Chantal Ackerman died October 5, 2015. This post honors her.
Chantal Akerman: a primer | Sight & Sound | BFI
It’s a well-known fact, often rehearsed in interviews, that at the age of 15, Chantal Akerman saw Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le fou (1965) and decided that her vocation was to be a filmmaker. Today, looking back over the career of this Belgian-born, mainly France-based director, we can happily conclude – and this cannot be said of everyone who makes such statements – that her own work has been worthy of the film that inspired her cinephilia. [read more]
At the age of 25, Ackerman made the film Jeanne Dielman,
23 quai du Commerce,
1080 Bruxelles (1975),
3 hours and 21 minutes,
Considered her “masterpiece,” it is a hugely innovative statement that made no concession to mainstream convention.
She also created many video installations.
Below: Chantal Ackerman, installation at the Venice Bienniale, 2015