Chicago European Union Film Festival: JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES


THEATER 1 Sat, Mar 2 6:15 PM
Film Info
Release Year:1976
Production Country:Belgium
Original Language:French
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Chantal Akerman
Cast:Delphine Seyrig
Jacques Doniol-Valcroze
Yves Bical
Screenwriter:Chantal Akerman


In Chantal Akerman’s hypnotic and methodical JEANNE DIELMAN, the daily routine and chores of a middle-aged woman are studied. Named the greatest film of all time by Sight and Sound in 2022, and recognized as a singular and astonishing masterpiece, Akerman’s film seems simple, but it encompasses an entire world. Its Chicago premiere was held at the Film Center on November 19, 1976, with Akerman in attendance. In an interview with then Film Center curator B. Ruby Rich, Akerman reacted to the early positive responses to the film, saying, “You know, when you make it, you just make it. After it was finished, when I saw the complete film, I said: ‘Oh my god, people will not be willing to stay!’ Because it is very difficult for me to imagine what they are waiting to see in a film in a commercial theater.” Get your tickets in advance, Akerman devotees: people are indeed willing to stay, and JEANNE DIELMAN always sells out.