Fidocs| “Les Années Super 8”: Annie Ernaux opens her personal archive without inhibitions

One of the most emotional moments of the documentary for Chilean audiences is when the recent winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature recounts her time in the country during the government of Salvador Allende, until she narrates the 1973 coup.

fidocs inaugurates its 26th version with a necessary, current, and very intimate documentaryas is the work of its director, Annie Ernaux.

Les Annees Super 8 is a film directed by the recent winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literaturewho films this film with his son David Ernaux-Briot, who rescue the family archive, registered by Annie’s ex-husband and David’s father, over decades, where the family material narrates the political, social and cultural context They live as a family.

The writer has been recognized for her literary work that is based on personal memory, and is characterized by telling intimate, close, often private stories, but which makes them public. That personal becomes so universal that it manages to move readers across the world.

Through this film, Ernaux returns to use this narrative element that has made her so recognized in letters, but from an audiovisual formatthrough family archive images, but complemented by a story narrated by herself, where she reveals both personal and historical stories that were happening on her family trips or in the places she visited throughout her children’s childhood .

One of the most emotional moments for the Chilean audiences is when he recounts his time in the country during the government of Salvador Allende, the time of the UP, until he narrates the Coup d’état of September 11, 1973. It also narrates world-famous episodes such as the Challenger accident in 1986, the wars and conflicts that were taking place in different parts of the world.

The tape is built visually through the super 8 tapes that the husband and father of Annie and David Ernaux-Briot respectively, between 1972 and 1981. Through these family documents, they reveal what this life was like, which remains as a “testimony of times past, of a way of living and of the aspirations of a social class in a decade after 1968.”

The images do not have audio, so Annie’s narration is essential to build the story, since, like his literature, it is impregnated with poetry, rhythm, and words full of content that manage to complete those images without context, where the most intimate becomes historical, and where what was happening socially at that time, is transferred on screen, without necessarily seeing that context visually.

Annie Ernaux is author of more than twenty works of fiction and memoir and is considered by many in France as the most important literary voice. He has won many awards, until finally establishing himself worldwide for having won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

His son David Ernaux-Briot (1968) wrote and directed the mini-series Théâtre des Machines, Corpus, and Art et Sport for the Universcience and CANOPE platforms. The Super 8 years It is his first documentary feature film.

Mother and son manage to bring a personal family story into a public space in a remarkable waycombining a narrative that comes from Annie’s literary talent, with the emotion of delving into the Ernaux family history in a way so delicate, without modesty, without inhibitionsbut, with total freedom, making us part of his family history in such a generous way, which opens the doors to discover the world through his personal memory.

Article published in partnership with culture yourself.

Data sheet

Directed by: Annie Ernaux, David Ernaux-Briot

Screenplay: Annie Ernaux

Photography: Philippe Ernaux

Editing: Clement Pinteaux

Sound: Rym Debbarh Mounir

Music: Florencia Di Concilio

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Fidocs| “Les Années Super 8”: Annie Ernaux opens her personal archive without inhibitions