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Kino Lorber has acquired North American distribution rights to the documentary The Super 8 Years, directed by Annie Ernaux

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 Documentary That Chronicles the Life and Times of Nobel Prize Laureate Annie Ernaux Opens Theatrically December 16

An examination of youth, family, travel, and our place in the world… the film plays as one extended memory—sometimes more bitter, sometimes more sweet, always a combination of both.

Michael Frank, THE FILM STAGE

 

A bittersweet look at the passage of time, delivered with a compelling blend of personal intimacy and broader societal upheaval.

Lisa Nesselson, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

Kino Lorber announced that it has acquired from Totem Films all North American distribution rights to the intimate archival documentary The Super 8 Years, directed by Annie Ernaux, who will be awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature on December 10, and her son David Ernaux-Briot. Kino Lorber will release the film theatrically at Film at Lincoln Center in New York on December 16, followed by a digital release on December 20 and a home video release in 2023. 

 

One of France’s most respected contemporary writers, Annie Ernaux’s intimate and autobiographical body of work captures the inner lives of women alongside societal and cultural changes in France from the 1960s onwards. A natural extension of her literary work in its form and content, The Super 8 Years shows the pastimes, lifestyle and aspirations of a social class in post-1960s France through the lens of the Ernaux family archive. 

 

The Super 8 Years made its World Premiere at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight earlier this year and has since played prominently on the international festival circuit, including bows at the Busan, Rome, New York and Zurich Film Festivals. Composed of silent Super 8 home video footage shot by Annie Ernaux’s then husband Philippe Ernaux, the film features pensive voiceover narration written and performed by Ernaux. The Super 8 Years is the directorial debut for Ernaux, whose autobiographical novel L’Événement was adapted last year into the critically acclaimed film Happening.

 

The French writer and 2022 Nobel Prize laureate Annie Ernaux, whose novels and memoirs have earned her a devoted following, opens a treasure trove with this delicate journey into her family’s memory, chronicling the period when her first books were published, her sons became teenagers, and her husband Philippe brought an 8mm film camera everywhere they went. Compiled from gorgeously textured home movie images shot between 1972 and 1981, 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.

 

The deal for The Super 8 Years was negotiated by Kino Lorber Senior Vice President Wendy Lidell and Totem Films.

 

“One of our finest contemporary memoirists, Annie Ernaux writes about life directly as she experiences it, capturing the texture of memory with introspective candor and unflagging wit alongside larger societal observations. The Super 8 Years continues this tradition, with Annie's own indelible voice bringing her most intimate family memories to life. We're honored to partner with Annie and David to bring the story of their family to North American audiences,” said Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell.

 

 

About Annie Ernaux

The author of some twenty works of fiction and memoir, Annie Ernaux is considered by many to be France’s most important literary voice. She won the Prix Renaudot for A Man's Place and the Marguerite Yourcenar Prize for her body of work. More recently she received the International Strega Prize, the Prix Formentor, the French-American Translation Prize, and the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation for The Years, which was also shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Her other works include Exteriors, A Girl's Story, A Woman's Story, The Possession, Simple Passion, Happening, I Remain in Darkness, Shame, A Frozen Woman, and A Man's Place.

 

Recently, two of her books were adapted into award-winning films: Simple Passion by Danielle Abrid (Cannes Label 2020) and Happening by Audrey Diwan (Venice Golden Lion 2021).

 

About David Ernaux-Briot

David Ernaux-Briot, son of Annie and Philippe Ernaux, was born in 1968. He grew up in Annecy and later on Cergy-Pontoise. After studying science, he decided to focus on scientific journalism and contributed to specialized TV programs such as E=M6 and C'est pas Sorcier. He wrote and directed the mini-series Théâtre des Machines, Corpus, Art et Sport for the platforms Universcience and CANOPE. The Super 8 Years is his first feature-length documentary. 

 

After graduating, Orit co-directed a documentary series for the Israeli Channel YES Doco; worked as a film facilitator and director for Israeli NGO, making films with at-risk youth; and worked as a filmmaking teacher to groups of women in Acres and Givat Haviva. She also conducted research for a documentary by the Oscar-award-winning director Alex Gibney, and wrote and directed two short fiction films – "You Remain Silent", which was part of the Abraham Heffner tribute "Voice Over" and premiered in Sarajevo, Jerusalem Film Festival 2018 and the MoMA, and "Veil", which was selected to various festivals around the world including the Oslo Short Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival and Brussels Short Film Festival. Cinema Sabaya is Orit’s debut feature film.

 

About Kino Lorber

With a library of over 4,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for 35 years, releasing 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Repertory and Alive Mind Cinema banners, garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years. In addition, the company brings over 350 titles yearly to the home entertainment and educational markets through physical and digital media releases. With an expanding family of distributed labels, Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Milestone Films, Cohen Media Group, Greenwich Entertainment, Artsploitation, Palisades Tartan, Menemsha Films, Raro Video, and others, placing physical titles through all wholesale, retail, and direct-to-consumer channels, as well as direct digital distribution through over 40 OTT services including all major TVOD and SVOD platforms. In 2019, the company launched its new art house digital channel Kino Now which features over 1300 titles from the acclaimed Kino Lorber library. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kino Marquee initiative was launched pioneering "virtual cinema" releases of art house films with revenue shares that allow audiences to support almost 500 local independent theaters. Kino Lorber was honored with a Special Award from the New York Film Critics Circle for this effort. In 2021, the company launched Kino Cult, an AVOD channel specializing in new and rare, acclaimed genre films. In 2022, Kino Lorber acquired streamer MHz Choice, the leading North American destination for acclaimed international TV.

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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