UCL Urban Laboratory


City, Essay, Film: News from Home

10 June 2019, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm

Still from News from Home by Chantal Akerman, courtesy of Koninklijk Belgisch Filmarchief - Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique

Urban Lab Films screen Chantal Akerman’s unforgettable time capsule of New York City in the 1970s, as part of the City, Essay, Film series

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Bertha DocHouse


Curzon Bloomsbury
The Brunswick Centre

City, Essay, Film is a series of events hosted by UCL Urban Laboratory to examine the concept and practice of the ‘urban essay film’. Urban Lab Films will host a series of screenings with Bertha DocHouse throughout June and July, curated by David Anderson and Jordan Rowe.

This screening takes us through a meditation on urban alienation and personal and familial disconnection, in Chantal Akerman’s News from Home, with an introduction and screening notes by Moselle Kleiner (Courtauld Institute of Art).

News from Home (dir. Chantal Akerman, 1977, 88 mins)

Exploring the relationship between mother and daughter, Akerman recites messages sent received from her mother during a two-year sojourn in New York as images of the city unfurl in dry but mesmeric montage. A deeply moving film – an archive of memories not only personal, but architectural.

Part of the City, Essay, Film series.

Image: Still from News from Home. Coutesy of Koninklijk Belgisch Filmarchief - Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique


£10 concession tickets or £6 student tickets available with a free Curzon Student membership: see curzoncinemas.com/loyalty/member