Gleaning Truths: Agnès Varda

Please note: this season finished in Aug 2018
Gleaning Truths: Agnès Varda
“The tool of every self-portrait is the mirror. You see yourself in it. Turn it the other way, and you see the world”
Agnès Varda

Revered for her bold political and autobiographically inspired work, Agnès Varda is a seminal feminist filmmaker and matriarch of French Cinema. Her influential career began in the 1950s with La Pointe Courte – often considered the first film of the New Wave – and has spanned seven decades with no sign of slowing down as she enters her 90th year.

Given her recent bestowal of the Oscar® for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema, now seems the perfect time to celebrate one of the most pioneering feminist filmmakers of all time with this season of brand new digital restorations of eight of Varda's best-known films - and an illustrated talk on her work.

Previous screenings & events in this Season

The Gleaners & I U (S)

Film The Gleaners & I

Fri 24 - Sun 26 Aug

Agnès Varda travelled the French countryside to study the world of foragers and scavengers called The Gleaners in this honest and intriguing documentary.

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Jacquot de Nantes PG (S)

Film Jacquot de Nantes

Mon 20 - Thu 23 Aug

This was to be the first of Varda's three films which celebrated her late husband, French filmmaker Jacques Demy, and told the story of a child and his obsession of pursuing his dream to become a filmmaker.

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Playfully serious or seriously playful? The films of Agnès Varda

Talk Playfully serious or seriously playful? The films of Agnès Varda

Sun 19 Aug 15:30

An illustrated talk by Cinema Producer Tara Judah (who may or may not don a human potato suit) on the films of Agnès Varda.

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Beaches of Agnes 18 (PS)

Film The Beaches of Agnès

Fri 17 - Sun 19 Aug

The Beaches of Agnès is the 80-year-old filmmaker's collage of investigations into her own life, a deceptively simple metaphor for the journey into her past.

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La Pointe Courte PG (S)

Film La Pointe Courte

Mon 13 - Thu 16 Aug

Anticipating the style and attitude of the New Wave, Agnès Varda’s directorial debut remains as fresh and original as the day it was made.

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Le Bonheur 15 (S)

Film Le Bonheur

Fri 10 - Sun 12 Aug

A classic romantic triangle is the set up for Varda’s melodrama exploring the themes of fidelity and the dark side of happiness in a modern, self-centred world.

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One Sings, The Other Doesn't 12A (S)

Film One Sings, The Other Doesn't

Mon 6 - Thu 9 Aug

Agnès Varda's drama focuses on the intertwined lives of two women brought together during the struggle of the women's movement in 1970s France - a subject matter that remains all too familiar with Varda, who was personally involved with the movement.

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Cleo from 5 to 7 PG (S)

Film Cleo from 5 to 7

Fri 3 - Sun 5 Aug

Agnes Varda’s iconic real-time portrait of a singer set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy.

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Vagabond 15 (S)

Film Vagabond

Mon 30 July - Wed 1 Aug

Unapologetically transgressive, righteously bleak and infused with a uniquely feminist sensibility, Vagabond is a heartbreaking account of a defiant, free-spirited woman which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1985.

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