The late great Agnès Varda, who died earlier this year at age 90, was an institution of French cinema but a fierce opponent of any kind of institutional thinking. In this documentary, the Nouvelle Vague pioneer offers insights into her creative process, using excerpts from her oeuvre to illustrate her artistic vision.
Lively and quick with rich anecdotes, Varda first covers her “analog period” from 1954 to 2000, when she set out to reinvent cinema—whether by weaving real life into fiction and chance into narrative structure or by changing her filmmaking style with every new project. Then she focuses on her 21st-century works, showing how she used digital technology to view the world from her own inimitable perspective.
Whether behind the camera or in front of it, Varda (Faces Places, DFF40)was a remarkable visual storyteller who eschewed conventional approaches to art. Joining her on her retrospective journey is an honor.
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Editor: Nicolas Longinotti, Agnès Varda | Cinematographer: Claire Duguet, François Décréau, Julia Fabry | Screenwriter: Didier Rouget, Agnès Varda
Cast: Agnès Varda, Sandrine Bonnaire, Hervé Chandès, Nurith Aviv, Esther Levesque