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1977 / 85min / DCP

DIRECTOR: CHANTAL AKERMAN

Akerman was twenty-six years old and living in New York City, away from her native Belgium and her mother, when she teamed with DP Babette Mangolte to film this diary/essay/poem in subway stations and on street corners, their images to eventually be paired with Akerman’s recitals of her mother’s fretful letters. Arguably this extraordinary filmmaker’s most perfect and poignant non-fiction work, both one of the greatest portraits of a city ever put on film and a troubling, touching depiction of maternal love.

Screens as a part of Late Nites at Metrograph.