I’m Hungry, I’m Cold
Almost a decade after her in 2022 crowned “best film of all time”, Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, Chantal Akerman made the twelve-minute I’m Hungry, I’m Cold. In it, two young chain-smoking Brussels girls run away from home, to Paris.
The rushed adolescents speak fleetingly, as if there is no time to waste. Their recklessness is reminiscent of Akerman's own demeanour in her very first short film Saute ma ville (1968), in which she turns the domestic household tasks, traditionally assigned to women, upside down. In I’m Hungry, I’m Cold, Akerman depicts young women who seem to be cut from the same cloth: hungry, playful, with a sense of rebellion.
I’m Hungry, I’m Cold is part of the anthology film Paris vu par... vingt ans après, in which filmmakers Philippe Garrel, Frédéric Mitterrand and Vincent Nordon also canned a short vignette around Parisian life.