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CHANTAL?

WITH

Sonia Wieder-Atherton (cello)
Stanislas Merhar (Voice)

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A dialogue between film, cello and text.

The film is Saute ma ville, Chantal Akerman’s first short film (1968). With her are her silences, her burlesque and serious gestures, her ritornellos. The cello is the music of Bartok, Prokofiev and Janacek, a fiery energy, a mix of colors, popular themes and profound songs. The text is Chantal Akerman’s book Une Famille à Bruxelles, like a whisper that never ends, like a prayer.

The film will be repeated three times. Each time, the encounters between gestures and sounds, between ritornellos and murmurs, between words and silences, will be placed differently on the images.
Each time in a new arrangement of time. With Chantal.


Each time in a new arrangement of time.
With Chantal.

A rare and disconcerting installation that questions everyone’s view of Chantal Akerman’s protean work.”

MUSIC

Sonata, Presto / Melodia, Béla Bartók; Leoš Janáček, Moravian Poem, arrangement by Sonia Wieder-Atherton; New York Quartet, Sonia Wieder-Atherton; Jewish Prayer (traditional) arrangement by Sonia Wieder-Atherton; Cadenza from Symphonie concertante, Op.125, Sergei Prokofiev

FILM

Saute ma ville, Chantal Akerman, 1968

TEXT A Family in Brussels, Chantal Akerman, 1998 Chantal Akerman’s Une famille à Bruxelles is published and represented by L’Arche, éditeur.

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credits & thanks

WITH THE SUPPORT OF

The Chantal Akerman Foundation

PRODUCTION

Walter Films

PHOTOS

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New release

BACH: Cello Suites Nos. 3 & 4

“It’s a question of digging into the string until the phrase is born, along with its right breath. A sentence in perpetual becoming. It never stops being made and remade. I waited a long time to record them. And then one day, or rather one night, I began.”