City, Essay, Film: News from Home
10 June 2019, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
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
- Sold out
Curzon BloomsburyThe Brunswick CentreLondonWC1N 1AW
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