Director: Chantal Akerman

85 mins, France-Belgium, 1977, Digital, Subtitled

This film screened 9th July 2016.

In 1971, Akerman left Brussels for New York where she drifted about and took on a slew of low-paid jobs for about a year. A deeply formative period, it was there that she met Jonas Mekas and Babette Mangolte and was introduced to the work of Michael Snow, Yvonne Rainer and Stan Brakhage at Anthology Film Archives.
In 1977, after the critical success of Jeanne Dielman, Akerman returned to New York to make News from Home, an essayistic visual record of a dispassionate city at
a pivotal time set against impassive readings by Akerman of intimate, often uneasy letters to her from her mother from the time she lived in New York. (Notes by Alice Butler).

Screening as part of a Chantal Akerman Focus that also includes Jeanne Dielmann, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. Both screening materials provided by the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique/Koninklijk Belgisch Filmarchief.

See also Akerman’s last film No Home Movie which opens at the IFI on July 1st.

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