Les États généraux du film documentaire 2016 Special Screenings Jeanne Dielman : 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Jeanne Dielman : 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
Chantal Akerman
1975 - Belgique / France - Couleur - 201'

Jeanne Dielman, a middle-aged widow, lives in Brussels with her seventeen-year-old son. Her life is organised like a mechanical ballet of domestic gestures. Jeanne Dielman cooks, sets the table, serves her son, dines, clears the table. Jeanne Dielman goes to bed, sleeps, makes her bed, gets dressed, polishes her son’s shoes. The film is made up of loops, rolling out the same imperturbable chain of repetitive rituals, until the most unexpected event occurs, shattering the closed circuit of these little ceremonies. In the presence of Babette Mangolte.

Photography : Babette Mangolte
Sound : Françoise Van Thienen, Bénie Deswarte
Editing : Patricia Canino
Production : Paradise films, Unité Trois