All by Myself

All by Myself

2 Episodes

Two fearless filmmakers turn the camera on themselves to explore loneliness, solitude, identity, sexuality, and the gaze within self-engineered confines of their own making. In THE AMATEURIST, Miranda July sets up an unsettling relationship between viewer and subject via an increasingly disturbing portrait of a woman whose obsessive, solitary video surveillance of another woman (also played by July) pushes her to the brink of madness. Then, Chantal Akerman plays a woman who ventures out of self-imposed isolation in her uncompromising first feature, which features one of the most daring sex scenes in cinema history.

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All by Myself
  • The Amateurist

    Episode 1

    Directed by Miranda July • 1998 • United States
    Starring Miranda July

    This 1998 short film by Miranda July, in which a “professional” monitors an “amateur” (both played by July) via video surveillance, is a portrait of a woman on the brink of technology-induced madness.

  • Je tu il elle

    Episode 2

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1975 • France
    Starring Chantal Akerman, Niels Arestrup, Claire Wauthion

    Chantal Akerman’s first narrative feature is a startlingly vulnerable exploration of alienation and the search for connection. In a performance at once daringly exposed and enigmatic, Akerman pl...