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My mother laughs

My mother laughs

Akerman, Chantal, 1950-2015; Parkin, Mathew, 1987-

RECOMMENDED FOR THE LUX COLLECTION BY MATHEW PARKIN. "So I circle around it. I write around the film, around the hole, let’s say, or around the void. Because I want to go make a documentary without knowing what I’m doing. They always demand, ‘Tell us what you’re going to do.’ And all I can tell you is that I just don’t know. It’s precisely because of this lack of knowledge that there can be a film."

Book. English.
Published London: Silver Press, 2019

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Statement of responsibility: Chantal Akerman
ISBN: 0995716234, 9780995716230
Note: In 2013, the filmmaker Chantal 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. Among these imperfectly perfect fragments of writing about her life, she placed stills from her films. 'My Mother Laughs' is both the 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.
Physical Description: 200 pages
Subject: Motion picture producers and directors France Biography.; Mothers and daughters.