Chantal Akerman 1950 – 2015


I was at the Pordenone Film Festival when the sad news came through that we had lost this talented filmmaker. Unfortunately, outside London, it has been difficult to view her films. The last time we had a feature locally was (I believe) when the Leeds International Film Festival screened her early masterpiece Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975). There has been a major retrospective at the ICA in London. Among the organisers were Joanna Hogg and Adam Roberts who have also written an excellent obituary for the Guardian.

I hope that now at least we will see one of her major works  in Leeds. The ICA are screening La folie Almayer (2011) as a tribute on October 22nd.


  1. Roy Stafford

    Picturehouse Bradford showed Je, tu, il, elle (Belgium 1974) back in March this year as part of the Joanna Hogg curated strand in the ‘Discovery Tuesdays’ programme. It’s reviewed on the blog here.

  2. keith1942

    You are right Roy, I had forgotten. It was a single screening which I could not make. Oh for the days when we had at least two opportunities.

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