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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai Du Commerce – 1080 Bruxelles

Fortnight 1975, Feature film, 3h45


Tuesday the 22nd of April, 1975
I was aked to write about my intentions in making this film without only telling its story line. Thus I must say that I had not any other intentions but to tell the story of what happened to Jeanne Dielman between tuesday 5pm and thursday 6pm in the same week.
So I remembered at first pretty vaguely and then more strongly that I use to think I would to dedicate this film to my mother. « To my mother Nathalia, also know as Nelly » was what I wanted to say, but I rejected the idea immediatly, by modesty or self-censorship. I’m thinking now without being sure whay that « intentions » are not suitable for my film for now.
I feel to that if I hadn’t known my mother, I wouldn’t have made this film – which is absolutely not a portrait of my mother though…


Chantal Akerman

Born in Brussels in 1950. Directed her first short film in 1968, film in which she was the only actor and which already looked forward to the director’s unusual vision of our daily environment, with its blend of black humor, fantasy and insolence. Directed her first feature in New York in 1972, but it was with « Jeanne Dielman » that critics and audiences discovered her work. In her most recent work she has alternated documentaries and autobiographical fiction: « Sud » (documentary, 1999), « La Captive » (fiction, 2000), « De l’autre côté » (documentary, 2002), « Demain on déménage » (fiction, 2004) et « Là-bas » (documentary, 2006).

Delphine Seyrig
Jan Decorte

Chantal Akerman

Babette Mangolte

Production : PARADISE FILM / UNITÉ 3