Chantal Akerman – J’ai faim, j’ai froid AKA I’m Hungry, I’m Cold (1984)

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Chantal Akerman was 15 years old when she saw the film Pierrot le Fou by Jean-Luc Godard. According to Akerman, who was born in Belgium in 1950, this was the impulse that motivated her to be a filmmaker. Akerman attended the Film Academy in Brussels for four months, but says that she found no inspiration there whatsoever. At the age of 18 she shot the short film Saute Ma Ville and made her first mark in the annals of film history with an explosive master piece that continues to be shown at film schools and is regarded today as one of the central short films of the 20th century.

Since then Akerman has brought forth more than 40 documentary, experimental and narrative short and long films, including La Chambre (1970), yet another milestone of short film history. Not until three years later would Akerman, who presently resides in Paris, shoot her first feature film, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, establishing herself as one of the preeminent contemporary makers of auteur films. Furthermore she created widely appreciated short films such as J’ai faim j’ai froid (1984), as well as “long” audience hits like Un divan à New York (1996) with Juliette Binoche, or La Captive (2000).

Two teenage girls run away from Brussles in the direction of Paris (incidentally a path that Akerman also took) and realise that things don’t turn out as simply as they imagined – amongst other things they are – as the title suggests – cold, and hungry.

This short film is a kind of anthology ‘Paris vu par… vingt ans après‘ comprised of six vignettes made by different Noveau Vague filmmakers. Each short film centers on a different aspect of Parisian life.

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