Toute une nuit

West Coast Premiere of the 4K Restoration

Saturday, April 6
2220 Arts + Archives

Director: Chantal Akerman

Belgium, 1982, 90 minutes, DCP

A group of strangers have chance encounters over the course of a summer night in Brussels.

An enchanting, richly textured mosaic of fleeting romantic encounters, Chantal Akerman’s masterpiece is one of her most beautiful and original films. Set over the course of a long summer night in Brussels, numerous characters (played by both professional and non-professional actors, including Aurore Clément and Tchéky Karyo) experience various forms of seduction, repetition and rejection, as a succession of pop hits play faintly on the radio in the background. Akerman’s poetic lyricism — aided by roving, graceful camerawork by Caroline Champetier — gives the sum total of episodes the feel of a musical. In evoking romantic longing and isolation, per Akerman herself, Toute une nuit is a film that “makes you want to go out…and live strongly (vivre fort).”

A Janus Films release

In French with English subtitles

4K digital restoration by CINEMATEK—The Royal Belgian Film Archive & Fondation Chantal Akerman, under the supervision of cinematographer Caroline Champetier, with the support of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and the Brussels-Capital Region.

Official Selection: Locarno Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, San Sebastian International Film Festival, New York Film Festival

Starring: Aurore Clément, Tchéky Karyo, Angelo Abazoglou

Producer: Marilyn Watelet