FROM THE EAST
DIRECTOR: CHANTAL AKERMAN
CAST: NATALIA CHAKHOVSKAIA
With the fall of the Soviet Union still fresh in memory, Akerman set off to travel through Western Europe then onward to a snowbound Moscow, camera in hand. The result is a record of that journey, none the less articulate for its absence of spoken commentary, taking in travelers, landscapes both rural and urban, and a chain of train stations and bus depots. Far from imagining the End of History following the obsolescence of Communism, Akerman seems to clearly descry a hard, new world ahead—and the last quarter century has proven her nothing if not prophetic.
Print courtesy of Institut Français, thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York.
Screening in the series Icarus Films at 40.