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La Folie Almayer, Chantal Akerman, 2011

A Nos Amours: Chantal Akerman Retrospective

26 Sep 201322 Oct 2015

Over two years, A Nos Amours (curators Adam Roberts & Joanna Hogg) have presented the most exhaustive retrospective ever given of the filmmaker and artist Chantal Akerman's film and video works: more than 40 films in 25 screenings. Many of the films were translated and subtitled for English-speaking audiences for the first time anywhere. The director herself attended a number of screenings to answer questions and meet audiences.

Chantal Akerman died on 6 October 2015, and so the retrospective ends on a note of dejection. The closing screening is Akerman’s last foray into fiction filmmaking: La folie Almayer, made in 2011.

The programme was announced in 2014 as follows:

“Akerman's films consistently offer a playful and beguiling critique of cinema. Over a vast and hugely varied body of work, Akerman brilliantly energised the avant-garde project, personalising and humanising the dead spaces created by consumerism and the habitual lives that we inhabit.

Akerman's cinema goes far beyond popular notions of image making, beyond modernist and feminist strategies, in pursuit of her obsession with borders, with the tension between documentary and fiction, between her mother and herself, between chaos and control, cinema and history."

Screenings have been original formats wherever possible, including 35mm, 16mm, and digital and analogue video.

A Nos Amours dedicates the retrospective to the memory of Chantal Akerman.

A Nos Amours, jointly with Ambika P3 Gallery, has curated an exhibition opening at the end of October 2015 of Akerman’s installation art works. There will also be a single screening at Regent Street Cinema of Akerman’s final film  – a documentary about the last year in her mother’s life, No Home Movie. The collective also intends to publish a handbook to aid future curation and programming of Akerman’s works, listing all rights and locations of print copies, and will be announcing an academic conference on her legacy to be organised jointly with CREAM (Centre For Research And Education In Arts And Media), University of Westminster.

Find out why Akerman is one of the most important yet still lesser-known directors in world cinema, with Sight & Sound's introduction to Akerman.

Picturehouse Members’ Offer

Picturehouse Members can receive £7 tickets (usually £11) to A Nos Amours: Chantal Akerman Retrospective screenings with the Picturehouse offer code (please see Picturehouse social media channels). This discount is available for two tickets per customer and can be booked online, over the phone or in person. You must present a valid Picturehouse membership card when collecting tickets.

This programme is supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.

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