07.05.24, 20:30, Chantal Akerman short films

With Chantal Akerman's oeuvre going global, it is time to give her work a home match again. With this evening, we explore the lesser-known corners of her work through two short films and a medium-length film, made at various points in her career. Saute ma ville (1968, 13') is the unruly starting shot of her path as a filmmaker and shows the implosion of a young woman in a Brussels apartment. Shot entirely in her mother's kitchen, the film counts as the seed for many future thematic and formal interests. J'ai faim, j'ai froid (1984, 13') was part of the omnibus film Paris vu par ... vingt ans après. Here, two Brussels girls move away from home to start a new life in Paris.

Last, she gets us moving and stirring with Un jour Pina a demandé (1987, 57'). For five weeks, Chantal Akerman followed Pina Bausch and her dancers from Tanztheater Wuppertal to Venice, Milan and Avignon. Through scenes from the performances, rehearsals and preparatory scenes, the director tried to visually evoke the artistic and imaginary world of the German choreographer.

These films will be introduced by art scholar Josephine Vandekerckhove.

Chantal Akerman

i.c.w. Film-Plateau
Campus Bijloke
Godshuizenlaan 4
9000 Gent