Conversation
FLAX Project

Chantal Akerman

Panel discussion with film/video curator Bérénice Reynaud (REDCAT, San Sebastian, Viennale), Janet Bergstrom (UCLA), filmmaker Robert Fenz and artist Erika Vogt. View the panel discussion in full here.

Presented as part of the citywide retrospective in memory of renowned Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman (1950-2015), Fahrenheit by FLAX is pleased to screen the filmmaker’s 62-minute self-portrait from 1997 Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman. Aided by critics Emmanuel Burdeau and Jean Narboni and filmmaker Luc Moullet, Akerman turns the camera on herself to discuss her art and career—alongside selections of scenes from her wide-ranging filmography. The result is a candid, enlightening, and often funny survey of her remarkable body of work.

“This thoroughly charming self-portrait makes the perfect introduction to Akerman’s life and work. Created for the venerable French television series Cinéma de notre temps, it is made up of two parts. The first features Akerman speaking and reading to the camera, delivering a monologue about the making of the film, Akerman’s family and her childhood. The second part of the film consists of dozens of clips highlighting both the dizzying variety of Akerman’s work as well as the images and themes that recur. The two parts constitute an autobiography that is thoughtful and thought-provoking, confessional and disarmingly funny.”
UCLA Film & Television Archive

CHANTAL AKERMAN: CONTRE L’OUBLI/AGAINST OBLIVION is an 18-film, multi-venue retrospective playing across Los Angeles throughout March and April. It was curated by Bérénice Reynaud (REDCAT), Alison Kozberg and Adam Hyman (Los Angeles Filmforum), William Morris (Cinefamily), Martha Kirszenbaum (Fahrenheit by FLAX) and Courtney Stephens (VEGGIECLOUD & Human Resources).