Autobiography

Autobiography is a very old literary genre, even though it was named as such in the 18th century. It is about sharing a narrative of oneself, of the order of personal and intimate experience. The term has Greek roots: writing (graphè, graphy) about one’s own life (auto, self; and bios, life), it concerns writing. But one can legitimately use it to describe films, as long as one considers cinema as writing. Besides, regularly the autobiographical films are made by a single person (Alain Cavalier, Dominique Cabrera, Joseph Morder, Jonas Mekas...). Some of my films belong to this genre. It is a practice that I also transmit in the pedagogical framework, because the recording of the movement of thought, rather than a prepared chronological narrative, leads to discoveries of oneself, of others, and of oneself through others. This is often of great richness.

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A collective film, initiated and edited by Benoît Labourdette (1h01’, 2009-2020).

Look out your window at home, and think of an important memory. This collective film is composed of 44 videos (among 500 made) shot by people in France, Algeria and Tunisia, between 2009 and 2013, in creative workshops led by Benoît Labourdette. (...)

Benoît Labourdette is a filmmaker, educator, expert in new media, cultural innovation and entrepreneur. He was born in 1970. He founded, among others, the Court Bouillon screenings (1988-1997), the video production centre of Paris 3 University (...)

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’56s, 2019).

A place visited today, empty, where I lived so many things a long time ago.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (5’09s, 2018).

A film can be like a spiritual, philosophical object, a text that accompanies our lives and teaches us new things every time we watch it.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’22s, 2019).

How life, even in its most painful moments, can show us the way to love.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’48s, 2013).

This old house and this rain remain me a memory from when I was a child, in a classroom...

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’56s, 2017).

When the intimate poetry becomes public.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’59s, 2016).

The attic of an old house, which conceals an unexpected teaching.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (1’04s, 2013).

I had always felt guilty for the first time that I had cheated in class. No more.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (8’50s, 2013).

The visit of an empty Paris apartment, where several people lived successively. Memory fumes artists Sophie Calle and Boris Lehman.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’50s, 2016).

Memory and guilt of a father against his son.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’46s, 2013).

I almost died by breaking the rules to follow my desire. This has not made ​​me more reasonable.

From the point of view of perception, a film is only an illusion formed by our brain from visual and auditory stimuli. Images seen can produce sounds and vice versa. Each person mentally constructs a different film from the same film seen. Thus (...)

A film by Benoît Labourdette (6’28s, 2016).

Remember the presence of the lost loved one in a hotel room surrounded by sand.

Projection hors compétition du film « Le baiser 1234567 » de Benoît Labourdette (13’, 2013). Le “Olonne Film Festival” est un événement de grande qualité autour du cinéma autobiographique. J’étais en 2015 membre du jury du Festival, aux côtés de : (...)

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’37s, 2016).

A place, where the memory of a tipping in life resides.

Screening of « Barcelona Hotel » by Benoît Labourdette (4’48, 2012). On September 28, 2013. The film was awarded by the Marguerite Duras prize. The jury was constitued by : Vincent Dieutre (filmmaker), Zoé Chantre (artist), Nicolas Thévenin (film (...)

Overview of my filmmaking efforts from 1997 to 2017, in relation to technological developments, and the making of a “mental” film. In the framework of a study day entitled “Self-narrative: Tool and features of the” I “on screen, organized by Claire (...)

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’53s, 2016).

How a past love dissolves in present loves.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (4’44s, 2012).

Autofiction on adultery.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’20s, 2015).

A frustrated desire since childhood, who finally seems to open.

Screening out of competition of the film « Brahim’s backpack » by Benoît Labourdette (5’04s, 2016). “Olonne Film Festival” is an event of high quality around the autobiographical film. In 2016, after the screening of this film, I have conducted a (...)

Film by Benoît Labourdette (3’34 s, 2016).

Reading of the last paragraphs of “’Remembrance of Things Past” by Marcel Proust. Links between literature, painting and movement.

The Cinematheque of Martigues offers a program of films by Benoît Labourdette. “From the sensitive to the camera” Benoît Labourdette’s film program, from April 1 to 15, 2017, as part of the exhibition “Films in the Pockets”. Presentation text To (...)

December 5, 2013 at The Renaissance cinema in Fontenay-le-Comte, evening carte blanche for OFF Festival, with a screening of : Grow, Dominique Cabrera. Films awards at OFF Festival 2013: Beware of friends (Rémi Douence). I’m not a car nor (...)

Interview with Benoît Labourdette about self-portrait, in “Lightnings”, the Digital Magazine of Écla (avril 2016). Link to the article on the website of the lightnings Journal : http://eclairs.aquitaine.fr/se-mett... “Get naked” (interview with (...)

The daily Ouest France published an article on « Kaleidoscope show » at Les Sables d’Olonne (France), January 15, 2015. http://www.ouest-france.fr/faire-vi... ArticleMake live movies outside the wals Small lantern association organized Friday (...)

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