Published by The Song Cave. By Chantal Akerman. Translated by Corina Copp.
First published in France in 2013, My Mother Laughs is the final book written by the legendary and beloved Belgian artist and director Chantal Akerman (1950–2015) before her death. A moving and unforgettable memoir, the book delves deeply into one of the central themes and focuses of Akerman’s often autobiographical films: her mother, who was the direct subject of her final film No Home Movie (2015).
With a particular focus on the difficulties Akerman faced in conjunction with the end of her mother’s life, the book combines a matter-of-fact writing style with family photographs and stills from her own films in order to better convey the totality of her experience. Akerman writes: "With pride because I finally believed in my ability to say something that I’d had trouble saying. I told myself, I am strong for once, I speak. I tell the truth."
Chantal Akerman (1950–2015) was a Belgian film director, screenwriter, artist and professor. She is best known for her film Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), which was dubbed a "masterpiece" by the New York Times. During her 42 years of active filmmaking, Akerman's influence on queer, feminist and avant-garde cinema remains unmatched, her films highlighting a near-physical passage of time. Akerman's films have been shown at the Venice Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, among many others.
PUBLISHER The Song Cave
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 5.5 x 7.5 in. / 175 pgs / 22 color / 7 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 6/18/2019 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2019 p. 97
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780998829081TRADE List Price: $20.00 CDN $29.95
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Published by Ludion. Edited by Anders Kreuger. Introduction by Dieter Roelstraete. Text by Giuliana Bruno, Tim Griffin, Vivian Sky Rehberg, Steven Jacobs. Interview by Elisabeth Lebovici.
This retrospective monograph documents the career of director Chantal Akerman (born 1950), who made her breakthrough in 1975 with Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, a film about the everyday activities of a housewife. Her work since then has continued to investigate ideas of biography, gender, identity and memory.
Published by Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the Univeristy of Houston. Edited by Terrie Sultan. Preface and Acknowledgments by Paul Ha, Jane Farver, Rina Carvajal, Terrie Sultan. Texts by Claudia Schmuckli, William Arning, Klaus Ottmann, Rina Carvajal, Terrie Sultan.
Since 1968, Brussels-born, Paris-based Chantal Akerman has produced over 50 film and video works, in the genres of documentary and French New Wave-inspired fictional narrative. She is one of the foremost auteur-directors working today, yet she has never had a solo museum exhibition in the United States, nor has there been significant scholarly inquiry into her body of work. Her early experiments with Structuralist, Marxist and Feminist filmmaking have expanded what is possible in film today. Asserting Akerman's contribution to the genre, this volume introduces her work to those who have not had a chance to see it firsthand. With interpretive and anecdotal commentary on Akerman's oeuvre, the documentary films covered here have not been explored elsewhere.