Monday, January 25, 6:15 PM
Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149

Chantal Akerman’s 1982 film Toute une nuit depicts over four dozen stories taking place during a single night in Brussels. Most of the characters are unnamed, and many of the stories—situated in the nocturnal spaces of the bedroom, bar, corridor, sidewalk, and street— are unfinished. As film scholar Ivone Margulies writes, Toute une nuit meditates on “the turning points of traditional feature films—the parting, the embrace, the moment of sexual longing.” Akerman captures these moments fleetingly throughout the film, vignetting contemporary life into charged fragments. In turn, the city becomes a site for a multitude of actions: lived memories, quiet contemplations, musical interludes, and psychic potentialities between subjects.