Là-bas: Akerman’s Portrait of Israel

Là-bas, 2006, DCP

Restoration by Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique

color, sound, 78 minutes.

Produced during a sojourn as a teacher in Tel Aviv, Là-bas is both Akerman’s lone portrait of the country and an acknowledgment of the impossibility of its representation.

Unfolding in a series of fixed, inquisitive shots, Là-bas peers through blinds at Akerman’s neighbors as she ruminates on her family, Jewish identity and daily life in her rented apartment.