"No Home Movie"

(Jun. 8 & 16) — Chantal Akerman’s final work, released shortly after her death and inevitably shadowed by it, "No Home Movie" is a sustained portrait of her mother, Natalia. A crucial figure in Akerman’s cinema throughout her career, Natalia was born in Poland, fled to Belgium during the war, and was eventually sent to and survived Auschwitz. The film documents the last months of her life, and Natalia and Akerman’s relationship, with the intimacy and domesticity of a diary film. Akerman seems to film perpetually, recording her conversations with her mother, in person, via phone and over Skype, as well as Natalia simply existing, in long, uneventful passages that call to mind Akerman’s masterpiece, "Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles." But the simplicity and apparent artlessness of "No Home Movie" are deceptive, masking a great depth of feeling, a palpable sense of searching, and a desire to confront, by means of the camera, mortality, time and loss.

Screening June 8 at 4:30pm and June 16 at 9pm.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 9:00pm


Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10003


(212) 505-5181


$12 at the door; $9 Student/Senior

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