The Sight & Sound Top Ten: ‘Jeanne Dielman’

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The Cosford Cinema is proud to present a screening series of the top 10 films of the 2022 Sight & Sound Top 100 Poll: The Greatest Films of All Time.

Launched in 1952 and conducted every 10 years since, the poll includes filmmakers, critics and journalists from around the world. The results are published in Sight & Sound, a monthly film magazine published by the British Film Institute.

Some screenings in the series will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local critics and scholars.

JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES | YEAR: 1975 | DIRECTOR: Chantal Akerman | 2K DCP projection | RUNNING TIME: 202 minutes | UNRATED (contains adult themes, sexual situations) | IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow, whose chores include making the beds, cooking dinner for her son, and turning the occasional trick.

In its enormous spareness, Akerman’s film seems simple, but it encompasses an entire world. Whether seen as an exacting character study or as one of cinema’s most hypnotic and complete depictions of space and time, Jeanne Dielman is an astonishing, compelling movie experiment, one that has been analyzed and argued over for decades.