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Varda by Agnès

Agnès Varda
Varda par Agnès
France 2018 / 115’
The Legend of Time

Following The Beaches of Agnès and Faces Places, this is another autobiographical documentary by Agnès Varda that also turned out to be a creative testament to the artist, who died in March. In the film, the charmingly talkative doyenne of the French New Wave presents herself as a colorful, unconventional guide to the world of her own creative work. Varda reminisces about the most important stages of her career, candidly describing moments of excitement, as well as her doubts and fears. The eminent director is eager to mention the political aspect of her work and prides herself on her involvement in the feminist movement. At the same time, however, she doesn’t shy away from her private life, with particular emphasis on the complicated relationship she had with the late Jacques Demy in 1990. The whole gives the impression of an eclectic, though internally cohesive collage that enables us to understand the director’s singularity in the context of contemporary cinema. Varda by Agnès also provides the perfect impetus for further exploration of Varda’s outstanding oeuvre.

Piotr Czerkawski

Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda (1928–2019) was a photographer and film director and one of the icons of the French New Wave. Her work combines a commitment to social issues, a feminist message and a passion for experimentation with form. Her best-known films include Cleo from 5 to 7, Happiness and Vagabond (the winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Festival in 1985). She was the subject of a New Horizons retrospective in 2006.

Selected filmography

1956 La Pointe Courte

1961 Cléo od 5 do 7 / Cléo de 5 à 7 / Cléo from 5 to 7

1965 Szczęście / Le bonheur / The Happiness

1977 Jedna śpiewa, druga nie / L'une chante, l'autre pas / One Sings, the Other Doesn't

1985 Bez dachu i praw / Sans toit ni loi / The Vagabond

1987 Kung-Fu Master!

1987 Jane B. według Agnès V. / Jane B. par Agnès V. / Jane B. by Agnès V.

2000 Zbieracze i zbieraczka / Les glaneurs et la glaneuse / The Gleaners & I (doc.)

2008 Plaże Agnès / Les plages d'Agnès / The Beaches of Agnès (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Agnès Varda
screenplay Agnès Varda
cinematography François Décréau, Claire Duguet, Julia Fabry
editing Agnès Varda, Nicolas Longinotti
sound David Chaulier, Alan Savary
cast Agnès Varda, Sandrine Bonnaire, Hervé Chandès
producer Rosalie Varda
production Ciné Tamaris, Arte France
Polish distributor Against Gravity
language French, English
colouration colour