Sunday, 16 March 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 100: Thu Apr 10

Toute Un Nuit (Akerman, 1982): ICA Cinema, 8pm

This is presented by the A Nos Amours Film Club in association with the Birds Eye Film Festival.

Here is the ICA introduction:
A Nos Amours continues a retrospective of the complete film works of Chantal Akerman with Toute une nuit, Akerman’s tender, ever-restless nocturnal of 1982.

This is a film that begins at fall of night and ends as dawn approaches. Bathed in an Edward Hopper-like gloom of neon and tungsten bulbs, Akerman arranges and choreographs a series of brief encounters, wordless lovers’ tender embraces, and the slow meanderings of lonely night owls.

These wordless interactions, often with musical interludes from juke boxes and accidental sound (beautifully mixed by Jean-Paul Loublier who also mixed Jeanne Dielman), accumulate into a wonderful screen dance, punctuated by stillness and silence. This is after the realm of the insomniac and time passing is never so strongly felt.

'I want the viewer to physically experience the time spent in each shot. This physical experience of this time is in you; the film time unfolds in you' (Akerman has said). And as we all know, waiting for love, hoping for love, is all about time.

A Nos Amours is pleased to be co-presenting this screening with Birds Eye View Film Festival.
We are delighted that Richard Kwietniowski will introduce the film. Richard Kwietniowski made the very memorable Love and Death Long Island and Owning Mahogany, and is a great admirer of Chantal Akerman.

Chicago Reader review:
Chantal Akerman said good-bye to minimalism with this 1982 feature, which finds its model less in Michael Snow than MGM musicals. A hot summer night in Brussels is covered in brief narrative fragments centered on couples coming together or breaking up; as the film continues, it acquires an almost choreographic sense of rhythm and space. A real pleasure to watch, though Akerman doesn't skirt the darker implications of this dance of desire.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is an extract.

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