Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles 1975 M

1.30PM Sun 26 Apr 2020 (3hrs 1min)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

‘The Belgian director Chantal Akerman fills her movies with patterns and textures of ordinary life, the stuff other films never even notice. The most extreme and best-known incarnation of her cinema of the everyday remains her second feature, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, a three-hour-15-minute drama that manages to extract dread and suspense from the monotonous daily routine of a Brussels housewife. The methodical deadpan of the film's title mirrors its approach. Using static, head-on compositions and unblinking blocks of real time, it details three days in the repetitive existence of a 40ish middle-class widow (the French art-film goddess Delphine Seyrig). Jeanne, who lives with her teenage son, proceeds through her endless checklist of chores with automaton efficiency. She cooks, she cleans, she shops, and every afternoon, in the window of time it takes for the dinner potatoes to boil, she has sex for money with a gentleman caller.’Film Fest Gent

CREDITS

35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 202 MINUTES, FRANCE, BELGIUM, FRENCH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: CHANTAL AKERMAN / PRODUCER:  GUY CAVAGNAC, CORINNE JÉNART, EVELYNE PAUL, ALAIN DAHAN, LILIANE DE KERMADEC, PAUL VECCHIALI / SCRIPT:  CHANTAL AKERMAN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BABETTE MANGOLTE / EDITOR: PATRICIA CANINO / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: CINÉMATHÈQUE ROYALE DE BELGIQUE  / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP