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News from Home

Describing the inspiration for News from Home, Chantal Akerman explained how, flying into New York City, she was struck by the contrast between the immensity of the city and the detailed intimacy of her mother’s letters sent from Belgium. Beautifully filmed by Babette Mangolte, New York, imposing and anonymous, serves as the visual counterpoint to Akerman’s reading of her mother’s words. Occasionally overwhelmed by urban clamor, her persevering plaint evokes presence and absence, distance and proximity, and how it feels to hover in between. For Akerman, “It’s a film about being off-center . . . it’s like a hold that is slipping.”

Kate MacKay
  • Babette Mangolte
  • English
  • narration
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 90 mins
  • Janus Films

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Chantal Akerman: the integrity of exile and the everyday (article), LOLA Press, Jonathan Rosenbaum, 2012

A letter (article), LOLA Press, Dana Linssen, 2012

My baby, she wrote me a letter (article), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 1989

News from home and Hotel monterey (article), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 1989

Chantal Akerman - making strange (article), National Film Theatre (London, England), 1981

News from home (program note), 1979

Chantal Akerman retrospective (program), Edinburgh Film Festival, 1979

Jean-Luc, Chantal, Danièle, Jean-Marie, and the others (article), American Film, Jonathan Rosenbaum, 1979

News from home (article), Film Français, Françoise Maupin, 1977

News from home (program note), Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, 1977

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Preceded By

Measures of Distance

Mona Hatoum, United Kingdom, 1988

Letters sent to the artist in Britain from her mother in Beirut speak of exile and displacement.

  • English
  • Arabic
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital
  • 16 mins