Artists on Camera,
Program 3: In Dialogue

Director: Chantal Akerman / Moyra Davey
France/Belgium / USA / 1989/2016 / TRT: 98 min
One Day Pina Asked... in French with English subtitles

Q&A with writer/translator Corina Copp and filmmaker Moyra Davey

Last streamed on Mon, Aug 2

What does it mean for artists’ works to be seen in dialogue with each other? With this double feature, Moyra Davey communes with Chantal Akerman, who in turn observes Pina Bausch and her dancers. “I am officially derailed by Chantal Akerman,” Davey says at one point in her film. Maybe then this exchange is a creative way to deviate from the previous course? To come off the tracks, fall into the river.

Program Includes:
One Day Pina Asked… (Chantal Akerman, France/Belgium, 1989, 57 min) An encounter between two of the most remarkable women artists of the 20th century, One Day Pina Asked… is Chantal Akerman’s look at the work of choreographer Pina Bausch and her dance company based in Wuppertal, Germany.
Hemlock Forest (Moyra Davey, USA, 2016, 41 min) Moyra Davey’s video work begins as she searches for a definitive filmic subject while reflecting on the value of a life lived versus a life recorded. At the same time, she examines her own artistic strategies alongside the work of the influential Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman.

Presented by Soft Network. Co-programmed by Jason Evans with Soft Network. Photos, top to bottom: Hemlock Forest and One Day Pina Asked… x 2.

Corina Copp has translated two texts by Chantal Akerman, My Mother Laughs (2019) and the play Night Lobby (forthcoming). She is the author of the poetry collection The Green Ray (2015) and The Whole Tragedy of the Inability to Love, a play in installments. Her writing on film, art, and language matters can be found in America: Films from Elsewhere (2019), Millennium Film JournalFriezeFilm QuarterlyBOMB, and other publications. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.