Normally, our Weekly Roundup posts are all about the great movies and movie news that we have to share with you. Unfortunately, this week also brought some tragic news. Chantal Akerman, the Belgian filmmaker whose epic Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (made when she was just twenty-four years old) stands firm on many critics’ top 100 lists, and who went on to create some of the most original and groundbreaking cinema of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, has passed away this week at the age of sixty-five. We are honoring her the only way we know how: with this look back at her cinematic achievements by Keyframe Daily’s David Hudson, and by watching her austere Proust adaptation La Captive with a chaser of Chantal Akerman, From Here. Ms. Akerman, thank you for your gifts. You will be so, so missed.
Even with our mourning of Ms. Akerman’s passing, we still have much to be grateful for here at Fandor, not least of which is this week’s Featured Release. Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, we are thrilled to now be streaming the (original Swedish) adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo AND its two sequels. With these stunning, brutal, action-packed thrillers, we invite you to spend the weekend with intrepid journalist Mikael Blomqvist and butt-kicking, name-taking hacker Lisbeth Salander as they play with fire, kick hornets nests and…well, we wont’t spoil it for you.
If you aren’t into the Millennium trilogy, we’re sure you’ll find something to love among the thirty-five other new films we added to the library this week! Here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening over on our Recently Added Films page:
- Dziga and His Brothers collects a fantastic array of found footage from archives and private collections to shed new light on the fascinating life of cinematic trailblazer Dziga Vertov, best known for his groundbreaking documentary work like Man with a Movie Camera
- Three films by Australian cult filmmaker John Lamond (we already have his cheeky softcore hit Felicity) exemplify the subgenre of “Ozploitation”
- Norwegian art-house gem 1001 Grams takes a lyrical look at the “weight” of a human life with both levity and profundity
- Four Moons tackles the subject of contemporary homosexuality in Mexico through four separate stories of desire and struggle, and Jeffrey takes us back to the mid-nineties to follow the commitment-phobic titular character as he navigates a post-AIDS sexual landscape
- The films of San Francisco maker, researcher and professor Denah Johnston are short-form, avant-garde exercises in cut-up methods, sound design and optical printing
- Jon Voight, Anjelica Huston, Beau Bridges and others lend their voices to the tale of Pablo, a documentary about the unsung hero of post-production responsible for some of your favorite iconic and memorable film titles and the godfather of the “MTV aesthetic”
- Sasha Litvintseva travels the world, developing a new film grammar to talk about said world (see more about her stunning documentary work over on Keyframe)
- A young woman who thrives in chaos undertakes a series of physical and spiritual renovations when she inherits a family home in Colin Healy’s new feature Homemakers, which is now only in select theaters and on Fandor
- And our Japanese cult collection has gotten major shot in the arm with titles from Yasuharu Hasebe and Toshiya Fujita, from the Alleycat Rock and Stray Cat Rock series.
And last but certainly not least, Robert Altman and Henri-Georges Clouzot, among other highly respected directors, explore the creeping and cancerous effects of paranoia in this week’s Criterion Picks, which are only available through October 18.
We hope you find something to love amongst our newest Fandor films, and we’ll be back next week with even more exciting finds and news to share. Until then, happy watching!