Biography of Chantal Akerman (1950-VVVV)

Director and screenwriter of Belgian cinema, born in Brussels (Belgium) on June 6, 1950.

Fascinated by the aesthetic revolution involving the Nouvelle Vague movement at the end of the 1960s, he/she entered with just seventeen years in the Parisian International University of theater, which will leave a few months later in the consideration that the study of the cinematic technique is to create false barriers expressive and reduces creative freedom. After directing several short films in precarious conditions of production he/she moved to New York, where engaged in contact with prestigious avant-garde filmmakers like Stan Brakhage or Michael Snow, whose work will influence his later film career. This brief, but successful New York stage, ended with the realization, among other films, Hotel Monterrey (1972), singular attempt to recreate the atmosphere of a hotel through long shots that conclude in dense fades to black and where a complete Filmography of this creative characteristic narrative minimalism prelude. His particular notion of realism is expressed in the mix of ambient sounds surrounding the actors with concise dialogues which do not necessarily fall within a conventional narrative.

Return to Belgium he/she managed a great critical success with the travels of Anna (1978), semiautobiografico story in which a young filmmaker travels through Germany to present his latest film and that, after a seemingly banal experiences, just returning home. This film followed you by others where the desire that the viewer feel a step slow time and reflective way consider desdramatizadas stories, trend that reached its high point in Moving left patent in (1993), monologue of a man who has just moved apartment.

Only Romance in New York (1995) break these incisive portraits of individuals without special everyday problems in dealing with the culture shock that occurs between a Parisian ballerina and a US psychologist, characters played by stars of the magnitude of William Hurtand Juliette Binoche . This story Chantal Akerman attempted to enter without too much fortune in the commercial dynamic of global distribution networks, while ending its series of autobiographical portrait with Chantal Akerman documentary by Chantal Akerman (1996), unusual close to the schizoid reflection on personality.

After a short creative period in 1999 he/she returned to the frontline with the documentary Sud and with the feature film captive it, who adapted a fragment of the monumental novel by Marcel Proust in search of lost time.

In 2002 made the film documentary from the other side, on the border between Mexico and United States. With this material, he/she made an installation, with simultaneous images on eighteen monitors, at the Documenta in Kassel, which was later presented at the Gallery Elba Benítez of Madrid, in January 2005 (a date that coincided with a retrospective cycle of a selection of his cinematographic work presented in the Spanish film library).


Short films:

1968: Saute ma ville.1971: l'enfant aime.1972: the chambre.1973: Le 15 du 8.1984: L'homme, to the valise; New York, New York Bis.

Feature films:

[Chantal is almost all his films screenwriter]

1973: Monterey.1974 hotel: Je your elle i. 1975: Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. 1977: News from home.1978: the travels of Ana. 1980: Dis-moi; 1982: All a noche.1983: 1980s; A pineapple to demande.1984 jour: Paris vu par... 20 ans après; Family business.1987: Seven women, seven sins.1988: Un jour pina m' to demande.1989: Histoires d' Amérique; Food, Family and Philosophy/American Stories.1991: Nuit et jour. 1992: Against oblivion. 1993: D'est; Moving in.1994: Portrait of a young girl at the end of the 1960s in Brussels.1996: Romance in New York; Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman.1999: Sud; Captive it. 2002: From the other side.