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The Super 8 Years

Annie ERNAUX, David ERNAUX-BRIOT

  • France
  • 2022
  • 61min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color

SYNOPSIS

“In re-viewing our super eight films, shot between 1972 and 1981, it occurred to me that they comprised not only a family archive but a testimony to the pastimes, lifestyle and aspirations of a social class in the decade after 1968. I wanted to incorporate these silent images into a story which combined the intimate with the social and with history, to convey the taste and color of those years.”- Annie Ernaux 

PROGRAM NOTE

Annie Ernaux, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, writes and narrates, and her son David Ernaux-Briot directs the film The Super 8 Years, which consisted of home videos from the early 1970s to the 1980s. As mentioned by the narrator, Annie Ernaux and her ex-husband Phillippe Ernaux bought a Super 8 camera and a projector in the winter of 1972 to film their family. The Super 8 Years is full of family's daily life and traveling moments. Starting from Spain, Portugal, and the United Kingdom, thought to be more exotic among the closest countries, USSR and Albania, communist countries during the Cold War, to Chile from South America, are filmed in the movie. Through The Super 8 Years, Annie Ernaux, well known for her autobiographical novel, shows a complex smile of a time taking responsibility for the domestic chore and working as a teacher while getting disconnected from writing. When the young woman with a hardened face stares at the camera with a pen in her hand, the audience can read her desire to write again. Watching the film together with her book The Years (2008), where we can reflect on Ernaux's life as a writer, the film conveys more than just a home video with a slice of someone's life. [LEE Dahye]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
302 2023-08-27 | 10:00 - 11:01 PE
524 2023-08-29 | 20:00 - 21:01 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 8

Director

  • Annie ERNAUX

    2022 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate, Annie Ernaux is considered by many to be France’s most important literary voice. She won the Prix Renaudot for A Man’s Place (1983) and the Marguerite Yourcenar Prize for her body of work. More recently she received the International Strega Prize, the Prix Formentor, the French-American Translation Prize, and the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation for The Years (2008), which was also shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. 

     

  • David ERNAUX-BRIOT

    Born in 1968. Son of Annie and Philippe Ernaux. He grew up in Annecy and later on Cergy-Pontoise. After studying science, he decided to focus on scientific journalism and contributed to specialized TV programs such as E=M6 (1996-) and C’est pas Sorcier (1994-). He wrote and directed the mini-series for the platforms Universcience and CANOPE. The Super 8 Years is his first feature-length documentary.

     

Credit

  • ProducerDavid THION, Philippe MARTIN
  • Screenwriter Annie ERNAUX
  • Cinematographer Philippe ERNAUX
  • Editor Clément PINTEAUX
  • Sound Rym DEBBARH MOUNIR

CONTACT

Totem Films | Núria PALENZUELA CAMON | nuria@totem-films.com