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Women Make Film

2 September — 21 October 2021

still from The Piano (Jane Campion, AU/NZ/FR, 1992)
still from The Piano (Jane Campion, AU/NZ/FR, 1992)

Now that film is 125 years old and more and more young female filmmakers are coming forward, it is time to revise film history.

This Summer in Eye: an alternate version of film history, with women in the starring role. Female filmmakers played an important role from the early days of cinema; they operated cameras, directed and also worked as producers. We shine the spotlight on a new canon, with work by Ida Lupino, Věra Chytilová and Mira Nair, and special attention for the films of Chantal Akerman.

still from De stilte rond Christine M. (Marleen Gorris, NL 1982)
still from De stilte rond Christine M. (Marleen Gorris, NL 1982)
still from Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair, IN 2001)
still from Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair, IN 2001)
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trailer Women Make Film (Mark Cousins, GB 2019)
still from The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Lotte Reiniger, DE 1926)
still from The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Lotte Reiniger, DE 1926)

Female filmmakers played an important part in the development of the film. Their names have long remained unknown, but Mary Pickford, Florence Lawrence and Alice Guy-Blaché were pioneers, running their own studios, developing their own screenplays and contributing to what would later be called the film industry.

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Worldwide, there is increased attention for the role of women in cinema. In 2019, BBC Culture presented “The 100 Greatest Films Directed by Women,” and Mark Cousins, known for his series The Story of Film, recently completed Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema.

still from American Honey (Andrea Arnold, GB/US 2016)
still from American Honey (Andrea Arnold, GB/US 2016)
still from Daisies (Sedmikrásky) (Věra Chytilová, CS 1966)
still from Daisies (Sedmikrásky) (Věra Chytilová, CS 1966)

Reason enough for an extensive summer programme with women in the lead. Eye brings together 25 films by top female directors, including work by Czech new wave director Věra Chytilová, Jane Campion and Paula van der Oest. There are also films by Indian director Mira Nair, Sabiha Sumar from Pakistan and Iranian-American filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour.

still from A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Ana Lily Amirpour, US 2014)
still from A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Ana Lily Amirpour, US 2014)
campaign image Chantal Akerman - Passages, still from Hotel Monterey
campaign image Chantal Akerman - Passages, still from Hotel Monterey

Focus Chantal Akerman

Special attention will be paid to the films of Chantal Akerman, who is the subject of Eye's summer exhibition. Almost her complete oeuvre will be screened as part of Focus Chantal Akerman, from Je, tu, il, elle (1974) and News from Home (1977) to Toute une nuit (1980) and La captive (2000). Eye Filmmuseum will also be redistributing Jeanne Dielmann, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) and Les rendez-vous d’Anna (1978) nationally.

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Cinema Stadsleven

During a special edition of Cinema Stadsleven, journalist and presenter Tracy Met received a number of guests. You can watch the registration below.

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