Varda by Agnès (Varda par Agnès)


Lark Theatre Sun, Oct 6, 2019 6:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:115 min.
Director:Agnès Varda
Producer:Rosalie Varda
Screenwriter:Didier Rouget
Agnès Varda
Cinematographer:Claire Duguet
François Décréau
Julia Fabry
Editor:Nicolas Longinotti
Agnès Varda
Cast:Agnès Varda
Sandrine Bonnaire
Hervé Chandès
Nurith Aviv
Esther Levesque
Print Source:Janus Films
Note Writer:Leah LoSchiavo


A cinema institution unto herself, the delightfully irreverent Agnès Varda conducts a personal career retrospective as only she can: with accomplished skill, inimitable charm, wit, reverie, and copious wonder. The many outlets of her boundless creativity coalesce (photography, art, filmmaking, and architecture) as Varda shares insight into her artistic fancies and flights in the many projects of her life’s work, from Cléo from 5 to 7 to Vagabond to The Gleaners and I to Faces Places (MVFF 2017). The most generous of visual storytellers, Varda shares the screen with collaborators like actor Sandrine Bonnaire, cinematographer Nurith Aviv, and curator Hervé Chandès, relating memories of their iconic work together. An apt tribute to a legend of French cinema, lovingly produced by Varda’s daughter Rosalie, Varda by Agnès is an essential and profound work of art, the reality and the representation of a transcendent artist revealing herself in her final artistic gift to the world.

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Additional Information

Born in Ixelles near Brussels, Belgium in 1928, Agnès Varda grew up in Sète in the south of France. Having studied literature, psychology, art history, and philosophy at the Sorbonne and the École du Louvre in Paris, she subsequently trained as a photographer and began working as a stage photographer and photo journalist. A self-taught filmmaker, in 1955 she produced and directed her debut feature film, La Pointe Courte, which earned her the reputation as the grandmother of the nouvelle vague. In 2003, she embarked on a further career as a visual artist, exhibiting her work at the Venice Biennale. Varda passed away on March 29, 2019.