Special Weekend

Homage to Chantal Akerman

Friday & Saturday, March 6 & 7, 2020

FIAF celebrates the rich legacy of iconic Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman (1950-2015) known for several cinematic masterpieces and her substantial influence on feminist filmmaking. This exceptional homage will screen several of the auteur’s films including the hypnotic Almayer’s Folly starring Stanislas Merhar, offer a panel discussion led by film critic Nicholas Elliott, and culminate with Chantal?, a not-to-be-missed performance by her former partner, cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton. The program was conceived in collaboration with French journalist Laure Adler.

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Fri, 7pm — Film + Q&A — Almayer’s Folly
Sat, 1pm — Film — From Other Side
Sat, 3:15pm — Film — Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman
Sat, 4:30pm — Panel — Chantal Akerman’s Legacy
Sat, 7pm — Performance + Q&A — Chantal?

Film + Q&A

Almayer’s Folly

La folie Almayer

Friday, March 6, 2020

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Post-Screening Q&A: Actor Stanislas Merhar in conversation with film critic Nicholas Elliott

Based on Joseph Conrad’s first novel, Chantal Akerman updates the story of a Dutch trader living in Malaysia from the 1890s to the 1950s, giving new relevance to this tale of cultural conflict, desire, and despair.


From the Other Side

De l’autre côté

Saturday, March 7, 2020

FIAF Tinker Auditorium

Directed by Chantal Akerman, this examination of the treacherous border between the United States and Mexico, and the immigrant attempting to cross it, foreshadows our current times.


Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman

Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman

Saturday, March 7, 2020

FIAF Tinker Auditorium

An utterly original self-portrait of an artist, this film allows us to dive into Chantal Akerman’s work and take stock of her immense talent. The film will be preceded by the short But elsewhere is always better, directed by Vivian Ostrovsky.

Panel Discussion

Chantal Akerman’s Legacy

Moderated by film critic Nicholas Elliott

Saturday, March 7, 2020

FIAF Tinker Auditorium


Post-Talk Toast at 6pm

The discussion will delve into the themes and subjects that infused Chantal Akerman’s films, her process, and the wide-ranging inspirations that contributed to her rich and eclectic body of work.

Performance + Q&A


Featuring cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton

Saturday, March 7, 2020

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Post-Show Q&A: Sonia Wieder-Atherton and actor Stanislas Merhar in conversation with film critic Nicholas Elliott

Melding live music with Chantal Akerman’s words and one of her short films, cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton creates a touching ode to her long-time collaborator and companion.