Akerman par Chantal Akerman (1996): Self-Portrait

Akerman par Chantal Akerman is a thoroughly charming self-portrait, which offers an introduction to Akerman’s complex life and rich work.

Created for the French TV series CinĂ©ma de notre temps, it is made up of two parts. The first features Akerman speaking and reading to the camera, delivering a monologue about the making of the film, Akerman’s family and her childhood.

The film’s second part consists of dozens of clips highlighting the variety of Akerman’s work as well as the recurring images and themes.

The two parts constitute a thoughtful and thought-provoking auto-biopic that’s confessional and unexpectedly funny.

Running time: 63 min.