Directed by Chantal Akerman

Directed by Chantal Akerman

19 Episodes

One of the boldest cinematic visionaries of the past half century, Chantal Akerman—who would have turned seventy this June—took a profoundly personal, aesthetically radical approach to the form, using it to investigate geography and identity, space and time, sexuality and alienation. Influenced by the structuralist cinema she was exposed to when she came to New York from her native Belgium in 1970, Akerman made her mark in the decade that followed, exploring the possibilities of long takes and formal repetition in works like the architectural meditation HOTEL MONTEREY, the obsessive portrait of estrangement JE TU IL ELLE, the autobiographical New York elegy NEWS FROM HOME, and the austere antiromance LES RENDEZ-VOUS D’ANNA. Her towering achievement, however, remains JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES, a domestic epic that has exerted an incalculable influence on the evolution of both feminist and avant-garde cinema. In later works like the singular musical GOLDEN EIGHTIES, the spellbinding Proust adaptation LA CAPTIVE, and her devastating final film NO HOME MOVIE, Akerman continued to expand the boundaries of cinematic language, leaving behind monumental landmarks that have pointed the way for a generation of artists who have followed in her footsteps.

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Directed by Chantal Akerman
  • Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman

    Episode 1

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1997 • Belgium, France
    Starring Chantal Akerman

    Produced for French television’s CINEASTES DE NOTRE TEMPS series, this revealing self-portrait from Chantal Akerman unfolds in two parts. First, Akerman, in her apartment, offers a deeply personal, sometimes funny, alw...

  • Saute ma ville

    Episode 2

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1968 • Belgium

    Directed by and starring Chantal Akerman, this short film was made when she was just eighteen.

  • La chambre

    Episode 3

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1972 • Belgium

    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 ...

  • Hotel Monterey

    Episode 4

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1972 • United States

    Under Chantal Akerman's watchful eye, a cheap Manhattan hotel glows with mystery and unexpected beauty, its corridors, elevators, rooms, windows, and occasional occupants framed like Edward Hopper tableaux.

  • Je tu il elle

    Episode 5

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1975 • France

    In her provocative first feature, Chantal Akerman stars as an aimless young woman who leaves self-imposed isolation to embark on a road trip that leads to lonely love affairs with a male truck driver and a former girlfriend. With its famous real-time...

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

    Episode 6

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1975 • Belgium
    Starring Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte

    A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman’s JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow, whose chores ...

  • News from Home

    Episode 7

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1976 • United States

    Letters from Chantal Akerman's mother are read over a series of elegantly composed shots of 1976 New York, where our (unseen) filmmaker and protagonist has relocated. Akerman's unforgettable time capsule of the city is also a gorgeous meditati...

  • Les rendez-vous d'Anna

    Episode 8

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1978 • France

    In one of Akerman's most penetrating character studies, Anna, an accomplished filmmaker (played by Aurore Clément), makes her way through a series of European cities to promote her latest movie. Via a succession of eerie, exquisitely shot, brief enco...

  • Dis-moi
    Episode 9


    Episode 9

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1980 • France

    For a French television series about grandmothers, Chantal Akerman interviews elderly women who survived the Shoah, including her own mother, whose experience in the Holocaust reverberated throughout the artist’s life and work.

  • One Day Pina Asked . . .

    Episode 10

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1983 • Belgium, France
    Starring Pina Bausch

    An encounter between two of the most remarkable women artists of the twentieth century, ONE DAY PINA ASKED . . . is Chantal Akerman’s look at the world and work of choreographer Pina Bausch and her dance company. Capturing...

  • Golden Eighties

    Episode 11

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1986 • Belgium, France
    Starring Delphine Seyrig, Fanny Cottençon, Pascale Salkin

    The exuberant enchantments of the singing, dancing musical meet the feminist, formalist sensibility of cinematic visionary Chantal Akerman in this uniquely captivating vision of love an...

  • Histoires d’Amérique: Food, Family and Philosophy

    Episode 12

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1989 • Belgium, France
    Starring George Bartenieff, Judith Malina, Eszter Balint

    Chantal Akerman explores Jewish American identity in this multilayered portrait of the immigrant experience. Shot in Brooklyn near the Williamsburg Bridge, HISTOIRES D’AMÉRIQUE takes the...

  • From the East

    Episode 13

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1993 • Belgium, France

    FROM THE EAST retraces a journey from the end of summer to deepest winter, from East Germany, across Poland and the Baltics, to Moscow. It is a voyage Chantal Akerman wanted to make shortly after the collapse of the Soviet bloc, “before it was...

  • South
    Episode 14


    Episode 14

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1999 • Belgium, France

    Inspired by her love of William Faulkner and James Baldwin, director Chantal Akerman had planned to produce a meditation on the American South. However, just days before she was to begin filming, James Byrd Jr. was horrifically killed in a rac...

  • La captive

    Episode 15

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 2000 • Belgium, France
    Starring Sylvie Testud, Stanislas Merhar, Olivia Bonamy

    Adapting the fifth volume of Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time,” Chantal Akerman transforms the material into a mesmerizing study of voyeurism, control, and sexual obsession centere...

  • From the Other Side

    Episode 16

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 2002 • Belgium, France

    In images of eerie, painterly beauty, Chantal Akerman explores the border between the United States and Mexico. For years, undocumented immigrants passed through San Diego, until the use of new technology began stemming the flow of people. Thi...

  • Down There

    Episode 17

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 2006 • Belgium, France
    Starring Chantal Akerman

    Made during Chantal Akerman’s time in Israel, this searching self-portrait was shot almost entirely within the confines of her apartment in Tel Aviv. There, she ruminates on her family, Jewish identity, and childhood. ...

  • Almayer’s Folly

    Episode 18

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 2011 • Belgium, France
    Starring Stanislas Merhar, Marc Barbé, Aurora Marion

    Somewhere in Southeast Asia, in a remote village on a wide and turbulent river, a European man (Stanislas Merhar) clings to his pipe dreams of discovering a fortune out of love for his mixed...

  • No Home Movie

    Episode 19

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 2015 • France, Belgium
    Starring Natalia Akerman, Chantal Akerman, Sylvaine Akerman

    The final film from groundbreaking auteur Chantal Akerman is a deeply personal, heart-woundingly intimate portrait of her relationship with her mother, Natalia, a Holocaust survivor a...