Filmmaker and theorist Chantal Akerman dies aged 65


Belgian avant-garde filmmaker, Chantal Akerman has died aged 65.

The pioneering filmmaker and feminist theorist passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday (6th October).

Over the course of her varied career, which spanned over four decades, she created a number of canonical classics including Les Rendez-Vous d’Anna and Jeanne Dielman, which ranked 34th in the latest Sight and Sound poll of the all time greatest films, as well as idiosyncratic adaptations of authors such as Joseph Conrad and Marcel Proust.

The first UK exhibition of her art and video installation work, entitled NOW, is scheduled to open at the University of Westminster later this month. The exhibition, co-curated by Joanna Hogg and Adam Roberts, will include the premiere of her her final film, No Home Movie, which premiered at the Locarno festival earlier this year.

Watch a clip from Akerman’s 1978 film, Les Rendez-Vous d’Anna, below.


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