The Museum of Fine Arts Boston presents The Films of Chantal Akerman: Je Tu Il Elle (1974, 90min.)

May 24, 2008
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Many screens installed on podiums in a darkened gallery.

Installation view of Akerman’s earliest museum installation, D’Est, which retraces a journey from the end of summer to deepest winter, from East Germany through the Baltics to Moscow in a series of inter-related images. In her minimalist style, the Akerman captures the transitions in a procession of imagery.

The MIT List Visual Arts Center is pleased to announce this film program presented by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in conjunction with the List’s exhibition Chantal Akerman: Moving through Time and Space.

Screening takes place at the MFA.

Je Tu Il Elle (1974, 90 min.). A film that quietly, slowly observes one woman in three parts, film critic B. Ruby Rich describes Je tu il elle as a “cinematic Rosetta Stone of female sexuality.” We first encounter the woman alone in an empty room as she discusses moving the furniture, eats sugar from a brown paper bag, and writes long letters that will eventually be strewn on the floor.  The second section accompanies the woman on a spontaneous and erotic ride with a trucker that has picked her up.  By the time we arrive at the third section, the woman is hungry and asks a woman she is visiting for a sandwich before making love to her.  A film that beautifully challenges conventions of both cinema and autobiography. “One of the most stirring and erotic lovemaking scenes in the history of cinema. I left the theater walking on air.” - Bo Smith.