Belgian film maker posthumously awarded for her last film
Thursday, 21 July 2016
photo credit: Mario De Munck
Chantal Akerman was awarded for her film No Home Movie. The award was given by the Israeli Holocaust remembrance center Yad Vashem for artistic achievement in Holocaust-related film.
Akerman passed away in Paris in October 2015 at age 65 in an apparent suicide, shortly after completing the film No Home Movie. The film describes her relationship with her mother, an Auschwitz survivor.
“The film industry has always been an important medium for building Holocaust awareness,” said Avner Shalev, the Yad Vashem chairman. “The award enables the Visual Center of Yad Vashem to maintain its ongoing commitment to excellence in the field of Holocaust cinema.”
Chantal Akerman, who was born in Brussels, is considered to be one of the most significant filmmakers of her generation. Her most well-known film, Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, from 1975 was called the first masterpiece of the feminine in the history of cinema.
Her last film, No Home Movie, is a documentary based on conversations with her mother in her apartment in Brussels, shortly before her mother passed away.