L.A. Tea Time
Sophie Bédard Marcotte / CA, 2019 / 82 min.
What do you do as a young female filmmaker in Quebec if you’re not sure what direction to take? You go and ask multitalented director, artist and author Miranda July for advice. Light-hearted road movie highlights the importance of Chantal Akerman as guiding light for young directors.
July seems to do exactly what she wants, and it works out pretty well for her, too: after all, she doesn”t need to translate online hotel reviews to pay the rent, as Sophie Bédard Marcotte does. So she sets off with her camerawoman on a road trip to Los Angeles to have tea with July. Of course, nothing goes as planned.
light-hearted road movie
Their unorthodox journey across the United States results in a lighthearted road movie filled with meditative landscapes, unlikely encounters, animations and a touch of magic. It is a playful quest for a framework in life. A film about friendship, the thirtysomething dilemma and the search for inspiration.
tribute to Chantal Akerman
In her third film, Bédard Marcotte incorporates references to her cinematic inspirations and creates a posthumous starring role for Chantal Akerman. She appears on the pink horizon as an oracle for every filmmaker who, for want of a clear path, is looking for the yellow brick road.
(text courtesy IDFA)
Art historian Marian Cousijn introduces L.A. Tea Time on 14 July
Sophie Bédard Marcotte
L.A. Tea Time
This summer, Eye Filmmuseum is presenting a major solo exhibition of work by Chantal Akerman. Akerman was one of the first film directors who made the switch to visual art. She rose to fame in the 1970s as a feminist avant-garde filmmaker, and midway through the 1990s, she discovered the possibilities of the art gallery.