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My Mother Laughs by Chantal Akerman: Daniella Shreir and Nicole Flattery

30th September 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Chantal Akerman’s body of work explores dislocation, in-betweenness and fluidity. Her writing, like her life and work, resists easy categorisation. My Mother Laughs places stills from her films among imperfectly perfect fragments of writing to create a distillation of the themes Akerman pursued throughout her creative life, and a version of the simplest and most complicated love story of all: that between a mother and a daughter.

In 2013, Akerman’s mother was dying. She flew back from New York to care for her, and between dressing her, feeding her and putting her to bed, she wrote. She wrote about her childhood, the escape her mother made from Auschwitz but didn’t talk about, the difficulty of loving her girlfriend, C., her fear of what she would do when her mother did die.

To celebrate the publication of My Mother Laughs, Akerman’s last book before her death in 2015, by Silver Press, join translator Daniella Shreir in conversation with Nicole Flattery about Chantal Akerman’s life and work, her Jewish identity and her place in relation to the queer arts of cinema and translation.


30th September 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm