Visions of Europe: Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

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CertificateNot Rated
Director(s)Chantal Akerman
Writer(s)Chantal Akerman
CountryBelgium, France
Running Time3HR 22MINS
Extra InfoEnglish subtitles
SeasonVisions of Europe

For the first time in 70 years the Sight and Sound poll for greatest film of all time was topped by a film directed by a woman. One that takes a consciously, radically feminist approach to cinema.

A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow, whose chores include making the beds, cooking dinner for her son, and turning the occasional trick.

In its enormous spareness, Akerman’s film seems simple, but it encompasses an entire world. Whether seen as an exacting character study or as one of cinema’s most hypnotic and complete depictions of space and time, Jeanne Dielman is an astonishing, compelling movie experiment, one that has been analysed and argued over for decades.

From 31 Mar - 16 Apr, Visions of Europe returns to celebrate the breadth of European cinema. With a handpicked selection of 24 films from a Macedonian witch tale to a race through Berlin, we take in the best of European film including previews, festival hits and classics returning to the big screen.


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