Tributes to Chantal Akerman

January 5, 2016 | By FRENCH CULTURE FILM

The famed Belgian filmmaker and pioneer of modern feminist cinema Chantal Akerman passed away on October 5, 2015. Several organizations and theaters are featuring special screenings as a tribute to Akerman's work - some of them are still in progress and will soon be announced on this page.

Chantal Akerman Tribute Retrospective at BAMcinématek

BAMcinématek pays tribute to Chantal Akerman—called by J. Hoberman “arguably the most important European director of her generation”—a cinematic visionary whose films offer a new way of experiencing the world. April 1 - May 1, 2016.

> Chantal Akerman: Images Between the Images

City College and the Lincoln Center to Present Chantal Akerman Tribute

City College of New York and the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present a free tribute to the late master Chantal Akerman on Sunday, March 19. Belgian-born and Paris-based, Chantal Akerman was a cinematic visionary—among the most significant filmmakers of the last half-century. She was also a New Yorker who lived and taught in the city.

Chantal Akerman: New York Remembers
> Sunday, March 19, 10:00am at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (Walter Reade Theater)

The tribute will feature films, music, and personal reminiscences. Speakers will include Jonas Mekas, Babette Mangolte, Andrew Bujalski, and more. The tribute will be followed by a reception in the Film Society’s Furman Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.


Displacement: Cinema Studies Graduate Student Conference 2016

The 2016 Department of Cinema Studies Graduate Student Conference at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, is designed to celebrate Akerman’s memory and will focus on one of her most consistent and deeply examined themes: displacement.

Displacement will take place on 4 and 5 March 2016 and feature keynote speaker Giuliana Bruno (Harvard University), closing remarks from Sandy Flitterman-Lewis (Rutgers University) and a screening of Akerman’s 2006 film Là-bas.

This event is free and open to the public.

> Friday, Mar. 4, 2016 | 3:00 PM — 9:30 PM | Michelson Theater, 721 Broadway, 6th Floor
> Saturday, Mar. 5, 2016 | 9:00 AM — 7:30 PM | Michelson Theater, 721 Broadway, 6th Floor


Film Comment Selects

Film Comment magazine’s annual festival, with its customarily unpredictable blend of sublime wonders and hard-hitting visions, runs February 17-24 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Closing night is a tribute to the late Chantal Akerman, with a revival of her rare, utterly delightful musical, Golden Eighties:

Golden Eighties
Chantal Akerman, France/Belgium/Switzerland, 1986
> Wed, February 24, 8:45pm at the Film Society of Lincoln Center


New York Jewish Film Festival

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the New York Jewish Film Festival (January 13 – 26, 2016) is the preeminent showcase for groundbreaking films exploring the Jewish experience around the world. The Festival will screen a film by Chantal Akerman as well as a very new Belgian documentary on the filmmaker:

Tomorrow We Move
Chantal Akerman, France/Belgium, 2004
> Wed, Jan 20, 8:30PM at the Film Society of Lincoln Center

I Don't Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman - U.S. Premiere
Marianne Lambert, Belgium, 2015
> Wed, Jan 20, 6:30PM at the Film Society of Lincoln Center
Director Marianne Lambert in person for Q&A.


Film Forum

Film Forum will also present a tribute to Chantal Akerman in April, featuring a documentary by Marianne Lambert and Akerman's masterpiece, Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles.

I Don't Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman
Marianne Lambert, Belgium, 2015
> March 30 - April 5 at Film Forum

Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
Chantal Akerman, France/Belgium, 1975
> April 1 - 7 at Film Forum

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