Women Make Film
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Women Make Film

a retelling of the history of film, with women in the starring role

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.

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.

  • Daisies (Sedmikrásky) (Věra Chytilová, 1966)

  • The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993)

  • Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair, 2001)

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman, 1975)

  • De stilte rond Christine M. (Marleen Gorris, 1982)

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.

Eye Filmmuseum will also be redistributing digitally restored classics: Jane Campion’s The Piano (1993) as well as Jeanne Dielmann, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) and Les rendez-vous d’Anna (1978) by Chantal Akerman.

Mark Cousins' series will be screened as a prepremiere in five episodes (English spoken, no subtitles).

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Agenda

Wednesday, 8 Jul 2020

  • 17:45
    8 Jul 2020
    Ratcatcher
    film

    Ratcatcher

    Lynne Ramsay, GB/FR 1999

    Glasgow, mid-1970s: James meets fourteen-year-old Margaret Anne, like him raised in one of the city’s...

  • 20:00
    8 Jul 2020
    Woman Make Film
    special

    Women Make Film: A New Road Movie through Cinema

    Mark Cousins, GB 2018

    A vertiginous trip through the history of cinema as seen through the eyes of the greatest of female...

    part 3

Thursday, 9 Jul 2020

Friday, 10 Jul 2020

  • 13:30
    10 Jul 2020
    Les rendez-vous d'Anna
    film

    Les rendez-vous d'Anna

    Chantal Akerman, FR/BE/DE 1978

    A nomadic filmmaker (and Akerman alter ego) is travelling through Europe to promote her new film. One...

  • 16:30
    10 Jul 2020
    film

    Tonio

    Paula van der Oest, NL 2016

    Paula van der Oest’s film adaptation of A.F.Th. van der Heijden’s novel of the same name, starring...

  • 21:45
    10 Jul 2020
    The Night Porter
    film

    The Night Porter (4K)

    Liliana Cavani, IT 1973

    Liliana Cavani is one of the few female directors in Italian cinema to have made a name for herself...

Saturday, 11 Jul 2020

  • 10:30
    11 Jul 2020
    Les rendez-vous d'Anna
    film

    Les rendez-vous d'Anna

    Chantal Akerman, FR/BE/DE 1978

    A nomadic filmmaker (and Akerman alter ego) is travelling through Europe to promote her new film. One...

  • 19:15
    11 Jul 2020
    Orlando
    film

    Orlando

    Sally Potter, GB/NL/IT/FR/RU 1992

    Director Sally Potter made a masterly and enchanting film adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s titular novel...

Sunday, 12 Jul 2020

  • 19:00
    12 Jul 2020
    We Were Young
    film

    We Were Young

    Binka Zhelyazkova, BG 1961

    Binka Zhelyazkova, the first female director in Bulgarian cinema, caught the eye of the world...

Monday, 13 Jul 2020

  • 19:00
    13 Jul 2020
    Les silences du palais
    film

    Les silences du palais

    Moufida Tlatli, FR 1994

    The unhappy Alia returns to the princely palace where she grew up as a servant’s daughter. As she...

Tuesday, 14 Jul 2020

  • 19:15
    14 Jul 2020
    L.A. Tea Time
    film

    L.A. Tea Time

    Sophie Bédard Marcotte, CA 2019

    What do you do as a young female filmmaker in Quebec if you’re not sure what direction to take? You go...

    with introduction by art historian Marian Cousijn (in English)

Wednesday, 15 Jul 2020

Thursday, 16 Jul 2020

  • 16:00
    16 Jul 2020
    Toute une nuit
    film

    Toute une nuit

    Chantal Akerman, BE 1982

    Akermans own midsummer night's sex comedy. Toute une nuit sees Akerman employing her...

Friday, 17 Jul 2020

  • 11:00
    17 Jul 2020
    La camarista
    film

    La camarista

    Lila Avilés, MX 2018

    The camera follows the life of Eve, one of the chambermaids at the luxury Hotel Presidente...

  • 19:15
    17 Jul 2020
    35 rhums
    film

    35 rhums

    Claire Denis, FR 2008

    Why talk when looks or gestures speak louder than words? Claire Denis paints an intimate and moving...

Saturday, 18 Jul 2020

  • 21:45
    18 Jul 2020
    The Night Porter
    film

    The Night Porter (4K)

    Liliana Cavani, IT 1973

    Liliana Cavani is one of the few female directors in Italian cinema to have made a name for herself...

Sunday, 19 Jul 2020

  • 21:00
    19 Jul 2020
    The Piano
    film

    The Piano

    Jane Campion, AU/NZ/FR 1992

    Bold power play and sexual awakening in 19th-century New Zealand. A woman takes control of her own...

    with introduction by film journalist Nico van den Berg (in Dutch)

Monday, 20 Jul 2020

  • 19:00
    20 Jul 2020
    Adoption
    film

    Restored & Unseen: Adoption

    Márta Mészáros, HU 1975

    In 1975 the Hungarian filmmaker Márta Mészáros was the first female director to win the Golden Bear at...

Tuesday, 21 Jul 2020

Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020

Thursday, 23 Jul 2020

  • 19:00
    23 Jul 2020
    Chantal Akerman Passages
    film

    D'Est

    Chantal Akerman, FR/BE 1993

    Akerman's masterful, meandering travelogue documents the filmmaker's long trip through "the East,"...

Saturday, 25 Jul 2020

Sunday, 26 Jul 2020

  • 19:00
    26 Jul 2020
    I cannibali
    film

    I cannibali

    Liliana Cavani, IT 1970

    Four years before The Night Porter, Liliana Cavani made an original adaptation of Sophocles’...

Monday, 27 Jul 2020

Tuesday, 28 Jul 2020

  • 19:15
    28 Jul 2020
    Chantal Akerman Passages
    lecture

    My Life With Chantal

    lecture, NL 2020

    Lecture by Eric de Kuyper, filmmaker, author and former deputy director of the Filmmuseum. He talks...

  • 21:00
    28 Jul 2020
    Demain on déménage
    film

    Demain on déménage

    Chantal Akerman, FR 2004

    Largely confined to a cramped Brussels duplex, Akerman's stylized musical comedy stars Sylvie Testud...

Wednesday, 29 Jul 2020

Friday, 31 Jul 2020

  • 11:00
    31 Jul 2020
    The Cave of the Yellow Dog
    film

    The Cave of the Yellow Dog

    Byambasuren Davaa, MN 2005

    After her earlier acclaimed docudrama The Story of the Weeping Camel, director Byambasuren...

  • 19:15
    31 Jul 2020
    Sedmikrásky (Madeliefjes)
    film

    Sedmikrásky (Daisies)

    Věra Chytilová, CS 1966

    A playful classic about two bored young girls who decide to shake things up a bit. The refreshingly...

Saturday, 1 Aug 2020

Monday, 3 Aug 2020

  • 14:00
    3 Aug 2020
    Les rendez-vous d'Anna
    film

    Les rendez-vous d'Anna

    Chantal Akerman, FR/BE/DE 1978

    A nomadic filmmaker (and Akerman alter ego) is travelling through Europe to promote her new film. One...

  • 21:15
    3 Aug 2020
    Fat Girl
    film

    Fat Girl

    Catherine Breillat, FR 2001

    One is a born flirt, the other is overweight but smart. Catherine Breillat paints a perceptive...

Tuesday, 4 Aug 2020

  • 19:15
    4 Aug 2020
    Sud
    film

    Sud

    Chantal Akerman, BE/FR 1999

    Akerman's searing documentary about systemic racist violence in the American South is, sadly, as...

Friday, 7 Aug 2020

  • 14:00
    7 Aug 2020
    Demain on déménage
    film

    Demain on déménage

    Chantal Akerman, FR 2004

    Largely confined to a cramped Brussels duplex, Akerman's stylized musical comedy stars Sylvie Testud...

  • 19:15
    7 Aug 2020
    Monsoon Wedding
    film

    Monsoon Wedding

    Mira Nair, DE 2001

    Having to marry someone chosen by your parents rather than someone of your own choice? It’s no reason...

Saturday, 8 Aug 2020

  • 19:15
    8 Aug 2020
    La camarista
    film

    La camarista

    Lila Avilés, MX 2018

    The camera follows the life of Eve, one of the chambermaids at the luxury Hotel Presidente...

Sunday, 9 Aug 2020

  • 19:00
    9 Aug 2020
    Ratcatcher
    film

    Ratcatcher

    Lynne Ramsay, GB/FR 1999

    Glasgow, mid-1970s: James meets fourteen-year-old Margaret Anne, like him raised in one of the city’s...

Monday, 10 Aug 2020

  • 14:00
    10 Aug 2020
    O amor natural
    film

    O amor natural

    Heddy Honigmann, NL 1996

    What do you remember about the loves in your life? Ask Brazilians this question and have them read out...

  • 19:00
    10 Aug 2020
    La captive
    film

    La captive

    Chantal Akerman, FR/BE 2000

    Simon develops an obsession for his friend Ariane, who willingly becomes his ‘captive’ in a timeless, ...

Tuesday, 11 Aug 2020

Thursday, 13 Aug 2020

  • 16:30
    13 Aug 2020
    Je, tu, il, elle
    film

    Je, tu, il, elle

    Chantal Akerman, BE/FR 1974

    Akerman's stunning narrative feature debut about a young woman who searches for love and self-...

Friday, 14 Aug 2020

  • 16:30
    14 Aug 2020
    Toute une nuit
    film

    Toute une nuit

    Chantal Akerman, BE 1982

    Akermans own midsummer night's sex comedy. Toute une nuit sees Akerman employing her...

Saturday, 15 Aug 2020

  • 10:45
    15 Aug 2020
    film

    American Honey

    Andrea Arnold, US 2016

    Andrea Arnold won the Jury Prize at Cannes for her dynamic road trip about a group of teenagers...

Sunday, 16 Aug 2020

  • 19:00
    16 Aug 2020
    Adoption
    film

    Restored & Unseen: Adoption

    Márta Mészáros, HU 1975

    In 1975 the Hungarian filmmaker Márta Mészáros was the first female director to win the Golden Bear at...

Tuesday, 18 Aug 2020

  • 14:00
    18 Aug 2020
    Ratcatcher
    film

    Ratcatcher

    Lynne Ramsay, GB/FR 1999

    Glasgow, mid-1970s: James meets fourteen-year-old Margaret Anne, like him raised in one of the city’s...

  • 19:15
    18 Aug 2020
    Chantal Akerman Passages
    film compilation

    Tombée de nuit sur Shanghaï

    Chantal Akerman, FR 2007

    The skyline of Shanghai at night as seen through Chantal Akerman’s camera. She films the soulless...

Wednesday, 19 Aug 2020

  • 14:00
    19 Aug 2020
    Un jour Pina a demandé
    film

    Un jour Pina a demandé

    Chantal Akerman, FR 1983

    An extraordinary encounter between two of the greatest artists of their time — Akerman and legendary...

  • 19:15
    19 Aug 2020
    O amor natural
    film

    O amor natural

    Heddy Honigmann, NL 1996

    What do you remember about the loves in your life? Ask Brazilians this question and have them read out...

Friday, 21 Aug 2020

  • 16:30
    21 Aug 2020
    De l'autre côté
    film

    De l'autre côté

    Chantal Akerman, FR 2002

    More timely than ever, this sensitive portraiture of illegal Mexican immigrants, a fecund sense of...

Saturday, 22 Aug 2020

Sunday, 23 Aug 2020

Tuesday, 25 Aug 2020

  • 19:00
    25 Aug 2020
    Ratcatcher
    film

    Ratcatcher

    Lynne Ramsay, GB/FR 1999

    Glasgow, mid-1970s: James meets fourteen-year-old Margaret Anne, like him raised in one of the city’s...

  • 21:00
    25 Aug 2020
    film

    American Honey

    Andrea Arnold, US 2016

    Andrea Arnold won the Jury Prize at Cannes for her dynamic road trip about a group of teenagers...

Wednesday, 26 Aug 2020

  • 16:30
    26 Aug 2020
    No Home Movie
    film

    No Home Movie

    Chantal Akerman, BE 2015

    Chantal Akerman recorded her mother’s final days: the routine of an invisible woman. A deeply moving...

Sunday, 30 Aug 2020

  • 19:15
    30 Aug 2020
    L.A. Tea Time
    film

    L.A. Tea Time

    Sophie Bédard Marcotte, CA 2019

    What do you do as a young female filmmaker in Quebec if you’re not sure what direction to take? You go...

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