No Home Movie

The final masterpiece by the late Chantal Akerman is both a fascinating
encapsulation of her nearly fifty years of filmmaking and an entirely
accessible, deeply moving documentary about a daughter’s relationship with
her ailing parent. During her elderly mother’s final months, Akerman filmed
their conversations with a consumer-grade video camera. Working with this
most basic equipment, Akerman retains her unmistakable gaze and creates
a true work of art from the ephemera of daily life. For the wonder of No Home
Movie is the wonder of Akerman’s entire body of work: having begun to make
films when it was rare for women to direct, let alone for films to truly focus on a
woman’s experience, Akerman set about turning the domestic into the political
and historical, the kitchen into the world stage on which revolution and
intimacy played out side by side. This most personal of films is no exception:
set in kitchens and living rooms and composed of quotidian activities, this
tender but unsentimental meditation on love and communication is above all
a film about the individual’s place in history and the world. Those who have
seen Akerman’s films will know that her mother’s experience as a Jew during
the Holocaust shaped the daughter’s art: in No Home Movie, mother and
daughter discuss the subject openly for the first time, considering its effect
on their lives, but also on the future of humanity.

Chantal Akerman

Chantal Akerman

Natalia Akerman

115 min.
Belgium, France, 2016
Blu-Ray, DCP, DVD

Icarus Films

$200 discounted Tournées Film
Festival rate for one screening