Director: CHANTAL AKERMAN
115 mins, France-Belgium, 2015, Digital
This film was released 1st July 2016, and is no longer screening.
★★★★ – The Irish Times
★★★★★ – The Upcoming
★★★★ – The Guardian
The final film Chantal Akerman made before her death last year, No Home Movie is as radical and moving as the seminal Belgian director’s very best work and as characteristically defiant as its powerful title suggests.
Scrutinising the filmmaker’s relationship with her ailing mother Natalia, a Polish Jew and Auschwitz survivor whose experiences have had a major in influence on Akerman’s life and art, this raw and intimate documentary is made up of conversations between the pair both in Natalia’s Brussels apartment where Akerman regularly comes to visit and via Skype while the filmmaker is on the road. Desperate to glean details of a life before it’s too late, Akerman quizzes her mother about her traumatic past but as she does the intense kinship and affection between them gets in the way, shedding light on a deeply prized bond that is slowly and tragically being undone. (Notes by Alice Butler.)
CHANTAL AKERMAN FOCUS
The IFI will screen Chantal Akerman’s previous work – News from Home and Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles – will screen at the IFI on July 9th and 10th respectively.
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