US, 2020, 12’46’
Going through my mini DVs shot over the past decade, I rediscovered a forgotten night sequence of Chantal Akerman and Sonia Wieder-Atherton leaving a brasserie where we had dined together in Montparnasse. The excerpt stayed with me for a while. This prompted me to focus on Chantal’s sound work in her films and her very close collaboration with cellist, Sonia Wieder-Atherton with whom she made more than 20 films. And, since New York, Paris and Moscow were places the three of us had in common, I intertwined some of my images with hers.
Filmmaker born in New York in 1945, spent her childhood in Rio de Janeiro, then pursued graduate studies in Paris in psychology and cinema. In the 1970s, she co-founded Ciné-Femmes, an organization dedicated to the distribution of women’s films. Since 1980 Vivian Ostrovsky has directed more than twenty films, most of them shot in Super-8, which often include found footage, excerpts from fiction, documentaries, or home movies. Her films exploit the theme of displacement, and are situated, according to Yann Beauvais, between “diary films” and “collage films”. She also worked on the organization of the Jerusalem Film Festival. Her work has been shown in numerous retrospectives and exhibitions in museums and festivals around the world.