Chantal Akerman 9
Un jour Pina m'a demande, dir. Chantal Akerman, 1983, 57 mins, French with English subtitles
L'homme à la valise, dir. Chantal Akerman, 1984, 60 mins, French with English subtitles
A Nos Amours continues a retrospective of the complete film works of Chantal Akerman with two contrasted works from 1983: a film about the great choreographer Pina Bausch, and a Keatonesque or perhaps Kafkaesque comedy in which Akerman plays herself.
Thursday 22nd May,
start time 8pm
book tickets here.
Introduced by artist film-maker Lucy Cash
Un jour Pina a demandé
('One Day Pina Asked' 1983, 61 mins)
Wim Wenders made a film in 2011 about Pina Bausch – but this film predates it by some decades, and is a very different object altogether.
Akerman and Bausch: two remarkable women makers: one a maker of theatrical dance works, taking commonplace gestures and transforming them into extraordinary pageants, the other a maker of wonderfully choreographed compositions in rhythmical everyday elements. Both women working at the coal face of what women are dealing with, living with, and making the most of. The encounter is not a confrontation, it is a meeting of sensibilities, a perfect combination of a film-maker’s sage framing of a dance maker’s flamboyant world-making.
L’Homme à la valise
('Man With a Suitcase' 1983, 61 mins)
A wonderfully wry and spritely comedy, in which Akerman plays herself returning from her travels only to find a man who had been staying in her apartment annoyingly is still in residence. Infuriatingly, he is writing, and writing prolifically as his noisy typewriter proves. Akerman meanwhile finds herself blocked. The tapping is a torment. A return to the physical performance of the opening third of Je Tu Il Elle, a perfectly realised existential comedy.