I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman

Poster for I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman Born in Brussels, Belgium in 1950, Chantal Akerman was a filmmaker whose work gaves new meaning to the term "independent film." An Akerman film is an exercise in pure independence, creativity and art. Her viewers must give themself over completely to the experience of the film and watch with an open mind. Strong themes in her films include women at work and at home, women's relationships to men, women, and children, food, love, sex, romance, art, and storytelling. Each Akerman film is a world to be explored on its own terms. Her films are the subject of numerous books including Identity and Memory: The Films of Chantal Akerman by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster and Nothing Happens: Chantal Akerman's Hyperrealist Everday by Ivone Margulies. Chantal Akerman died in Paris, France in 2015, having forever changed the history of cinema.

67 minutes
Marianne Lambert

Shown at

  1. New York Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  2. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2016

2 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    I Don’t Belong Anywhere:The Cinema of Chantal Akerman (2015) New York Jewish Film Festival 2016

    Stunning portrait of Chantal Akerman makes it hard to believe she just died since this film includes the director editing her last film NOT A HOME MOVIE and she seems to be in excellent health even if she smokes like a chimney. It’s a brief film full of clips and talking heads, including actors who worked with her and the directors she influenced.


  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    Film Review: I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman
    Impressionistic documentary about Chantal Akerman is best suited for those already familiar with the late, great filmmaker’s work.

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