CHANTAL AKERMAN: CONTRE L’OUBLI/AGAINST OBLIVION - Golden Eighties (Encore!)

Co-presented by Women of Cinefamily & La Collectionneuse

Since our first screening of Golden Eighties ran without subtitles (oops) we’re mounting an encore showing of the 35mm print — with subtitles this time!

As opposed to the somber and quiet world of Jeanne Dielman, Golden Eighties joyously wears its melodramatic heart on its sleeve, as it follows the ups and downs of three women vying for the same boy. Set in a candy-colored shopping mall, and written by an absurd dream team—Jean Gruault (Jules and Jim, Paris Belongs to Us), Leora Barish (Desperately Seeking Susan), Cahiers du Cinéma critic Pascal Bonitzer, Henry Bean (A Couch in New York), and Akerman herself—Eighties is a celebration like none we’ve ever seen. Absolutely bursting with catchy songs full of pithy wit and fire (written by Akerman & Marc Hérouet), and exacting performances from Delphine Seyrig & French pop icon Lio, Eighties is Akerman’s loving (and slyly critical) tribute to Hollywood Musicals, and inarguable proof that flawless silliness belongs in the filmmaking lexicon.

Dir. Chantal Akerman, 1986, 35mm (Courtesy of Paradise Films/Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique), 96 min.

Watch the trailer!