It is both the story of my life but also that of thousands of women.
The Super 8 Years
, in theaters on Wednesday, newly-nobelized writer Annie Ernaux recounts the decade that made her one of the greatest voices in literature.
Co-directed with his son David, this film was presented in May in one of the main sections of the Cannes festival, before being broadcast on Arte.
He was born out of a desire: to reclaim dozens of Super 8 films shot between 1972 and 1981 by her now deceased ex-husband.
These films had been stored in a drawer for years and had been somewhat forgotten.
One day we watched them with my sons and grandchildren.
It was there, one thing leading to another, that David offered me to make a film on which I would add a story
, "the 82-year-old author told AFP on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival. .
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Although the idea of making films never really interested her, Annie Ernaux let herself "
be taken in the game
I really invested myself in this story that we hear, because it was important for me to tell me in my own words
,” she added.
In the film, the viewer discovers a married Annie Ernaux with two young children.
Each time, the author is in the foreground, omnipresent.
But on closer inspection, it is a woman who seems uncomfortable in her new life that the public meets.
A woman torn between her duties as a wife, her bourgeois life, she defected from class as she told in "
", and her desire to write.
Not a film of memories, it certainly documents the years that forged her as a writer but also describes an era, that of the glorious Thirties and the thirst for life of a generation in search of emancipation and travel.
I can affirm that these ten years are the major years in my life because they will confirm my desire to write
it is both the story of my life but also that of thousands of women who have also been in search of freedom and emancipation