Chantal Akerman, 4x 2', 1967, Belgium

These four short films were made by Chantal Akerman in the summer of 1967, in standard 8mm format, in black and white and without sound, as part of her entrance exams to the Institut Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle (INSAS) in Brussels, where she was admitted in 1967, and where she stayed for only a few months before abandoning her studies.

Chantal Akerman filmed La Foire de Midi in Brussels, which takes place every summer in the southern districts of the city, as well as the courtyard of the Hôtel de Clèves-Ravenstein, where by chance, 50 years later, the Chantal Akerman Foundation was created. On the Belgian coast, Marilyn Watelet — her childhood friend with whom she founded the production company Paradise Films in the 1970s — and her own mother Natalia Akerman, are the protagonists of a short fiction in two parts that takes place in the shops of the seaside resort.



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