1976

News from Home

Belgium-France, 1976 / 16mm / Color / 90 min
Chantal Akerman


“J’adore. Toujours pas libre de ma mère.”

News from Home

Belgium-France, 1976 / 16mm / Color / 90 min

Cast: Chantal Akerman

Production: Marilyn Watelet , Alain Dahan

Sound: Dominique Dalmasso

Editing: Francine Sandberg

Photography: Babette Mangolte, Luc Benhamou

News from home comes through as « love letters » to the filmmaker in New York from her mother in Europe.

This text paints an intimate picture of family life, with its catalogue of minor illnesses, domestic routines, betrothals and financial anxieties. The elegiac emotionalism of the text is counterpointed not only by the flat monotone of Akerman’s recitation but also by the images of Manhattan as an alien, urban ghost-town, its streets preternaturally empty.


For any request about Chantal Akerman’s Film News from Home, you can contact the foundation at:

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