No Home Movie

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Copies of My Mother Laughs by Chantal Akerman, translated by Corina Copp, will be available for purchase at concessions! Copp will introduce the screening of NO HOME MOVIE on Tue Jul 9 with a reading from the book, published by The Song Cave.

The final film from groundbreaking auteur Chantal Akerman, NO HOME MOVIE is a portrait of her relationship with her mother, Natalia, a Holocaust survivor and familiar presence in many of her daughter’s films.

“At the center of Chantal Akerman’s enormous body of work is her mother, a Holocaust survivor who married and raised a family in Brussels. In recent years, the filmmaker has explicitly depicted, in videos, books, and installation works, her mother’s life and their own intense connection to each other. NO HOME MOVIE is a portrait by Akerman, the daughter, of Akerman, the mother, in the last years of her life. It is an extremely intimate film but also one of great formal precision and beauty, one of the rare works of art that is both personal and universal, and as much a masterpiece as her 1975 career-defining Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles.”— New York Film Festival

Official selection: New York Film Festival; Toronto Int’l Film Festival; AFI Fest; Locarno Film Festival

A note on My Mother Laughs and translator Corina Copp:
“In this unforgettable and moving memoir, the last book written before her death, the legendary film director Chantal Akerman (1950-2015) blends her matter-of-fact writing style with family photographs and stills from her own films in order to better describe and speak toward the most tender of human elements: her family, her lovers, and, most urgently, the deterioration of her mother’s health along with her own mental health.” (The Song Cave, publisher)

CORINA COPP has translated two works by the filmmaker Chantal Akerman: a memoir, 
My Mother Laughs (The Song Cave, 2019), and the play, Night Lobby (e-flux, forthcoming). She is also the author of the poetry collection, The Green Ray (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), and the play, The Whole Tragedy of the Inability to Love. Recent writing can be found in America: Films From Elsewhere (Shoestring Press, 2019), frieze, Millennium Film Journal, Film Quarterly, Hyperallergic, BOMB, and elsewhere. She lives in New York and Los Angeles, where she is pursuing a doctorate at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Photo courtesy of Icarus Films.

  • Country Belgium/France
  • Language In French with English subtitles.
  • Year 2015
  • Running Time 115 minutes
  • Distributor Icarus Films
  • Director Chantal Akerman
  • Writer Chantal Akerman
  • Editor Claire Atherton
  • Cast Natalia Akerman, Sylvaine Akerman, Chantal Akerman

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