Directed by Chantal Akerman

Directed by Chantal Akerman

6 Episodes

The cinema’s most penetrating chronicler of existential dislocation, Belgian master Chantal Akerman developed an eloquently spare, rigorous visual style in order to explore themes of loneliness, isolation, sexuality, and alienation in films that push the boundaries of fiction and documentary forms alike. Her roots in the structuralist avant-garde—as seen in the hypnotic HOTEL MONTEREY—would inform, to haunting effect, her groundbreaking narrative features, including the provocative carnal odyssey JE TU IL ELLE, the towering feminist landmark JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES, and the woundingly autobiographical LES RENDEZ-VOUS D’ANNA.

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Directed by Chantal Akerman
  • La chambre

    Episode 1

    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 2

    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 3

    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 4

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1975 • Belgium

    A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman's JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELL meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow, whose chores include making the beds, cooking dinner ...

  • News from Home

    Episode 5

    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 6

    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...