Camera 1: Autofiction By Francoise Romand
- Genre: Special Interest
- Release Date: 9/27/2011
A forty year-old Parisian, Francoise Romand loses herself in various loves and cities. This film is a jubilant self-mockery, passing through several continents and mixing languages in a cultural, racial and sexual diversity anchored in our times. Wildly inventive, this crazy, non-linear portrait of a filmmaker explores auto fiction, cheerfully flouting convention in a way that will appeal to a young audience. In a genre rarely seen in film, Romand stages a series of fantasies, using her own mischievous humor. She takes the scalpel to herself as we watch and reinvents herself through games of chance and a family secret. This experiment in DV flirts with the webcam to raise questions about cinema." Anne Gillain. Françoise Romand dissects family secrets, drags skeletons out of the closet, aims the camera on her lovers who hold mirrors up to her, with both humor and ferocity. After filming characters with strange life stories, she turns the camera on herself, always mixing fiction and documentary. If all her films reflect a search for identity, who better than the filmmaker could serve as a new subject for examination? to finance her own work, the director sold her apartment after a year of teaching at Harvard. Exile inspired this creative introspection, freeing the bonds of her imagination. American film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum has it right: "Her masterpiece poses a genuine challenge by making art and life indistinguishable.... This makes her art both unpredictable, risky adventure and unusual form of healing, for the people on screen as well as for us.