‘The Cinematheque’ To Bid Farewell To Bold, Original Filmmaker Chantal Akerman


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Vancouver, BC | The Cinematheque bids farewell to Chantal Akerman, the Belgian-born, Paris-based, boldly original filmmaker who died last October, with a program featuring her last film, a new documentary about her work, and her masterpiece, Jeanne Dielman.

Akerman’s work was informed by the avant-garde cinemas of the 1960s and ’70s, and by feminism. Her uncompromising films inspired directors such as Michael Haneke, Todd Haynes, Jim Jarmusch, Sophia Coppola, and Gus Van Sant.


Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles | Akerman’s masterpiece showcases the real-time, day-to-day routine of a Brussels widow and housewife who works as a prostitute on the side. “Brilliant … A film that changed the face of European cinema” (J. Hoberman, Village Voice).

I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman | Director Marianne Lambert’s expansive new documentary surveys Akerman’s remarkable artistic career. “An affecting final portrait … It provides a haunting coda” (Hollywood Reporter).

No Home Movie | Akerman’s last film is a portrait of the director’s mother in the final months of her own life. “One of the ten best films of 2015” (Sight & Sound).

Opening night reception Wednesday, March 23 (6pm) with refreshments and special introduction, followed by a screening of Jeanne Dielman. Details here.



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Telephone: 604-688-8202
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Key People


Jim Sinclair – Executive + Artistic Director
Amber Orchard – Managing Director

About The Cinematheque


The Cinematheque is a charitable cultural organization that brings the Essential Cinema Experience to Vancouver audiences. Home to one of the largest and most extensive programs of curated films in North America, The Cinematheque presents over 500 screenings annually including retrospectives of great directors’ works, new features from Canada’s hottest young filmmakers, prestigious internationally touring exhibitions, plus guest appearances, lectures, special receptions, and much more.

The Cinematheque is also home to the West Coast Film Archive, a collection which holds 2000+ works on 16mm and 35mm film, the Film Reference Library, and an award-winning Education Department that works with youth, educators, and the community-at-large year-round to provide digitial filmmaking programs, critical media literacy workshops, and educational film screenings.



“Going to The Cinematheque is the closest thing to visiting Manhattan without leaving Vancouver …. Its program is as innovative and entertaining as any you’ll find in New York.” David Spaner, The Province

“For the true cinema lover who appreciates foreign and independent retrospectives, restorations, experimental films, and rare or obscure works, the Cinematheque is a necessity.” Craig Takeuchi, The Georgia Straight

“Cinémathèques now take on a job parallel to what museums do with painting and sculpture.  They assemble, sort, analyze and exhibit the culture of the world.”  Robert Fulford, The Globe & Mail

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