Dancing with Light: The Cinematography of Agnès Godard

6/13/13 to 6/28/13

The great French cinematographer Agnès Godard spends four evenings at the PFA Theater this June, introducing films and presenting a Behind the Scenes lecture on her art. Godard's award-winning work with directors such as Wim Wenders, Agnès Varda, Ursula Meier, and Claire Denis has earned rightful acclaim as some of the most riveting, naturalistic, and sensual imagery in world cinema today.

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Past Films

  • 35 Shots of Rum

    • Friday, June 28 7 pm

    Claire Denis (France, 2008). (35 rhums). New print! Denis magically limns the story of a father (Alex Descas) and his daughter as they face the inevitable: her independence. “Quiet and lovely . . . (shows) how the melancholy strains of ordinary existence are also its sweetest music” (NY Times). (100 mins)

  • Nenette and Boni

    • Wednesday, June 26 7 pm

    Claire Denis (France, 1996). “A sibling drama of unsentimental urban grit and swooning lyricism, Nenette and Boni meditates on the myriad permutations of love and sensuality . . . Denis's elliptical narrative style has seldom been this graceful” (Slant). (103 mins)

  • The Dreamlife of Angels

    • Sunday, June 16 7 pm

    Erick Zonca (France, 1998). (La vie rêvée des anges). Agnès Godard in person. Two young women (Élodie Bouchez, Natacha Régnier) drift along the edges of French society in Erick Zonca's debut work, shot by Agnès Godard on Super 16. “The film has a sensuous, radiant surface that does justice to its title. . . . Godard . . . is a perfect cinematographer for Zonca” (Village Voice). (113 mins)

  • Trouble Every Day

    • Saturday, June 15 9 pm

    Claire Denis (France, 2001). New 35mm print! Agnès Godard in person. Vincent Gallo and Béatrice Dalle are stricken with a gruesome sexual compulsion. Denis's controversial take on erotic horror is “sui generis . . . harrowing, merciless, strangely tender” (Glenn Kenny). (101 mins)

  • Beau travail

    • Saturday, June 15 6:30 pm

    Claire Denis (France, 1999). Agnès Godard in person. In this story of French Legionnaires isolated in a blisteringly beautiful African setting, Claire Denis and Godard create “a fixed, timeless world of mysterious, balletic rites, rippled with simmering homoerotic tensions. . . . Prepare to be blown away” (Time Out). (90 mins)

  • Sister

    • Friday, June 14 7 pm

    Ursula Meier (France/Switzerland, 2012). (L'enfant d'en haut). Agnès Godard in person. Godard's fist work with digital video is set at a Swiss Alps ski resort, where a preteen thief tries to keep himself and his sister going. “Simultaneously personal and political, intimate and bigger than any one life” (NY Times). (97 mins)

  • Behind the Scenes: Agnès Godard on Cinematography, followed by Home

    • Thursday, June 13 7 pm

    Agnès Godard takes us behind-the-scenes of her art with an illustrated talk, followed by a screening of Home, Ursula Meier's 2008 film starring Isabelle Huppert. A family live a peaceful existence in a remote house that borders a long-unused stretch of highway. When the route one day opens to commuters, the clan's daily routine is thrown into disarray. (180 mins)