Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Chantal Akerman, 1950-2015

Belgian-born filmmaker Chantal Akerman has died at the age of 65. I have to admit that I don't know much about her, other than once in a while seeing the title of her film Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles show up in the TCM Imports slot.

But it just so happens that that film is on the TCM schedule this month as part of the TCM spotlight on women directors. On the night of October 22 the spotlight is looking at non-US directors, and Akerman's film shows up at 3:15 AM on October 23. According to the TCM schedule, it runs 202 minutes, so it sounds like a bit of a slog to me. Well, that, and many of the reviews seem to praise it for having the right political views.

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