Chantal Akerman: The Nomadic Films – Retrospective from November 5 to 9 at Cinéma Moderne

Cinéma Moderne and 24 images are
pleased to invite you to the 10/10 series, a set of 10 retrospectives
and workshops with filmmakers from here and abroad. Four years after her
passing, Cinéma Moderne is paying tribute to Chantal Akerman by screening four
documentaries, to be presented by Claire Atherton, her long-time editor
and collaborator. The retrospective Chantal Akerman: The Nomadic Films will
be held from November 5 to 9 at Cinéma Moderne.

Chantal Akerman: The Nomadic Films will begin on Tuesday, November 5, with the documentary From
the East
, which retraces a journey through Eastern Europe after the
collapse of the Soviet bloc. By filming everything that touched her, Akerman
sifts through and fixes upon sounds and images as she follows the thread of
this subjective crossing. The retrospective will continue the next day, Wednesday,
November 6
, with the presentation of South, a meditation on
the American South still haunted by its slave-holding past. Down There will
be presented on Thursday, November 7: in that film, Akerman films from
her apartment in Tel-Aviv, and in her narration, she talks about her family,
her Jewish identity and her childhood. Her last film, No Home Movie,
in which she observes her mother in her Brussels apartment, will be presented
on Friday, November 8.

Her works engage in a humanist dialogue with places at once distant and
familiar, questioning their relationship with memory and recent history.


From the East

Belgium, France / 1993 / no dialogue / 115 min

Restored copy provided by the
Cinémathèque royale de Belgique.

Tuesday, November 5, 8:45 pm *Film editor in attendance

Saturday, November 9, 7:15 pm


Finland, France / 1999 / English with French subtitles / 70 min

Wednesday, November 6, 6:45 pm *Film editor in attendance

Down There

Belgium, France / 2006 / French and Hebrew with French
subtitles / 78 min

Thursday, November 7, 6:45 pm *Film editor in attendance

No Home Movie

Belgium, France / 2015 / French and English with
English subtitles / 115 min

Friday, November 8, 6 pm *Film editor in attendance

Editing Master Class with Claire Atherton

Hosted by Charlotte Selb, curator at Cinéma Moderne

In French

Friday, November 8, 8:15 pm



Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman was one of modern cinema’s most
accomplished and visionary artists. Her body of work, spanning documentary,
fiction and installations, is highly personal and aesthetically adventurous.
Often hailed as a key artist in avant-garde and feminist cinema, for nearly
five decades she explored themes of belonging, identity, gender, time and


At first, Claire Atherton worked with composition and light, and
also took an interest in sound, but she found her true calling in the editing
room. In 1984, she met Chantal Akerman during the recording of a performance of
the play Letters Home by Rose Leiman Goldemberg. It was the beginning of
a 30-year collaboration on the filmmaker’s works, up to and including her final
film, No Home Movie, and her final installation, Now.

The retrospective Chantal Akerman: The Nomadic Films at Cinéma
Moderne is co-presented by 24 images in collaboration with the Délégation
Wallonie-Bruxelles and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The 10/10 series aims to introduce the work of
renowned filmmakers, promote exchanges with the public and local artists, and
encourage possible collaborations.


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