Posts Tagged ‘Jeanne Dielman’

Western Union: Chantal Akerman

January 28, 2010

“The jail thing is very, very present in all of my work… Sometimes not very frontally. La Captive, it’s the same, Jeanne Dielman, it’s the same. She is also in her own jail, and she needs her jail to survive. That’s why when she got an orgasm, it destroyed her jail and her existence, and so she killed the guy. And the jail is coming from the camps, because my mother was in the camps, and she internalized that and gave it to me. Thank you.”

— Director Chantal Akerman talks rooms and prisons (via The A.V. Club)

ND / NF ’09 Trailers: From Parque Via to We Live in Public

March 29, 2009

ndnf-20091It’s our third and final round-up of video ephemera from the New Directors New Films festival! Today’s line-up features both critical excess and opprobrium. Parque Viabrings back the ND/NF09 stand-by, the slighted servant. Then there’s misery in the Chinese badlands, alienation in America’s BBQ capital, a hot blast of neo-neo realism in South Korea, bedsit bathos in London town, and finally a jolt of futureshock from the director of DiG!

Parque Via (Enrique Rivero, 2008)

If someone came up to you saying, “It’s Jeanne Dielman, except God exists!”you’d be tempted to attach them to the nearest jukebox and throw it in the East River. But when that person is Keith Uhlich of Time Out and you imagine him looking like this and you realize he’s referring to this film, it’s possible to forgive. An old servant loses their rag (and presumably their routine) when the house gets sold.

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