Film Series Winter/Spring 2016
Monday, February 8, 2016 @ 6:15 PM
Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149

 

 

Je, Tu, Il, Elle (I, You, He, She), 1974 (released 1976)
With Chantal Akerman, Niels Arestrup and Claire Wauthion
86 minutes

J’ai Faim, J’ai Froid (I am Hungry, I am Cold), 1984
With Maria de Medeiros and Pascale Salkin
12 minutes

The two films engage elements of the filmmaker’s own life. She performs the lead role in her first feature film in 1974 when she was 24 years old. The second film she shot when she was 34 years old in order to recapture what it was to be 17.

Je tu il elle: “For more than a month, eating only powered sugar, a woman tries to deal with a breakup: she paints her room twice, removes the furniture, writes and rewrites a letter to her lover, clarifying all she had said. She spreads the pages on the floor. She lies down and waits. Finally, her sugar eaten, she is hungry and leaves. She flags down a truck; she and the trucker drive through the dark, stopping at a diner and bars. He asks for a hand job, she complies. He talks about his wife, children, and sex life. She arrives at the flat of her lover, a woman, who tells her she cannot stay. She says she is hungry, so her lover feeds her then allows her to stay the night. They make love.” (imdb.com)