CHANTAL AKERMAN: CONTRE L’OUBLI/AGAINST OBLIVION - From the East (D'est)

Co-presented by Women of Cinefamily & La Collectionneuse

Traveling and documenting “everything that touched her,” from East Germany to Russia, immediately after the fall of the Soviet Bloc, Chantal Akerman paints a portrait of city streets, changing seasons, and the muffled footsteps of people traversing a landscape “no longer monolithically impersonal” (Francette Pacteau)—a landscape taking its first melancholic breaths as it emerges from the rubble. Akerman keeps people nameless and music minimal, allowing spaces to come alive of their own accord, patiently and hauntingly forming a true cinematic dirge for the people, places, and stories of Eastern Europe.

“Taking her relentless cameras from East Germany to Russia, Akerman delivers an impressionistic report from the new front. Displaying her distinctive visual style, influenced by structuralism and minimalism, her journal unfolds as a procession of postcards …Akerman captures the essence, if not the historical particulars, of a region on the move.”—Emanuel Levy, Variety

Dir. Chantal Akerman, 1993, 16mm (Presented with support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Institut Français), 107 min.

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