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Chantal Akerman, 1950-2015

Photo: Elizabeth Lennard. Copyright: Elizabeth Lennard/Opale/Leemage.

The great director and artist Chantal Akerman has died in Paris.

Filmmaker will have more on Akerman in the days ahead, but here are several of her short(er) films, with the hope that you will all take to Hulu/Criterion, Fandor or even a video store to seek out her feature length masterpieces, a description that doensn’t begin to cover the work of one of the 21st century’s most significant artists. Her final feature, No Home Movie plays tomorrow and Thursday at the New York Film Festival.  Lastly, a word from J. Hoberman on his quest to cover Jeanne Dielman for The Village Voice — it didn’t arrive at New York’s Film Forum until seven years after its European festival tour.

Chantal Akerman La Chambre [1972] 16mm, colour, silent, 11’ from Held Hands on Vimeo.

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