The documentary that shows when the Nobel Prize winner Annie Ernaux passed through the Chile of the Popular Unity

This October 26, the programming of FIDOCS 2022 was announced and tickets and the sale of the general subscription were available for the meeting that will return between November 22 and 30, with functions in three main venues and a series of parallel activities in the city.

One of these sessions is the long-awaited opening screening of “Les Années Super 8”, a documentary by the recent winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Annie Ernaux, co-directed with her son David Ernaux-Briot.

In the documentary, made from family film material, narrated by the writer, directed by herself and her son, we go through the biography of the artist through images recorded between 1972 and 1981. The record made with the classic Super 8 camera , becomes a fundamental exercise of the past decades where we can even see his passage through the socialist Chile of 1972.

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A moving self-portrait, or a kind of personal picture book, which is at the same time an act of collective memory to understand Annie Ernaux’s journey as a woman, feminist intellectual and writer.

“Les Annés Super 8”, a film that arises from the intersection between cinema and literature, will kick off this 26th edition of FIDOCS, which presents a particularly interesting international competition in terms of disciplinary intersections.

“This is a selection of 8 feature films: two premieres in Santiago, four national premieres, a Latin American premiere and an international one, which reflect on the multiple expressive possibilities of the documentary record and the way in which the cinema of the real can reflect sharply but also with freshness, humor and radicalism on complex issues such as suicide; youth; indigenous genocide, death and fatherhood, borrowing modes of observation from other disciplines. In other words, a diverse International Competition, whose curatorship tries to shed light on how we relate to each other as human beings and with other species”, says the director of the festival, Antonia Girardi.


Eight titles make up this competition that includes worldwide acclaimed works, which after going through the most important festivals on the international circuit, arrive for the first time in Santiago. The selection has an international premiere, a Latin American one, four national premieres and two premieres in Santiago.

EL AGUA, Elena López Riera, Spain, Switzerland, France, 66 minutes, documentary, Spanish

“In El agua, Elena López Riera’s feature debut, not only is a storm brewing that threatens to flood a small town in southeastern Spain. Also flowing through the veins of the protagonist is the impetus for independence and the contradictory moods of adolescence. As she searches for herself, the romantic tension slowly shifts to the river, who draws her in like a phantom presence. A fiction constructed based on the exhaustive description of a space, where the real bursts forth with the force of the river. A torrent of supernatural oral stories where archive images of a flood inscribed in the collective memory also emerge.

Antonia Girardi, selection committee.

THE HUMANI CORPORIS FABRICA, 2022, France, United States, Switzerland, 118 minutes, documentary

“As films by Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing Taylor usually are, De Humani Corporis Fabrica is a vertiginous sensory journey that invites us to lose our usual spatial coordinates to travel through unknown and disturbing places, without knowing for sure where our gaze will stop. . If in Caniba (winner of the International Fidocs 2017 competition) what arose was terror before a camera glued to the face and especially the mouth of the Japanese cannibal Issei Sagawa, in De Humani Corporis Fabrica the interior of the human body ceases to be a taboo to transform into a labyrinthine and fascinating landscape, a plant that never stops making new images”.

Antonia Girardi, Selection Committee.

ATLAS, Guadalupe Gaona, Ignacio Masllorens, 2021, Argentina, 86 minutes, documentary, Spanish

“With a collector’s spirit, Atlas collects the remains of the figure of the German neurobiologist Christofredo Jakob: old jars, stuffed animals, lost research, a daughter and a granddaughter who contradict each other. From a country that seems to be peeling, Atlas reflects on the cruel and positivist medical practices of the 20th century, the changing relationship between humans and animals, and the presence of a ghost that seems to continue to haunt the buildings of Buenos Aires.”

Francina Carbonel, Selection Committee.

E NOITE NA AMERICA, Ana Vaz, Italy, Brazil, France, 66 minutes, documentary

“É Noite na América was recorded in the Brasilia Zoo, home to hundreds of species that are rescued from a rationally designed city-highway. Shots of owls, anteaters, foxes, tapirs, and indistinguishable creatures intertwine with veterinarians, keepers, and the environmental police. Human and non-human animals forge a network of relationships and perspectives that are shadowed in what seems like a night city, even though the film was shot in broad daylight. This is what makes (and what is known as) “the American night”.

Cristóbal Escobar, selection committee.

HOW TO SAVE A DEAD FRIEND, 2022, Sweden, Norway, France, Germany. 103 minutes, documentary, Russian

In Russia or the “Federation of Depression” 16-year-old Marusya meets Kimi. They spend their entire youth together, experiencing euphoria and anxiety, maximum happiness and the desire to disappear. They record everything, without any purpose and for that reason perhaps with a unique honesty. Ten years later, when almost all of her friends have already died, Marusya returns to take the camera from her in an attempt to get Kimi back. This film is a cry from a violent generation, but above all it is a tender and brutal love letter.

Francina Carbonel, Selection Committee.

MALINTZIN 17, 2022, Mexico, 54 minutes, documentary, Spanish

“Despite having been shot long before the pandemic, Malintzin 17 seems to be, in this sense, a film caused by confinement. The film proposes an immersive and minimalist portrait of fatherhood, childhood, confinement, the temporality of birds and the soundscapes of Mexico City”.

Cristóbal Escobar, selection committee.

O TRIO EM MI BEMOL, Portugal, Spain, 127 minutes, fiction, Spanish, French

“Rita Azevedo Gomes offers us a more than suggestive itinerary through themes that are also present in Rohmer’s cinema: the importance of the word, chance, the vision of sentimental relationships as a game where feelings are observed in a modest way and Elegant. O Trio Em Mi Flat is a work constructed with precision and simplicity, although light only on the surface”.

Cristobal Escobar, Selection Committee

EAMI, 2022, Paraguay, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, France, Netherlands, United States, 82 minutes, documentary, Ayoreo, Guarani

“EAMI is narrated through the point of view of a five-year-old girl, also named Eami, who has an omniscient sense of the problems and customs of her people throughout time. In the Totobiegosode tradition, she represents Asoja, the bird-god-woman deity whose song “helped create nature.” In addition to being an orphan, whose parents were killed when the white settlers arrived, Eami has a transcendent meaning: her goal is to reunite with Aocojái, a male companion, and help free her people from evil, embodied by colonial forces using their land for livestock

Cristobal Escobar, Selection Committee

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The documentary that shows when the Nobel Prize winner Annie Ernaux passed through the Chile of the Popular Unity