Les Rendez-vous D'Anna (1978)

Part of the ID the films of Chantal Akerman

Director: Chantal Ackerman
Certificate: BBFC R18
Format: DVD

An itinary of hotel rooms, train stations interstitial spaces and chance meetings during which the protagonist comes home to spend a night with her mother. Another journey film a refusal to stay still, Chantal Akerman choses motion

‘Anna’s Meetings’ is a highly personal tale of a female filmmaker travelling in Europe to promote a movie.

The titular Anna lives in a bleak and sterile world – urban, grey and uniform with a stark symmetry that is utterly beautiful in its own way. The protagonist meets a man, then kicks him out. She talks to, or rather listens to, a war veteran for a while. She meets her mum in Paris. In between, she travels in taxis and on trains and spends a lot of time staring at things.

However, slowly but surely, a portrait is created and this is the films genius. We realise that we are experiencing Anna’s emptiness too, and we might even realise that our own lives are full of bleak, unfulfilling encounters and endless drudgery. Yes, even filmmakers!

In ‘Rendez-Vous D’Anna’, it is the characters she meets that make the film so watchable. Anna takes a back seat and allows the other performers to hold forth on their passions and beliefs, in much the same way a documentary filmmaker has to take a step back and allow the subject room to express themselves.

This is a film about emotion and expression of the sort you only see in everyday life, and Chantal Akerman has captured it beautifully.

Other films in the ID the films of Chantal Akerman :


Film: Je Tu Il Elle (1974)

17 Mar 2011, 7:30 p.m.

Sexually frank, cooly passionate, Chantal Ackerman's extraordinary first feature, in which she plays herself exploring lines of flight. A room with powered sugar, the cab of a truck, the flat of a rejecting lover. Minimal in style, maximal in impact.


Film: Jean Dielman 23 Quai De Commerce 1080 Brussels (1975)

20 Mar 2011, 7:30 p.m.

At the core this film lies the performance of Delphine Seyrig (Last year in Marienbad), whose command of gesture and timing make this observation of bourgoise life a choreographed nightmare. A film that is awesome for the steel tipped certainty with which Chantal Akerman imbues her material.


Film: Toute Une Nuit - Due To A Last Minute Problem, This Film Will Be Replaced By Another Film From Akerman: News From Home (1982)

27 Mar 2011, 7:30 p.m.

Toute Une Nuit screening will be replaced by another film from the same period by Chantal Akerman due to last minute unavailablity of the requested film. The new film will be NEWS FROM HOME (1976)