* "Belgium Cineaste" was not seen due to the theater screening regulations at 2020’s Guest Country section will be screened as an additional films during this year’s Guest Country Section.
From the early days of film history to the present, Belgium has secured its unique cinema ecosystem by producing various fiction, documentary, and animation films in different genres. One of the characteristics of Belgian cinema is its successful balance of industry and art, as seen in its remarkable commercial and art house films. Belgium is known as a home for world-renowned masters such as André Delvaux and the Dardenne brothers, not to mention the fact that Chantal Akerman, one of cinema’s most influential filmmakers, is from the country.
Chantal Akerman was born in Brussels in 1950 to a Polish-Jewish family. After watching Jean-Luc Godard’s 《Pierrot le Fou》 (1965), she made up her mind to become a filmmaker. Akerman attempted to subvert cinematic conventions and pioneered an undiscovered field of cinema. As a painter carefully observes an object, she thoroughly composed her images with her camera. Her films, such as 《I, You, He, She》 (1974) and 《Jeanne Dielman》 (1975),have left a significant mark on film history, becoming a source of inspiration and courage for other filmmakers. Akerman, a trailblazer of film arts and an artist with original perspectives, made her last film 《No Home Movie》 (2015) and died in Paris at the age of 65 in 2015.
“Belgium Cineaste” presents Akerman’s four short films produced from the 1960s to the 1980s. Some keywords for those films include revolt, feminism, space, and body.
Chantal Akerman, Samy Szlingerbaum