1972

Hotel Monterey

Belgium, 1972 / 16mm / Silent / Color / 63 min


“ Je respire, je suis vraiment une cineaste.”

Hotel Monterey

Belgium, 1972 / 16mm / Silent / Color / 63 min

Editing: Geneviève Luciani

Photography: Babette Mangolte

The film is a fragmentary description of a well-fare hotel, from the lobby to the urban panorama of the top storey, an elevator investigation given metaphor in the elevator.

Akerman’s static camera seizes upon the head-on format to frame the entrance, certain corridor, the interior of the lift – to frame, fix in a frame, shots composed of lines, volumes and voids, objects of architectural fascination/documentation. Finally, there is a long tracking shot which sweeps across a landscape – not at ground level but where the tops of the buildings meet the sky


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