One of the most influential and inventive artists of the French New Wave, the late Agnès Varda created a remarkable body of films that playfully dance between (and beyond) the traditional categories of fiction/non-fiction, poetry/prose and cinema/photography.
“I live in cinema. I feel like I’ve lived here forever.” – Agnès Varda
Over the course of her decades-long career, Varda remained astonishingly prolific, premiering her final film, Varda by Agnès, to wide acclaim at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival. Varda studied art history and still photography before turning to the film at the age of twenty-five. Incredibly, she had no experience behind the camera when she began directing her first film, La Pointe Courte, in 1955, and admits to having seen only a small handful of movies prior to launching her celebrated filmmaking career. Coining the phrase “cinécriture” (or “cine-writing”) to describe her unique filmmaking method, Varda’s work is a combination of the deeply personal and the sociological, providing her with the means to indulge in the documentary impulses that have guided her throughout, while also crafting complex narratives whose stories are enhanced by the documentary details discovered by Varda’s ever-inquisitive eye. From pioneering narrative features like La Pointe Courte and Le Bonheur to ruminative essays like Jane B. for Agnès V. and The Beaches of Agnès, and numerous short films including Along the Coast and The Pleasures of Love in Iran, the work of Agnès Varda has never stopped surprising, entertaining and inspiring audiences.
This March, The Loft Cinema proudly presents our second Agnès Varda retrospective, celebrating the release of the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s final work, Varda by Agnès, which opens for a regular engagement on Friday, March 6!
Thursday, March 5 at 7:30pm – La Pointe Courte (1956) plus the short film, Along the Coast.
Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30pm – Le Bonheur (1965) plus the short film, Salut les Cubains.
Wednesday, March 18 at 7:3pm – Jane B. for Agnès V. (1988) plus the short film, Response de Femmes.
Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30pm – The Beaches of Agnès (2008) plus the short film, The Pleasure of Love in Iran.