Film Screening Angela Schanelec: Lovely Yellow Colour & Chantal Akerman: News From Home

Schanelec, Schöne Gelbe Farbe Still: Schöne Gelbe Farbe, Director Angela Schanelec

Mon, 24.09.2018

7:00 PM

Goethe-Institut London

Angela Schanelec: Schöne Gelbe Farbe [Lovely Yellow Colour]
Made during Schanelec’s student days at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin, this experimental short shows an empty flat while we listen to actions and emotions that are supposed to have taken place in it. The story of feeling ill at ease with a roommate was written by Schanelec and shot in tender 16mm, sparking off a fascinating dialogue between image and sound as well as past and present. The film captures traces and ghosts until suddenly merging with the present and the eponymous colour yellow.
Germany 1991, colour, 16mm, 5 min, German with English subtitles. Directed by Angela Schanelec. Print Source: Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum for Film and Television, Berlin.

Chantal Akerman: News From Home

One of the most exigent cinematic documents of loneliness, this meeting of letters and images shows 1970s New York as rarely seen before. The letters Akerman reads out were written by her mother. They act as distant voices from Brussels while images of New York tell of an unending feeling of foreignness. This is one of Akerman’s many “no home movies”. Constantly looking through the eyes of a foreigner provokes a deeply moving emptiness. Though sound and image are autonomous, each word deforms what we see, and each look transforms what we hear.
France / Belgium 1977, colour, DCP (16mm), 88mins. In English.
Directed by Chantal Akerman. Print Source. Cinématèque royale de Belgique, Brussels.

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