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Fortnight 1999, Feature film, 1h15


The road to this film was long and convoluted. A long road which finally led me to understand that the film would again deal with something that continues to obsess me : History and anecdote, fear, mass graves, hatred of others, of oneself, but also the bedazzlement of beauty. Some peoples have too much history, too much of a past, like the Europeans, and others haven’t enough, like the Americans. Some perpetrate murder and even genocide because of, or in the name of, this surplus history, past, culture ; others do it out of a vague memory of a culture, of a place that they have left to go somewhere else, somewhere vast and new. This too leads them to repress the things that perturb them, that are superfluous, perhaps too the things which seems to them inappropriate in order to fully realize the utopia of a new world. Then came a new racist crime, a lynching, in Jasper, Texas. In our day and age, more than ever, there’s purification in the air. So I went to Jasper, Texas. I had a better understanding of what still obsesses me and this accumulation of still-unseen riches.


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).

Chantal Akerman

Raymond Fromont

Thierry de Halleux

Claire Atherton

production : Xavier Carniaux, AMIP, 52 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris, France, Tél. : 33 (0)1 48 87 45 13, Fax : 01 48 87 40 10 Paradise Films – INA – Carré Noir – RTBF Liège – Chemah I.S. vente à l’étranger : Doc & Co, 13 rue Portefoin, 75003 Paris, France, Tél. : 33 (0)1 42 77 56 87, Fax : 33 (0)1 42 72 64 82 distribution : Doc & Co