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Directed by
Chantal Akerman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chantal Akerman  writer

Produced by
François Le Bayon .... producer
Marilyn Watelet .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Bernard Delville 
Raymond Fromont 
Film Editing by
Claire Atherton 
Agnès Bruckert 
Production Management
Helena Van Dantzig .... production manager
Marilyn Watelet .... production manager
Szymon Zaleski .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Szymon Zaleski .... assistant director
Sound Department
Thomas Gauder .... sound
Pierre Mertens .... sound
Didier Pêcheur .... sound
Etienne Curchod .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Youri Sviridov .... electrician
Valeri Tikohnov .... electrician
Nicolas Zouiev .... camera assistant
Music Department
Natalia Chakhovskaia .... musician: cello
Sonia Wieder-Atherton .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Igor Sladkov .... chauffeur
Other crew
Laurence Bourgeois .... production secretary
Antoinette Lazzaroli .... production secretary
Valentina Mikhailovskaia .... production assistant
Nicolas Orlov .... production assistant
Loudmila Priciajnaia .... production staff

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Also Known As:
"D'Est" - Belgium (original title)
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107 min | Argentina:110 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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On being and place., 9 May 2004
Author: gradnick

Chantal Akerman's haunting masterwork is not for those looking for clearly drawn narratives and characters, but for those willing to commit two hours to observation and contemplation, D'EST could be an extremely rewarding experience. There are moments when the poetic minimalism of this perceptive film feels like epiphany, but passive viewers may walk away empty-handed. It could be described as an existential meditation on memory and endurance, and while that may not sound exactly riveting, D'EST is, nevertheless, film-making of the very highest order, a work of art expanding the boundaries of the language of cinema.

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