Synopsis, Characters

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15.04.2024
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The following pieces of text originate from the Chantal Akerman Foundation archives and are part of Akerman’s working material for Golden Eighties. Akerman: “A musical whose characters speak quickly, move quickly and without pause, motivated by desire, regret, passion and greed, who pass each other without seeing, see each other without reaching, or lose each other (we never lose them) only to find each other in the end.”

Conversation
27.03.2024
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In the following discussion, which took place in September 2023 in Bucharest during a masterclass that followed a screening of Costa’s latest short film, As Filhas do Fogo [The Daughters of Fire] (2023), Costa sketches an autobiography that is subjective (and thus, slightly incomplete). He discusses his experience of the Carnation Revolution as a teenager and his days as a student of history at the University of Lisbon, where his contract with the geographer and historian Orlando Ribeiro left a deep imprint on him. Describing his films up to his 2006 magnum opus, Juventude em marcha [Colossal Youth] (2006), Costa focused in particular on the revelatory experience of his second feature, Casa de Lava (1994), and the moment of rupture and revelation that was No quarto da vanda [In Vanda’s Room] (2000).

The Cinema of Víctor Erice

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20.03.2024
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Cinema, for Erice, ages at the very moment of its birth, it never stops putting those first sensations at a distance. And there is no remedy for this loss, certainly not the one that would consist in reproducing something, as one places a sheet of tracing paper to reproduce a drawing. From his cinema Erice has banished forever the re-creation, pastiche, the incestuous and vain reference. Instead, he explores dream images, the imaginary, the empire of spectres and sometimes the captivating incarnation of Spirits.

27.03.2024
A COLLECTION OF 7 texts, 2 film pages
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Eind jaren zeventig maakte de Belgische theatermaker, acteur en auteur Jan Decorte (1950) twee speelfilms – Pierre (1976) en Hedda Gabler (1978), en enkele televisiefilms – (het verloren gegane) Nature morte (1976) en Witold Gombrowicz: voorvallen, avonturen (1977), een oeuvre getypeerd door filmische spaarzaamheid en lichtheid, gededramatiseerde theatraliteit en een afkeer van het spectaculaire.

Over Chantal Akermans toelatingsexamen aan INSAS

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20.03.2024
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Kan je in deze filmpjes zien wat voor cineaste Chantal Akerman zal worden? Misschien niet. De vier filmpjes zijn kleine vingeroefeningen, ze “vertellen” niets, gaan nergens over. Wat de filmpjes vooral reveleren is een zeker plezier in het filmmaken, in het kijken, en in het maken én organiseren van beelden.

Interview with Ula Stöckl

Conversation
20.03.2024
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My work “with” women also concerns the men with whom they live. For who could imagine women without their men? The women's movement is not just the province of women. At a time when women are completely without rights, we need the movement as an absolute necessity. Can men learn from us and begin to see their own misery at the same time that we women attempt to make films about emerging from our misery? If so, then the women's movement will have seen its time.

Interview with Helga Reidemeister

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20.03.2024
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Should women filmmakers continue to develop themselves and work without the political pressure of adapting to male norms, then it may be possible in ten or twenty years to reflect on what has emerged. Up to now, our films have been more or less first tries without the experience and depth of years of work. And a discussion about concepts might be fatal while there are still so many unexplored possibilities, so many experiments which must and will be attempted.

From 1950 to 1995

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13.03.2024
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“I was in Brussels, I didn’t like cinema at all, I thought it was for idiots, all they took me to see was Mickey Mouse or things like that... and then I saw Pierrot le fou and I had the impression that it spoke of our times, of what I felt. Before, it was always The Guns of Navarone. And I didn’t give a damn about those things. I don’t know, but it was the first time I had been moved by a film, and I was moved violently. And no doubt I wanted to do the same thing with films that would be mine.”

Traversing the Land of Cinema

13.03.2024
A COLLECTION OF 9 texts, 40 film pages, 2 events, 1 news item
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Chantal Akerman (1950-2015) was a Belgian film director, screenwriter, producer, artist and writer born in Brussels.

On Víctor Erice’s El sol del membrillo

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20.03.2024
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With its slow rhythm, focus on the mundane and struggle of finishing a single painting, Erice’s El sol del membrillo can be presented as a meditation on the passing of time, hovering between documentary and fiction. Its title, which was translated into English as Dream of Light (The Quince Tree Sun), refers to the sunny period in the autumn that coincides with the ripening of quinces. Both the filmmaker and his painter character attempt to capture the shifting light as it changes with the passing days.

NEWS
15.04.2024
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Film theorist and filmmaker Laura Mulvey will visit Brussels for a Bozar program paralleling the Chantal Akerman: Travelling exhibition. On 11 May, she will discuss Chantal Akerman’s impact on cinema, from theory to practice. Sabzian is giving away 10 tickets for this event!