Agnès Varda: An Irresistible Force

December 20, 2019–February 28, 2020

Vive la Varda! We pay tribute to a founding mother of the French New Wave, who died at age ninety in 2019—an inspiring and vital artist to the end.

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  • The Beaches of Agnès

  • Le bonheur

  • Vagabond

  • Black Panthers

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

  • Varda by Agnès

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  • Varda by Agnès

    Agnès Varda, Didier Rouget
    France, 2019

    East Bay Advance Screenings

    • Friday, December 20 7 PM
    • Saturday, December 21 1:30 PM
    • Thursday, December 26 7 PM
    • Friday, January 24 4 PM

    In the last of her prodigious life’s work, the legendary, delightfully irreverent Agnès Varda conducts a personal career retrospective as only she can, with skill, charm, wit, reverie, and wonder. “A master class on filmmaking” (Toronto Star).

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  • The Gleaners and I

    Agnès Varda
    France, 2000

    Digital Restoration
    Film to Table dinner follows the December 28 screening

    • Saturday, December 28 5 PM
    • Friday, February 21 7 PM

    Varda’s rumination on the art of “living off the leftovers of others” visits food scavengers and cultural rebels, and finds inspiration in both past and present, rural and urban, the political and the highly personal. “Beautiful, absorbing, and touching” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).

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  • Vagabond

    Agnès Varda
    France, 1985

    Digital Restoration

    • Sunday, December 29 4:30 PM
    • Thursday, January 30 7 PM

    The short life and eventual death of a young female drifter forms the basis of Varda’s chilling look at alienation and idealism. “Like so many of the greatest films, it tells us a very specific story, strong and unadorned, about a very particular person” (Roger Ebert).

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  • La Pointe Courte

    Agnès Varda
    France, 1955

    BAMPFA Collection

    • Thursday, January 9 7 PM
    • Saturday, February 1 3 PM

    Made outside the French film industry on a shoestring budget, Varda’s debut film about two reunited lovers in a Mediterranean fishing port has been called “truly the first film of the nouvelle vague.”

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  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    Agnès Varda
    France, 1962

    Digital Restoration
    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

    • Saturday, January 11 6 PM
    • Friday, February 7 5 PM

    Shot entirely on location in the streets of Paris, Cléo chronicles two hours of a pop singer’s life. A score by Michel Legrand and cameos by Legrand, Jean-Luc Godard, and Anna Karina flavor this New Wave classic that proves Varda’s theme, “one isn’t born a woman, one becomes one.”

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  • Faces Places

    Agnès Varda, JR
    France, 2017

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

    • Friday, January 17 7 PM
    • Friday, January 31 5 PM

    Varda teams up with hipster artist JR on a road trip across rural France, meeting the locals and creating large-scale portraits. One of Varda’s last films, and a first-rate achievement in her brilliant career.

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  • Le bonheur

    Agnès Varda
    France, 1965

    BAMPFA Collection

    • Saturday, January 18 4 PM
    • Friday, February 14 5 PM

    Varda’s strikingly colorful, lyrical film examines a love triangle within a circular structure, as a carpenter seeks happiness with both his wife and his mistress. “Varda fills her frames with riots of nature and color” (Richard Brody).

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  • In Focus: Shorts by Agnès Varda, Program 1: Play and Politics


    This program also screens Saturday, February 8 (without lecture).

    • Wednesday, January 22 3:10 PM
    Lecture by Tom Luddy

    These short films made in the sixties are both political and playful, in keeping with the times. Salut les cubains screens along with two works made in the Bay Area, Uncle Yanco (on Varda’s artist uncle) and Black Panthers (featuring Huey Newton and Kathleen Cleaver).

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  • Shorts by Agnès Varda, Program 2: Places and Faces


    • Sunday, January 26 1:30 PM

    This collection of short works finds Varda observing people, spaces, and places from France to Iran, in L’opéra-Mouffe, Du côté de la côte, La réponse de femmes, Plaisir d’amour en Iran, Ulysse, and Les dites cariatides.

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  • Daguerréotypes

    Agnès Varda
    France, 1975

    Digital Restoration

    • Sunday, February 2 5 PM

    Varda’s playful and affectionate portrait of her own thoroughly Parisian neighborhood and the shopkeepers who keep it thriving. “Casual anthropology with a strongly humanist bent” (Slant).

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  • Shorts by Agnès Varda, Program 1: Play and Politics


    This program also screens Wednesday, January 22, with a lecture by Tom Luddy.

    • Saturday, February 8 5 PM

    These short films made in the sixties are both political and playful, in keeping with the times. Salut les cubains screens along with two works made in the Bay Area, Uncle Yanco (on Varda’s artist uncle) and Black Panthers (featuring Huey Newton and Kathleen Cleaver).

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  • The Young Girls Turn 25

    Agnès Varda
    France, 1993

    Digital Restoration

    • Saturday, February 15 3:30 PM

    Varda’s splendid documentary revisits the town of Rochefort on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the shooting of The Young Girls of Rochefort, and finds evidence of the film’s lasting effects on the townspeople.

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  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

    Jacques Demy
    France, 1967

    Digital Restoration
    Recommended for ages 12 & up

    • Saturday, February 15 1 PM

    Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac play twins lifted out of their small-town reveries by a troupe of wandering entertainers, including Gene Kelly. This musical by Varda’s husband, Jacques Demy, is “not merely charming or amusing, but profoundly moving” (Sight & Sound).

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  • Mur murs

    Agnès Varda
    United States, France, 1980

    Digital Restoration

    • Sunday, February 16 5 PM

    Varda’s documentary looks at the murals of Los Angeles as backdrop to and mirror of the city’s many cultures circa 1980.

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  • Lions Love (. . . and Lies)

    Agnès Varda
    United States, 1969

    Digital Restoration

    • Thursday, February 20 7 PM

    Varda’s experimental feature, shot in Hollywood in 1968 and starring Warhol superstar Viva, is a deliberately decadent riff on fantasy, immaturity, and violence. “More than a time capsule of events and moods—it’s a living aesthetic model for revolutionary times” (Richard Brody).

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  • Jacquot

    Agnès Varda
    France, 1991

    Digital Restoration
    Recommended for ages 12 & up

    • Saturday, February 22 3 PM

    Inspired by the memories of her husband, director Jacques Demy, Varda crafted this affecting and enlightening portrait of the artist as a young boy in 1940s Nantes. “A one-of-a-kind celebration” (New York Times).

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  • One Sings, the Other Doesn’t

    Agnès Varda
    France, Belgium, Venezuela, 1977

    Digital Restoration

    • Sunday, February 23 4:30 PM

    Two very different women search for their place in the world over the course of a decade in Varda’s look at friendship and feminism. “Remains almost unique as a commercial French film concerned with the militant aspects of the women’s movement” (Alison Smith).

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  • The Beaches of Agnès

    Agnès Varda
    France, 2008

    Digital Restoration

    • Friday, February 28 7 PM

    Varda takes a cinematic stroll through her long career—and the history of French film—in this first-person documentary. “For all its melancholy and its profound awareness of mortality, [it is] one of the jolliest, more life-affirming self-portraits in recent cinema” (Sight & Sound).

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