Chantal Akerman: Contre L’oubli/Against Oblivion

Chantal Akerman:

Contre l’Oubli/Against Oblivion

“Arguably the most important European director of her generation.”—J. Hoberman

Presented as part of the citywide retrospective in memory of Chantal Akerman (1950-2015), this program starts with a short piece commissioned by Amnesty International, Against Oblivion (Contre l’oubli, 1991, 3.40 min.), about the murder of Salvadorean union activist Febe Elisabeth Velásquez. In I Am Hungry, I Am Cold (J’ai Faim, J’ai Froid, 1984, 13 min.), a pair of runaways scamper across Paris, practice kissing, sing for their supper, and nonchalantly cast aside desiring men. In La Captive (1999, 112 min.), Akerman’s mesmerizing take on Proust's La Prisonnière, a young man’s obsessive infatuation with a bisexual woman (Sylvie Testud) traps them in a cycle of unfulfilled desire. 

The Jack H. Skirball Series is curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud. 

Program curated by Bérénice Reynaud and organized in collaboration with Paradise Films and Cinémathèque royale de Belgique and presented with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Institut Français and with the support of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Belgium.

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MON 4/4
8:30 pm
$11  $8$6

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff