Irish Film Institute -THE SUPER 8 YEARS


Director: Annie Ernaux & David Ernaux-Briot

61 mins, France, 2022, Digital, Subtitled

Annie Ernaux, winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize for literature, recalls, ‘In reviewing our Super 8 films…it occurred to me that they comprised not only a family archive but a testimony to 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.’ With her son’s help, Annie assembles Super 8 footage shot by late ex-husband Philippe Ernaux from 1972 to 1981; through voiceover, the footage becomes an extension of Ernaux’s writing – a new novel in images.

A 30 minute recorded Q&A, featuring co-creators Annie Ernaux and her son David Ernaux-Briot, with author Thea Lenarduzzi, will be shown after each screening.

Notes by Marie-Pierre Richard

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