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AGNÈS VARDA: DIEU DU CINÉMA

May at the Trylon

Though affectionately referred to as the Mother of the New Wave, Varda was trained in art history and photography rather than film criticism. Shot almost exclusively on location and weaving between documentary, narrative, and musical, her films were all her own. Martin Scorsese once referred to her as one of the Gods of Cinema. Amen.

ONE SINGS, THE OTHER DOESN’T

(1977, DCP, 120m, French w/English subtitles) dir Agnès Varda w/Thérèse Liotard, Valérie Mairesse, Robert Dadiès. This feminist musical follows two women (Liotard, Mairesse) over the course of 14 years as their lives intersect with the Women’s Movement in France. Largely ignored upon release, One Sings has rightfully been reevaluated as one of Varda’s best. SUN […]


Showings: May. 15 7:00, May. 16 7:00, 9:15, May. 17 7:00, 9:15

VAGABOND

(1985, 35mm, 105m, French w/English subtitles) dir Agnès Varda w/Sandrine Bonnaire, Macha Méril, Stéphane Freiss. Mona (Bonnaire) wanders the French countryside in the winter, hiding from the police and subsisting on help from others. Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and nominated for numerous Best Foreign Film Awards, Vagabond is essential. […]


Showings: May. 22 7:00, May. 23 7:00, 9:15, May. 24 7:00, 9:15

MUR MURS 

(1981, DCP, 80m, French and English w/English subtitles) dir Agnès Varda w/Juliet Berto, Agnès Varda, Judy Baca. Preceded by BLACK PANTHERS (1970, DCP, 28m). A preoccupation with California led Varda to make a collection of documentary films. This one, about the murals that adorn Los Angeles’s buildings, showcases her ability to draw out social commentary […]


Showings: May. 29 5:00, May. 30 7:00, May. 31 8:45

DOCUMENTEUR

(1981, DCP, 64m, French and English w/English subtitles) dir Agnès Varda w/Sabine Mamou, Mathieu Demy, Lisa Blok-Linson. Preceded by UNCLE YANCO (1968, DCP, 19m). A sort of partner-picture with Mur murs that uses interconnected ideas and images, Documenteur stars Varda’s son (Demy) in the role of Martin Cooper, as he and his mother Emilie (Mamou) […]


Showings: May. 29 7:15, May. 30 9:15, May. 31 7:00

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