The world’s best film of all time will have its premiere in Finland on December 22

Jeanne Dielman

The prestigious Sight and Sound magazine of the British Film Institute (BFI) publishes the Top 100 list of the best films of all time every ten years. This year, Jeanne Dielman (Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles) was ranked at the top of the list.

Jeanne Dielman has already been completed in 1975, but the film’s official premiere in Finland will not take place until this year, more precisely on Thursday, December 22. Before her premiere, Jeanne Dielman has only been seen in Finland in archive, special, festival, club and television performances and live streaming.

The importer Elävä uvan keskus ELKE ry describes the classic film as follows (text by Tytti Rantanen):

Jeanne Dielman (Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, 1975) has become a key work in recent years, when there has been a desire to write the history of cinema from a new perspective, which takes into account the contribution of female directors to the development of the art form better than before. The film was only the 25-year-old Chantal Akerman’s first feature film. It has risen to cult status with its uncompromisingly careful depiction of the housewife’s monotonous routines and loneliness.

In an interview he gave in connection with the Criterion Collection release of the film, Akerman reveals that he had Delphine Seyrig in mind when writing the role of Jeanne Dielman: Seyrig’s character was a “real lady” and as far away from the world of potato peeling and meatloaf as possible. According to the director, it is precisely this contradiction that helps to make visible all the secondary work that would otherwise go unnoticed, just like in everyday life.

Although there is its own quiet humor in the precise execution and repetition of tasks, Akerman and Seyrig do not make a parody of Jeanne Dielman’s life, on the contrary. Coffee making and sex work are serious matters, repetition can also be seen as a minimalist ritual. Overripe potatoes and similar small cracks can derail the least bit into everyday horror.

Before Jeanne Dielman, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo was considered the world’s best film of all time.

You can read more about Sight & Sound’s best films of all time here:

The Greatest Films of All Time

And here you can find more detailed information about Jeanne Dielman:

The greatest film of all time: Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Brussels


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