“Arguably the most important
European director of her generation.”
—J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
—The A.V. Club
—Toronto International Film Festival
Disc 1: FROM THE EAST (110 minutes, 1993)
A journey from the end of summer to deepest winter, from East Germany across Poland and the Baltics, to Moscow.“One of Akerman’s best films.” —Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Disc 2: SOUTH (70 minutes, 1999)
The heart of this journey is the brutal murder of James Byrd, Jr. in Jasper, Texas. But this is not an anatomy of his murder; rather, it is an evocation of how this event fits into a landscape and climate as mental as it is physical.
“Conjures the ghosts of the hate crimes and lynchings that have plagued that part of the U.S. for decades. [SOUTH] makes its sorrowful points succinctly.” —Variety
Disc 3: FROM THE OTHER SIDE (99 minutes, 2002)
With technology developed for the military, the INS has stemmed the flow of illegal immigration in San Diego. But for the desperate, there are still the dangerous deserts of Arizona.
“Chilling! Stunningly composed.” —Amy Taubin, Film Comment
Disc 4: DOWN THERE (78 minutes, 2006)
First time released in the U.S. and on DVD, only available in this box set!
Akerman spends a brief period on her own in an apartment by the sea in Tel Aviv, contemplating her family, her Jewish identity and her childhood.
“Fragile and most powerful of [Akerman’s] works.” —Film Comment
Disc 5: CHANTAL AKERMAN, FROM HERE (62 minutes, 2010)
An hour-long, single-shot conversation with Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman about her films and her directorial philosophy.
“Akerman was, simultaneously, a documentarian and a narrative filmmaker; a maker of comedies and films of existential horror; a dry, minimalist filmmaker and one who made films full of song, laughter, and joy.”
Trailer: From the Other Side
Excerpt: Down There (Là-Bas)
Trailer: Chantal Akerman, From Here