Les rendez-vous d’Anna
In one of Akerman’s most penetrating character studies, Anna, an accomplished filmmaker (played by Aurore Clément), makes her way through a series of European cities to promote her latest movie. Via a succession of eerie, exquisitely shot, brief encounters—with men and women, family and strangers—we come to see her emotional and physical detachment from the world.
“The impression of Akerman as a perpetual wanderer is confirmed by the autobiographical Les Rendez-vous D’Anna, which follows a filmmaker (Aurore Clément) from one European city to the next on a tour in support of her latest effort. It’s like the anti-8 1/2: Rather than the vibrant, chaotic “carnival of life” that besets Marcello Mastroianni in Federico Fellini’s film, Akerman’s director drifts through a succession of hotel rooms and train depots in a state of total detachment. As Michael Koresky writes in the liner notes, Rendez-vous speaks to her experience as “director as nomad”; that personal touch is what elevates these films to something greater than chilly aesthetic exercises.” – Scott Tobias, AV Club
“Les Rendez-vous d’Anna seems today in retrospect a very worthy successor, continuing Akerman’s exploration and articulation of the feminine experience in a generation younger than Dielman‘s housewife approaching middle age, though in a film more concise and less overtly demanding due to a greater variety of interpersonal situations” – David Blakeslee, Criterioncast
- 3/25 | 7:00PM