MEETINGS OF ANNA (LES RENDEZ-VOUS D'ANNA)
Anna (Aurore Clément) is a respected Belgian filmmaker on a no-frills European tour promoting her latest film. As she travels from city to city, she has a series of startling encounters with different men and women — from an ex-lover, to her mother and even complete strangers — all of which seem to underscore Anna's uneasy place in an increasingly dreary and anonymous Western Europe. Master auteur Chantal Akerman casts her rhythmic spell with MEETINGS OF ANNA, which operates at its own pace and on a uniquely immersive wavelength, and features a cool, quiet performance by Clément as the detached Anna. The film screens at AFI FEST as a U.S.-premiere restoration by Janus Films on a brand-new DCP. – Beth Hanna
Born in Brussels, Chantal Akerman (1950-2015) was an influential presence in experimental and feminist cinema. Her films included: JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES; NIGHT AND DAY, THE CAPTIVE, ALMAYER’S FOLLY (AFI FEST 2011) and NO HOME MOVIE (AFI FEST 2015).