Violette Leduc, in Pursuit of Love

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Documentaire, 57 minutes, 2013

Réalisatrice: 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: Prix Françoise Giroud du portrait audiovisuel - Athens Queer Film Festival 2015: Festival International du Film sur l'Art de Montréal - 2014 : Prix du meilleur documentaire au Festival du Film Gay et Lesbien de Turin - Prix du meilleur documentaire au Festival Some Prefer Cake de Bologne - Mention spéciale au Festival Mix Milano - Festival Gay et Lesbien Pink Apple - Festival international de Films de Femmes de Créteil - 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.


Lapsus, ARTE France.

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