Brussels commemorates cinematographer Chantal Akerman

Brussels commemorates cinematographer Chantal Akerman
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In commemoration of filmmaker Chantal Akerman, who died in 2015 at the age of 65, her work will once again be screened in Brussels, her hometown, from Tuesday 4 October.

The Chantal Akerman Foundation and various partner organisations are organising a commemoration through which restored films and never-before-seen short films by the cinematographer will be put in the spotlight.

The commemoration will kick off on Tuesday 4 October with the exclusive screening of the restored version of the film Tout Une Nuit (1982) in Cinema Palace in the centre of Brussels The film will also be shown in cinemas in Antwerp, Mechelen, Bruges and Ghent from Wednesday 5 October.

In Cinematek, actress Aurore Clément will read Akerman’s text “Une famille à Bruxelles” on 5 October, 22 years after its publication, while on Saturday 8 October, a walk will also be organised in Brussels, touring locations included in the film Tout Une Nuit.

The first four short films created by Akerman were recently discovered in the archives of Cinematek (Bozar's cinema), and will be on show at Cinema Palace on 5 October. She made them in 1967 for her entrance exam for the INSAS film school.

Coming months

On 21 October, Bozar will screen the film Hôtel des Acacias, a film by Akerman that was remastered two years ago and will be introduced by Professor Wouter Hessels.

The installation Self Portrait/Autobiography will also be on show in Bozar from 6 October 2022 to 15 January 2023. The installation uses multiple monitors with images that characterise Akerman’s career. A major retrospective exhibition on the Brussels cinematographer will be organised by Bozar in 2024.

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During the Brussels Art Film Festival, which will take place between 10 and 13 November, Cinematek will also pay tribute to Akerman on the last day of the festival.

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