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Presented in collaboration with Cinema Studies at RMIT.

Jeanne Dielman at the Capitol

A screening of Chantal Akerman’s 1975 masterpiece, ‘Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles’.   

Every decade the BFI’s Site and Sound magazine conducts a poll to determine the greatest films of all time, bringing together film critics, programmers, curators, archivists and academics from around the globe since 1952. Last year, RMIT’s own Adrian Danks, Jessica Balanzategui and Alexia Kannas participated in the poll and this year we’ll be showcasing some of the top 100 films for the first time in our new series, The Best Films You’ve Never Seen.

We are thrilled to announce a one-off screening of Chantal Akerman’s 1975 masterpiece, ‘Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles’.  The first female directed film ranked #1 on the Sight and Sound poll in its 70-year history and with a special introduction on the evening by acclaimed film critic Cerise Howard this event is not to be missed.  Transfix yourself within the routine and rupture of Jeanne Dielman’s day to day. 

‘Jeanne Dielman’ (1975) tells the story of a single mother who works as a sex-worker in her small apartment in Brussels. The film is notable for its slow pacing and attention to the mundane details of Jeanne’s daily routine, all leading to a mighty and eventful ending.   

Click here to read an introduction by Cerise Howard – RMIT Media and Communication studio leader and and co-curator of the Melbourne Cinémathèque.

The screening is presented as part of RMIT Culture’s Best Films You’ve Never Seen Series, a collaboration between RMIT Culture and RMIT Cinema Studies.   

Image Credit: Collections CINEMATEK – © Fondation Chantal Akerman