Agnès Varda in Philly!!!

Agnès Varda is coming to Philadelphia!

ENTREVISTA CON LA CINEASTA AGNES VARDA

The only female director of the French New Wave, Agnès Varda has been called both the movement’s mother and its grandmother. The fact that some have felt the need to assign her a specifically feminine role, and the confusion over how to characterize that role, speak to just how unique her place in this hallowed cinematic movement-defined by such decidedly masculine artists as Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut-is. Varda not only made films during the nouvelle vague, she helped inspire it. Her self-funded debut, the fiction-documentary hybrid 1956’s La Pointe Courte is often considered the unofficial first New Wave film; when she made it, she had no professional cinema training (her early work included painting, sculpting, and photojournalism). In 1962, she released the seminal nouvelle vague film Cléo from 5 to 7. Over the coming decades, Varda became a force in art cinema, conceiving many of her films as political and feminist statements, and using a radical objectivity to create her unforgettable characters. She describes her style as cinécriture (writing on film), and it can be seen in formally audacious fictions like Le bonheur and Vagabond as well as more ragged and revealing autobiographical documentaries like The Gleaners and I and The Beaches of Agnès.

Series of events:

Monday February 25, 6 pm

Wednesday February 27, 6 pm

Monday March 11, 7 pm

Wednesday March 13, 7 pm

Thursday March 14, 1 pm

Thursday March 14, 7 pm

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