Experimental Response Cinema presents Chantal Akerman: Early Works
Experimental Response Cinema, in collaboration with Austin Film Society, present the films of Chantal Akerman, with News From Home’s cinematographer Babette Mangolte live in person.
The untimely death of legendary experimental filmmaker Chantal Akerman in 2015 shocked and saddened the global film community. Her passing will be mourned for years to come, but her films will be celebrated even longer.
Experimental Response Cinema will present five of Akerman’s films from the 1970s in collaboration with Austin Film Society. In them, the formal markers of Akerman’s filmmaking are distinctive: innovative framing, spatial intimacy and extremely long takes.
- September 2 and September 4: Je Tu Il Elle (1975) is a portrait of a young woman’s extreme sensual experiences alone, with a stranger, and with a young woman who is her ex-lover. The lived time that unfolds is both powerful and melancholic.
- September 7: La Chambre (1972), the first film Akerman made after quitting film school in Brussels and moving to New York City, we catch a glimpse of Akerman herself lounging amidst the comfortable disorder of her small apartment.; and Hotel Monterey (1972) transforms the dilapidated interior of a small hotel in Manhattan into a jewel box. The building’s overlooked angles, corners and niches are the film’s focal point, with hotel guests and employees receding into the background.
- September 11: Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), widely recognized as Akerman’s masterpiece and a feminist tour de force, documents the everyday of a widowed mother until everything happens between the nothing in its jaw-dropping climax.
- September 16 and September 18: Part city symphony, part epistolary, News From Home (1976) is a landmark film that combines letters exchanged between Akerman and her mother with New York City’s streets and citizens. Babette Mangolte will be live in person on September 16.