- January 03 - February 28, 2009
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Chantal Akerman crosses between the worlds of art and cinema, making video installations for galleries as well as films for theatrical release. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai de Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, her breakthrough work, observes a woman's domestic routines, slowly, patiently, and ultimately disturbingly. It exemplifies Akerman's ability to create intense psychological studies of everyday life. She is also highly attuned to the human experience of time, memory, and journeying, whether in relation to migration and political borders (News from Home, Histoiresd’Amérique) or coming of age (Saute ma ville; Je, tu, il, elle). This series explores Akerman's work in depth, from her earliest films to the recent Là-bas, an extraordinary meditation on Israel that centers on the filmmaker herself, trapped in a temporary apartment in Tel Aviv.
$5 general; free for SFMOMA members or with museum admission (requires a free ticket, which can be picked up in the Haas Atrium). Double features: films offered on the same date are included in one ticket. Tickets are available at the museum (with no surcharge) or online.
Chantal Akerman Shorts
Saute ma ville
1968, 11 min.
1972, 11 min.
1972, 65 min.
Chantal Akerman's shorts explore interiors — the psychological interiors of people, and the spatial interiors of places. Saute ma ville — which can be seen as aRead more
Saturdays, January 03 and 10, 2009, 1:00 p.m.
News from Home
1977, 85 min.
French, no subtitles
In News from Home Akerman juxtaposes the reading of letters from her Belgian mother with images of the New York cityscape. The film presents a fragmented look at urban life in theRead more
Saturday, January 10, 2009, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 17, 2009, 1:00 p.m.
1986, 96 min.
French, no subtitles
A PDF of the dialogue in English is available by request: firstname.lastname@example.org
Golden Eighties follows three women at a beauty salon who are pining over the hunky son of the neighboring boutique owner. Set entirely in a Parisian shopping mall, thisRead more
Saturday, January 24, 2009
1993, 107 min.
Often shown as a series of installations, D'Est journeys across Eastern Europe as the Soviet Union disintegrates. Akerman's images move across screen and through time, uninterruptedRead more
Saturday, January 31, 2009, 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 12, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
1974, 201 min.
Jeanne Dielman is Akerman's most well-known film, and it is certainly considered a masterpiece of cinema. It follows a widowed mother and housewife through three days of her life.Read more
Thursday, February 26, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 28, 2009, 1:00 p.m.
Film at SFMOMA is generously supported by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation. Special thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco for helping to make this series possible.