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Violette Leduc,
In Pursuit of Love

Documentary, 57 minutes, 2013

Director: Esther Hoffenberg


"If you start writing an autobiography you have to go all the way" asserted Violette Leduc. Homosexuality, abortion, illegitimacy, she confronted all these taboo topics in 1950s France without fear or hypocrisy. Her "intrepid sincerity" brought her admiration and support from Simone de Beauvoir. Almost 50 years after the public success of her autobiography The Bastard, the strength of Violette Leduc's books remains intact, as well as her original personality. Inspired by Violette's poetic style, the film draws the portrait of a great author ahead of her time. It is a hymn to freedom and to the magic in words.

Awards & festivals

2016: Françoise Giroud Audiovisual Portrait Award - Athens Queer Film Festival 2015: Montreal International Festival of Film on Art - 2014 : Best Documentary Award at the Turin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - Best Documentary Award at the Some Prefer Cake Festival in Bologna - Special Mention at the Mix Milano Festival - Pink Apple Gay and Lesbian Festival - Créteil International Women's Film Festival - Frameline, San Francisco LGBT FF - New Zealand International Film Festival - Printemps Lesbien de Toulouse - Fire Barcelona Film Festival - Zefestival LGBT - Cinémarges Bordeaux - Grenoble, Vues d'en face - Female Film Festival, Malmö - Epos International Art Film Festival, Tel Aviv - BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival - Festival Écrans Mixtes de Lyon - Filmmor International Women's Film Festival, Istanbul 2013: Haïfa International Film Festival - Festival International du film d'Histoire de Pessac.

Partners : 

Lapsus, ARTE France.

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