In the cinematic autobiographical fiction My Seven Places, director Boris Lehman takes audiences out for a long walk. It is the journey of a nomad captured on several roles of film, showing an 11-year fragment from the director’s life from 1999 through 2010. The places of the title refer not only to the apartments that he changed at breakneck speed but also to any space where the director currently spends time. In this film essay, Lehman visits former haunts that now contrast with his indelible memories. He reflects on the passage of time and tries to recreate images that, in the reality of today, are obscure illusions of the past. From this purported autobiography emerges a portrait of a melancholic vagabond who is as attached to things as much as to people. As soon as he arrives in a new place, he feels the need to become familiar with the space. And just like any of us, he carries around a bunch of keys, each of which, with time, no longer fits any lock – it can only open a forgotten, secret place.
While Boris Lehman was born in 1944 in Switzerland, he has spent most of his life in Belgium. He studied Film Studies at the Institut National Supérieur des Arts du spectacle in Brussels. He began his career as a film critic, and, in time, became a director, making documentary and experimental films, among others. He collaborated with colleague filmmakers such as Samy Szlingerbaum, Henri Storck, Jacques Rouffio and Chantal Akerman. He has made over four hundred experimental films - on Super-8, 16mm or video - which he directed and produced individually. His acclaimed works have been shown at international film festivals. Also he made about 300,000 photos and has written three books. Lehman is also an actor and a pianist.
1963 La clé du cham
1973 Ne pas stagner / And Not Stagnate (doc.)
1978 Magnum Begynasium Bruxellense (doc.)
1987 Muet comme une carpe
1989 L'homme de terre
1991 Babel – lettre à mes amis restés en Belgique / Babel – A Letter to My Friends Left Behind in Belgium (doc.)
1994 Leçon de vie
2002 Histoire de ma vie racontée par mes photographies / Story of My Life Told by My Photographs
2005 Tentatives de se décrire (doc.)
2006 Tentatives de se décrire / Trying To Describe Oneself
2013 Mes entretiens filmés / My Conversations on Film (doc.)