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Chantal Akerman films Saturday January 3 at SFMOMA , noon

From: John
Sent on: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 6:01 PM
Dear Radical Visionaries,


Join us Saturday January 3 when we ring in the New Year with films by the famed radical feminist filmmaker Chantal Akerman. Hotel Monterey (1972), the director's first feature film, plays at 1 pm with the shorts Saute ma ville (1968) and La Chambre (1972). In Hotel Monterey, "shot silently and brilliantly by Babette Mangolte, Akerman explores the corridors, lobby, elevators, and rooms of a cheap New York hotel. Occasionally the rooms' solitary occupants are glimpsed, but this only increases the overall atmosphere of eerie isolation and quiet, and reveals perhaps more than any other Akerman film how central an influence Edward Hopper has been in her work." After a brief intermission, Je, tu, ill, elle (I, You, He, She) plays at 3 pm. "Chantal Akerman directed and plays the lead in this 1974 black-and-white feature that charts three successive stages of its heroine's love life. In the first part she lives like a hermit, eating only sugar, compulsively rearranging the furniture in her one-room flat, and apparently writing and rewriting a love letter; in part two she hitches a ride with a truck driver; in part three she arrives at the home of her female lover, and they proceed to make frantic love. This is every bit as obsessive and as eerie as Akerman's later Jeanne Dielman and Toute une nuit, though not as striking on a visual level; as in all her best work, however, the minimalist structure is both potent and haunting."

Akerman's films have been praised for their intense psychological depictions of the ordinary lives of women. Although experimental in their editing and treatment of sound, and somewhat stylized with respect to choreography, the films paradoxically often strike one as more real than real. The films we will see on January 3 mark the start of a two-month long retrospective of this remarkable fimmaker's work at the SF Museum of Modern Art.

Hotel Monterey (1972) and Je, tu, il, elle (1974) are playing at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (151 Third St., at Mission) at 1 pm and 3 pm.

More info about the Chantal Akerman retrospective and SFMOMA: http://www.sfmoma.org/events/series/1300

Tickets are $5 general, students, and seniors; free for SFMOMA members or with Museum admission.

12:00 Meet at SFMOMA's Caffe Museo for coffee and conversation.

12:45 Purchase admission to Museum and take our seats in the Phyllis Wattis Theater. Hotel Monterey starts at 1:00.

2:30-2:50 During intermission we will get coffee at Caffe Museo.

2:50 Again take our seats in the Phyllis Wattis Theater. Je, tu, il, elle starts at 3:00.

4:30 After the film we will meet again for conversation at Caffe Museo.

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