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The National Gallery of Art presents: Chantal Akerman: A Traveler’s Tale

The National Gallery of Art presents Chantal Akerman: A Traveler’s Tale with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

By presenting this special program dedicated to Brussels-born filmmaker Chantal Akerman (1950–2015), the National Gallery of Art highlights a visionary artist, who referred to herself as a nomad, a wanderer who never remained, physically or mentally, in one spot.

In an oeuvre that encompasses travelogues, documentaries, literary adaptations, musicals, and at least one landmark of film history, Chantal Akerman explored alienation, female subjectivity, landscapes both physical and psychological, and her own identity. Her influence on feminist filmmaking and avant-garde cinema has been substantial as she offered a new way of experiencing the world.

I DON’T BELONG ANYWHERE: THE CINEMA OF CHANTAL AKERMAN
(Marianne Lambert, 2015, DCP, 67 minutes)
June 4 at 2:00 pm

Washington premiere
The debut of Chantal Akerman’s one-time production manager Marianne Lambert who was in a good position to survey the late filmmaker’s methods and aesthetics, search for her sources, and follow her itinerant life between Brussels, Paris, Tel Aviv, and New York.

NEWS FROM HOME
(1977, 35 mm, 85 minutes)
June 4 at 3:30
pm
Chantal Akerman’s reflection on her own nomadic lifestyle, realized through readings of letters from her Belgian mother juxtaposed against Babette Mangolte’s images of mid-1970s Manhattan, explores the disjunction between a mythic, monumental New York and the reality of place.

JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES
(1975, DCP, 201 minutes)
June 11 at 2:00 pm

An examination of a woman’s ritualized behavior inside her bourgeois Brussels flat, composed of simple visuals made in real time. The woman unravels when her internal timetable is thrown off. “As in Psycho or The Birds, Akerman reveals the sinister in the commonplace, but does so to a far more astute social purpose.” — J. Hoberman.

NO HOME MOVIE
(2015, DCP, 115 minutes)
June 12 at 4:00
pm
Chantal Akerman’s last documentary is an intimate portrait of her mother made on a small consumer-grade digital camera within her Brussels apartment. This homage is also a poignant reference to the inevitability of having “no home”, as well as a statement about the power of video to straightforwardly capture and sustain the moment.

All films will be presented with English subtitles at National Gallery of Art's East Building Auditorium.

The film programming by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy is made possible through a generous grant by TV5Monde.

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