Born in Brussels in 1950, now based in Paris, Chantal Akerman is a director, writer, actor, producer and composer, and one of the most important European filmmakers of her generation. She has made over thirty films including Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), Sud (1998) and La Captive (2000). Her work, Women Sitting After Killing (2001), taken from the final moments of Jeanne Dielman, was shown in the 2001 Venice Biennale. Major themes in her films include women at work and at home, women’s relationships to men, women and children, food, love, sex, romance, art, and storytelling. She was in conversation with Michael Newman of Central Saint Martins.