Chantal Akerman is widely acclaimed as one of the most
original and important directors working in Europe today.
A towering figure in women's and feminist film-making, she has
produced a diverse and intensely personal body of work ranging from
minimalist portraits of the everyday to exuberant romantic
comedies, and from documentaries and musicals to installation art.
This book traces the director's career at the crossroads between
experimental and mainstream cinema, contextualizing her work within
the American avant-garde of the 1970s, European anti-naturalism,
feminism and the post-modern aesthetics.
While offering an in-depth analysis of her multi-faceted film
style, it also stresses the social and ethical dimension of her
work, especially as regards her representation of marginal groups
and her exploration of exilic and diasporic identities. Particular
attention is given to the inscription of the Holocaust and of
Jewish memory in her films.