Claire Atherton grew up in New York, with her American father and her mother of Romanian origins and went to France to study Oriental civilization. Later, she attended the prestigious Louis Lumičre National School. She met Chantal Akerman at a theater performance, which actress Delphine Seyrig (who starred in Akerman’s best known film, “Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles”) had asked both of them to film. This was the beginning of a fertile collaboration, first as an director of photography and then as an editor, which lasted over 30 years and included fictions, documentaries and video installations. Apart from her activity with Akerman, Claire Atherton has worked alongside many original voices from French and international independent cinema, such as Noëlle Pujol, Andreas Bolm or Emilio Pacull.