chantal akerman no home movie

Locarno often serves as a bellwether for how the next year — or, given problems many of these films encounter when seeking distribution, few years — of international cinema will play out, given the selection team’s eye for talents often cast aside by bigger festivals that can pull in bigger names. Their 2015 slate doesn’t break from that tradition, even if a) the films we’ve already highlighted are by established auteurs and b) the title that’s particularly caught my eye is from none other than Chantal Akerman.

Yes, one of the world’s greatest artists, film or otherwise, has a new project: No Home Movie, which sounds an awful lot like a companion to her 1977 masterpiece News from Home. (Note: Hulu Plus subscribers can watch that [along with several other films of hers] right here.) The cultural affairs organization Wallonie-Bruxelles have a synopsis; composed by Akerman herself, it tells us Home is “above all a film about my mother,” in this particular instance a “woman we only see in her apartment. An apartment in Brussels. A film about the changing world and my mother does not see.”

Here, too, is a summary from Locarno’s artistic director, Carlo Chatrian:

“Overtaken by the orgy of images in which we are constantly immersed, cinema may no longer be a home for the world; and yet the world still desperately needs a home. It is Chantal Akerman who most clearly articulates how this word can resonate. Her No Home Movie is a film about the end of a relationship that becomes an image of the end of a home. It is at the same time perhaps the finest tribute that can paid to a home as a place without any particular qualities yet endowed with enormous emotional value. Home is a space for sharing an emotion. In this sense, home functions to an extent as a frame, taking a portion of space, (and time) and confers a particular value upon it. So then film is perhaps the home we lack in terms of being able to read our very confusing present era.”

Also of interest: Chevalier, the new film from Athina Rachel Tsangari (of Attenberg fame); Ben Rivers‘ (A Spell to Ward off the Darkness) The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, which I can’t believe isn’t the title of a Godspeed You! Black Emperor album; an opening-night placement for Jonathan Demme‘s Ricki and the Flash; and retrospectives dedicated to Michael Cimino, Bulle Ogier, Marco Bellocchio, and Walter Murch.

The full, extensive lineup can be seen below, followed by new images from Hong Sang-soo‘s Right Now, Wrong Then and Andrzej Zulawski‘s Cosmos, as well as the Akerman (including a clip), Tsangari, and Rivers pictures:


      • Ricki and the Flash (Jonathan Demme, USA)
      • La belle saison (Catherine Corsini, France)
      • Le dernier passage (Pascal Magontier, France)
      • Der staat gegen Fritz Bauer (Lars Kraume, Germany)
      • Southpaw (Antoine Fuqua, USA)
      • Trainwreck (Judd Apatow, USA)
      • Jack (Elisabeth Scharang, Austria)
      • Floride (Philippe Le Guay, France)
      • The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino, UK/USA)
      • Erlkönig (Georges Schwizgebel, Switzerland)
      • Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre (Philippe Falardeau, Canada)
      • Bombay Velvet (Anurag Kashyap, India)
      • Pastorale cilentana (Mario Martone, Italy)
      • La vanite (Lionel Baier, Switzerland/France)
      • The Laundryman (Lee Chung, Taiwan)
      • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, USA)
      • I pugni ni tasca (Marco Bellocchio, Italy)
      • Heliopolis (Sérgio Machado, Brazil)
      • Amnesia (Barbet Schroeder, Switzerland/France)


    • Bella e perduta (Pietro Marcello, Italy)
    • Brother Dejan (Bakur Bakuradze, Russia/Serbia)
    • Chevalier (Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece)
    • Cosmos (Andrzej Zulawski, France/Portugal)
    • Entertainment (Rick Alverson, USA)
    • Happy Hour (Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Japan)
    • Heimatland (Lisa Blatter, Gregor Frei, Jan Gassmann, Benny Jaberg, Carmen Jaquier, Michael Krummenacher, Jonas Meier, Tobias Nölle, Lionel Rupp, Mike Scheiwiller, Switzerland/Germany)
    • James White (Josh Mond, USA)
    • Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)
    • Paradise (Sina Ataeian Dena, Iran/Germany)
    • No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman, Belgium/France)
    • O futebol (Sergio Oksman, Spain)
    • Schneider vs. Bax (Alex van Warmerdam, Netherlands/Belgium)
    • Suite armoricaine (Pascale Breton, France)
    • Dark in the White Light (Vimukthi Jayasundra, Sri Lanka/France)
    • Te prometo anarquia (Julio Hernández Cordón, Mexico/Germany)
    • The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers (Ben Rivers, UK)
    • Tikkun (Avishai Sivan, Israel)


    • Motherland (Senem Tüzen, Turkey/Greece)
    • Dead Slow Ahead (Mauro Herce, Spain/France)
    • Der nachmahr (AKIZ, Germany)
    • Dom Juan (Vincente Macaigne, France)
    • Dream Land (Steve Chen, Cambodia/USA)
    • El movimiento (Benjamin Naishtat, Argentina/South Korea)
    • Keeper (Guillaume Senez, Belgium/Switzerland/France)
    • Le grand jeu (Nicolas Pariser, France)
    • Les etres chers (Anne Émond, Canada)
    • Kaili Blues (Bi Gan, China)
    • Moj brate – mio fratello (Nazareno Manuel Nicoletti, Italy/Canada/Bosnia-Herzegovina)
    • Olmo & The Seagull (Petra Costa, Lea Glob, Denmark/Brazil/Portugal/France)
    • Siembra (Ángela Osorio Rojas, Santiago Lozano Álvarez, Columbia/Germany)
    • The Waiting Room (Igor Drijaca, Canada)
    • Thithi (Raam Reddy, India)SIGNS OF LIFE
    • 88:88 (Isiah Medina, Canada)
    • Mr. Zhang Believes (Qiu Jiongjiong, China)
    • Deux Remi, deux (Pierre Leon, France/Switzerland)
    • L’accademia delle muse (José Luis Guerin, Spain)
    • L’infinita fabbrica del duomo (Martina Parenti, Massimo D’anolfi, Italy)
    • Machine Gun or Typewriter? (Travis Wilkerson, USA)
    • Recollection (Kamal Aljafari, Germany)
    • Slackjaw (Zach Weintraub, USA)


    • Contre-pouvoirs (Malek Bensmail, Algeria/France)
    • Fragments du paradis (Stéphane Goël, Switzerland)
    • Genitori (Alberto Fasulo, Italy)
    • I sogni del lago salato (Andrea Segre, Italy)
    • Kaki Kouba (Kauzhiro Soda, Japan/USA)
    • Kiev/Moscow. Part 1 (Elena Khoreva, Russia/Estonia/Ukraine)
    • Le bois dont les reves sont faits (Claire Simon, France/Switzerland)
    • Romeo e Giulietta (Massimo Coppola, Italy)
    • Topophilia (Peter Bo Rappmund, USA)
    • Vivere alla grande (Fabio Leli, Italy)
    • Yes No Maybe (Kasper Kasics, Switzerland)
    • Shorts
    • Estratos de la imagen (Lois Patiño, Spain)
    • L’architecte de Saint-Gaudens (Julie Desprairies, Serge Bozon, France)
    • Noite sem distancia (Lois Patiño, Spain)
    • Riot (Nathan Silver, USA)
    • The Glory of Filmmaking in Portugal (Manuel Mozos, Portugal)
    • Undisclosed Recipients (Sandro Aguilar, Portugal)
    • Art Basel: Following the program presented by the Festival in Basel in June, the Art Basel film section has curated a program for Locarno.
    • Anfangsszene (Karolin Meunier, Germany)
    • It, Heat, Hit (Laure Prouvost, UK)
    • The Girl Chewing Gum (John Smith, UK)
    • Turbulent (Shirin Neshat, USA)
    • Twelve (Melanie Manchot, UK)
    • Tele Brilhadora: Special project coordinated by Júlio Bressane.
    • Kid (Júlio Bressane, Brazil)
    • The Mirror (Rodrigo Lima, Brazil)
    • The Mayor (Bruno Safadi, Brazil)
    • Origin of the World (Mao Batsow, Brazil)


        • Marco Bellochio: Buongiorno, notte (2003), I pugni in tasca (1965), L’ora di religione (2002), Vincere (2009)
        • Michael Cimino: Heaven’s Gate (1980), The Deer Hunter (1978), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), Year of the Dragon (1986)
        • Edward Norton: 25th Hour (2002), Fight Club (1999), The Painted Veil (2006)
        • Andy Garcia: The Lost City (2005), The Untouchables (1987)
        • Walter Murch: Apocalypse Now (1979), Return to Oz (1985), Particle Fever (2013), Touch of Evil (1958)
        • Bulle Ogier: Belle toujours (2006), Et crac (1969), La salamandre (1971), La vallee (1972), Le pont du nord (1981), Les idoles (1968)
        • Marlen Khutsiev: Infinitas (1992), It Was the Month of May (1970), Two Fyodor (1958), July Rain (1966), Khutsiev. Action starts! (2015), Afterword (1984), Bastione Il’ich (1965)
        • Alex Phillips: Crepusculo (1944), En la palma de tu mano (1950), La mujer del puerto (1933), Subida al cielo (1952)
        • Teco Celio: L’amore probabilmente (2001)
        • Georges Schwizgebel
        • Kurt Früh: Dallebach Kari (1970), Hinter den sieben gleisen (1959)
        • A qualcuno piacera – storia e storie di Elio Pandolfi (Caterina Taricano, Claudio de Pasqualis, Italy)
        • I Don’t Belong Anywhere – Le cinema de Chantal Akerman (Marianne Lambert, Belgium)
        • Karlovy Vary: Invention for Destruction (1958)


        • Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
        • Convoy (1978)
        • Junior Bonner (1972)
        • Major Dundee (1965)
        • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
        • Ride the High Country (1962)
        • Straw Dogs (1971)
        • The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
        • The Cross of Iron (1977)
        • The Deadly Companions (1961)
        • The Getaway (1972)
        • The Killer Elite (1975)
        • The Osterman Weekend (1983)
        • The Wild Bunch (1969)
        • TV Series
        • ABC Stage 67 / Noon Wine (1966)
        • Broken Arrow / The Teacher (1957)
        • Klondike / Swoger’s Mule (1960)
        • Man without a Gun / The Kidder (1959)
        • Tales of Wells Fargo / Apache Gold (1957)
        • The Dick Powell Theater / Pericles on 31st Street (1962)
        • The Dick Powell Theater / The Losers (1963)
        • The Rifleman (1958-1959)
        • The Westerner (1960)
        • Zane Grey Theater / Lonesome Road (1959)
        • Zane Grey Theater / Trouble at Tres Cruces (1959)
        • Tombstone Territory / Johnny Ringo’s Last Ride (1958)
        • Archives
        • Etoiles et toiles / Sam Peckinpah (1985)
        • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
        • Jinxed! (1982)
        • Passion & Poetry – The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah (2005)
        • Portrat of a Madonna (1952)
        • Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron (1992)
        • Sam Peckinpah: Portrait (2006)
        • The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
        • The Glory Guys (1965)
        • The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage (1996)
        • Tom Tit Tot (1958)


Concorso internazionale
      • Zeus (Pavel Vesnakov, Germany/Bulgaria)
      • Dear Director (Marcus Lindeen, Sweden)
      • Des milions de larmes (Natalie Beder, France)
      • Eco (Xacio Bano, Spain)
      • Fils de loup (Lola Quivoron, France)
      • Guilliver, Maria Alche, Argentina)
      • Historia de uma pena (Leonardo Mouramateus, Brazil)
      • I Remember Nothing (Zia Anger, USA)
      • Junilyn Has (Carlo Francisco Manatad, Philippines)
      • KM 73 (Radu Ghelbereu, UK/Romania)
      • La impresion de una guerra (Camilo Restrepo, France/Colombia)
      • La novia de Frankenstein (Agostina Galvez, Francisco Lezama, Argentina)
      • Lampedusa (Phlip Cartelli, Mariangela Ciccarello, Italy/France/USA)
      • Les cuarto esquinas del circulo (Katarina Stankovic, Germany/Mexico/Serbia)
      • Mama (Davit Pirtskhalava, Georgia)
      • Maria do mar (Joao Rosas, Portugal)
      • Nothing Human (Tom Rosenberg, USA)
      • Nueva vida (Jola Wierczorek, Austria/Portugal)
      • O teto sobre nos (Bruno Carboni, Brazil)
      • Reflections (Osi Wald, Israel)
      • Renaitre (Jean-Francois Ravagnan, Belgium)
      • The Ebb of Forgetting (Liryc Dela Cruz, Philippines)
      • Salarie oriental (Rinat Bekchintayev, Egor Shevchenko, Russia)
      • Yellow Fieber (Konstantina Kotzamani, Greece)

Concorso nazionale

      • Babor Casanova (Karim Sayad, Switzerland)
      • D’ombres et d’ailes (Eleonora Marinoni, Elice Meng (Switzerland/France)
      • Ein ort Wie Dieser (Philip Meyer, Switzerland)
      • Hausarrest (Matthias Sahli, Switzerland)
      • Joconde (Lora Mure-Ravaud, Switzerland)
      • Just Another Day in Egypt (Conrina Schwingruber Ilic, Nikola Ilic, Switzerland)
      • La riviere sous la langue (Carmen Jaquier, Switzerland)
      • Le barrage (Samuel Grandchamp, Switzerland/USA)
      • Les monts s’embrasent (Laura Morales, Switzerland)
      • Persi (Caterina Mona, Switzerland)
      • The Meadow (Jela Hasler, Switzerland)

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