Le Demenagement & Le Jour Ou

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Zena Zezza says
LE JOUR OÙ (The Day When), 1997. (7 mins., 35mm)
At its heart, an homage to Godard.
A self-portrait — a poetic portrait of the mind — an indelible film.

LE DEMENAGEMENT (Moving In), France, 1992. (42 mins., digital)
Sami [Frey]. Sad and funny like Sami. Child of the war.
In a script written by Akerman, a man stands in his new apartment in a state of inertia and dislocation. "Le Demenagement" records the man delivering an extended soliloquy, surrounded by boxes of his possessions. He cannot bring himself to unpack, as he is preoccupied with feelings of indecision and regret. Akerman circumscribes the man’s action within an interior space as she has in earlier films — be it a room, a corridor or inside a hotel — as seen in her films "La Chambre," "Je, tu, il, elle" and "Hotel Monterrey." In "Le Demenagement," the inaction, limited views and extended shots place the viewer into real time with the character. As if staged for theatre, the protagonist in "Le Demenagement" is performed by Sami Frey whose portrayal invokes a sense of futility akin to Valdimir and Estragon in Samuel Beckett’s "Waiting for Godot.” Like "Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman," this film was created for ARTE, the French television station, as one of a series of filmmakers’ monologues.

CHANTAL AKERMAN: ARTIST PROJECT SEASON is a film and performative program which surveys the work of Belgian/French filmmaker Chantal Akerman, placing it within a conceptual, thematic and historical context at the intersection of film and contemporary art, through film screenings, staged performances and performative and discursive events. This season is made possible by c3:initiative and The Northwest Film Center, and by friends of Zena.

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