La Captive (2000) © Gemini Films
La Captive (2000) © Gemini Films
Collections CINEMATEK, © Fondation Chantal Akerman

ACMI and Fireflies Press present

La Captive – book launch & screening

Chantal Akerman | France, Belgium | 2000 | Unclassified (18+)

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Fri 23 Feb 2024

Join us for the launch of Fireflies new Decadent Edition on Chantal Akerman's La Captive, followed by a screening of the newly restored film.

ACMI is proud to be a publishing partner on the Decadent Editions: 10 books about 10 films by Fireflies Press. The series continues with Christine Smallwood's book on La Captive with a screening of the film and book launch in the ACMI Shop. The book will be available to purchase on the night from the ACMI Shop.

Please note that your ticket to the Fri 23 Feb event screening includes a drink on arrival in the ACMI Shop plus admission to the screening.

About the film

In Chantal Akerman’s contemporary adaptation of Marcel Proust’s The Prisoner, a wealthy young man lives with his girlfriend in his Paris apartment. As obsession begets deceit inside the cage they call love, it becomes ever more difficult to distinguish captive from captor.

A gently captivating, deceptively austere work.

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Format: DCP
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: Royal Belgium Film Archive
Courtesy: Fondation Chantal Akerman
Runtime: 118 mins

Event duration

118 mins


Unclassified (18+)


6pm Book launch (ACMI Shop, Ground Floor)
7pm Screening (Cinema 1, Level 2)

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La Captive - resized cover

About the book

La Captive (softcover) by Christine Smallwood – $21

In the fifth title of the acclaimed Decadent Editions series, Christine Smallwood explores the oeuvre of Chantal Akerman through her adaptation of Marcel Proust’s The Prisoner, the fifth volume of In Search of Lost Time, in a text that moves elegantly between Akerman’s film, Proust’s novel, and Smallwood’s own life.

"Smallwood creates both a portrait of Akerman and her films – the most illuminating I’ve read – and a portrait of herself."
– Joanna Hogg

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Christine Smallwood

About the author

Christine Smallwood is the author of the novel The Life of the Mind and a regular contributor to publications such as The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, Bookforum and The New York Times Magazine. She is the recipient of the 2023 Anthony Veasna So Fiction Prize and a 2023 Silvers Grant.

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