Varda by Agnès
Director: Agnès Varda
Section: Rendezvous with French Cinema
Country: France | Year: 2019
Language(s): French | Time: 115 mins
Agnès Varda was an institution of French cinema but a fierce opponent of any kind of institutional thinking. In this film, the professional photographer, installation artist, and pioneer of the Nouvelle Vague offers insights into her oeuvre, using excerpts from her work to illustrate her artistic visions and ideas, with pieces that film goers have never seen. Divided into two sections, the first part elucidates her ‘analogue period’ from 1954 to 2000, as the young woman who set out to reinvent cinema, someone who was always open to chance, and to moments of documentary, even in fiction. In the second part, Varda focuses on the years between 2000 to 2018, and shows how she used digital technology to start a new life as a visual artist, and look at the world in her own, unique way.
Agnes Varda (1928 – 2019) was a French filmmaker and photographer. She started the production company Cine-Tamaris with her debut La Pointe Courte (1955), a film that gave her the title of ‘Grandmother of the French New Wave’. She went on to produce over 33 films, both shorts and feature length. In 2003, Varda launched her third life as a visual artist. Her installations were shown at the Venice Biennale, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris, CAFA Beijing and HUBEI Museum Wuhan in China, LACMA Museum in Los Angeles, Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago, Blum & Poe Gallery in New York, Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris, Pazo da Cultura Pontevedra in Spain and the Liverpool Biennial.