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Screen/Society--"The Super 8 Years" (Annie Ernaux & David Ernaux-Briot, 2022) | 2024 French Film Festival

Still from The Super 8 Years
Saturday, February 03, 2024
7:00 pm
Introduced by Prof. Corina Stan (English); Q&A to follow with Prof. Stan and Prof. Kimberly Lamm (Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies)

(Annie Ernaux and David Ernaux-Briot, 2022, 63 min, France, French with English subtitles, DCP)

Screening as part of the 2024 French Film Festival
Jan 26 - Feb 10, 2024

The French writer and 2022 Nobel Prize awardee Annie Ernaux, whose novels and memoirs have gained her a devoted following (and whose autobiographical L'ÉVÉNEMENT was adapted just last year into the critically acclaimed film HAPPENING), opens a treasure trove with this delicate journey into her family's memory. Compiled from gorgeously textured home movie images from 1972 to 1981 - when her first books were published, her sons became teenagers, and her husband Philippe brought an 8mm film camera everywhere they went - this portrait of a time, place, and moment of personal and political significance takes us from holidays and family rituals in suburban bourgeois France to trips abroad in Albania and Egypt, Spain and the USSR. Supplying her own introspective voiceover, Ernaux and her co-filmmaker, her son David, guide the viewer through fragments of a decade, diffuse and vivid in equal measure. THE SUPER 8 YEARS is a remarkable visual extension of Ernaux's ongoing literary project to make sense of the mysterious past and the unknowable future.

"In re-viewing our Super 8 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 colour of those years." - Annie Ernaux

"Moving, probing, beautifully written... the documentary THE SUPER 8 YEARS is like an illustrated Ernaux essay, filled with rich detail and painfully honest reflection." - Noel Murray, LA Times

"A gorgeous and intellectually expansive film, a worthy addition to the oeuvre of one of Europe's greatest living authors." - Mark Asch, Little White Lies

"Critic's Pick! Potent, quietly elegiac... the film's images have faded, but the memories they've stirred up are vivid and full of feeling." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Contact: Hank Okazaki