e-flux and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen present
Chantal Akerman, La chambre | From My Window / From Your Window: Film #4
Friday, May 29, 2020

Chantal Akerman, La chambre (still), 1972.

e-flux and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen are pleased to present Chantal Akerman's La chambre, the fourth film in the joint series From My Window / From Your Window.

Two 360° traveling shots describe the space of a room as a succession of still lives: a chair, some fruit on a table—solitary, waiting objects. Glimpsed within these movements, one sole presence: a young women sitting on a bed. The third shot stops in mid-course, to reverse its movement and reframe the young woman who is eating an apple.

In Chantal Akerman's early short film La chambre, we see the furniture and clutter of one small apartment room become the subject of a moving still life—with Akerman herself staring back at us. This breakthrough formal experiment is the first film the director made in New York. 

Chantal Akerman (1950–2015) is considered to be one of the most important directors of her generation. The author of almost fifty films, she is best known for her pioneering Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), which earned her a central place in the world of avant-garde cinema. From 2013 to 2015, London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts held a complete retrospective of her films. Her final release No Home Movie was premiered at the 2015 New York Film Festival.

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