Le 15/8 (1973) (srednjemetražni, koredateljica)
Hôtel Monterey (1972) (dokumentarni)
La chambre (1972) (kratkometražni)
L'enfant aimé ou je joue à être une femme mariée (1971) (kratkometražni)
Raznesi moj grad (Saute ma ville, 1968) (kratkometražni)


Films by this director

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai de commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

(Belgium France, 1975)

Directed by: Chantal Akerman
PHOTOGRAPHY: Babette Mangolte
Synopsis:

In this film, we follow the everyday routine of a housewife, single mother, widow and prostitute Jeanne Dielman. She bathes and feeds her son, washes the dishes, cleans the house and, (while her son is away in school), welcomes her clients…

digital, color, 201 minuta

Soba

(La chambre, 1972)

Directed by: Chantal Akerman
PHOTOGRAPHY: Babette Mangolte
Synopsis:

Jedan od najranijih filmova Chantal Akerman i prvi koji je snimila u New Yorku, kratkometražni je eksperimentalni film. U jednom, neprekinutu kadru, kamera panoramski prikazuje Chantalin životni prostor: kuhinji, hodnik, i spavaću sobu u kojoj se nalazi sama autorica.

digital, color, silent, 11 min

Ja, ti, on, ona

(Je, tu, il, elle, 1974.)

Directed by: Chantal Akerman
PHOTOGRAPHY: Bénédicte Delesalle, Renelde Dupont, Charlotte Szlovak
Synopsis:

Dugometražni igrani redateljičin debi o suočavanju s prekidom veze. Djevojka provodi dane zatvorena sama u stanu. Oslikava sobu, premješta namještaj, bori se s emocijama i pokušava napisati pismo bivšoj ljubavi, a preživljava hraneći se samo šećerom. Kad joj i toga ponestane, izlazi van. Stopirajući upozna vozača kamiona s kojim provodi kratko vrijeme dok ne stigne do stana bivše ljubavnice.

digital, b/w, 86 min

From the East

(D’est, France, Belgium, 1993)

Directed by: Chantal Akerman
PHOTOGRAPHY: Bernard Delville, Raymond Fromont
Synopsis:

Eksperimentalni dokumentarni film o Istočnoj Europi nakon pada Istočnog bloka i komunizma. U seriji snimljenih kadrova, promatramo svakodnevicu nepoznatih ljudi i država bez popratna dijaloga ili naracije.

color, 107'

Almayer's Folly

(La folie Almayer, Belgium France, 2011)

Directed by: Chantal Akerman
PHOTOGRAPHY: Raymond Fromont
Synopsis:

Adaptacija romana Josepha Conrada prenesena u moderno vrijeme. Protagonist je nizozemski trgovac Almayer koji živi u Maleziji. Osim novca, jedino što voli i cijeni je kćer Nina. Nina je rezultat njegova proračunatoga braka s usvojenom malezijskom kćeri bogatog kapetana Lingarda. Budući da mu brak nije donio željeno nasljedstvo, Almayer postaje krajnje ogorčen. A Nina, dijete iz miješana braka, postaje žrtva rasnih i kulturnih razlika.

digital, color, 127 min
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