Signature Series

The Films of Agnès Varda


One of the most influential and inventive artists of the French New Wave, 2017 honorary Academy Award-recipient Agnès Varda has created a remarkable body of films that playfully dance between (and beyond) the traditional categories of fiction/non-fiction, poetry/prose and cinema/photography.

“This is all you need in life: a computer, a camera and a cat.” – Agnès Varda

Over the course of her decades-long career, Varda has remained astonishingly prolific, premiering her latest film, Faces Places, to wide acclaim at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. A moving testament to Varda’s uniquely humanist cinema and her love of portraiture, Faces Places finds Varda returning to the creative mode of the essay film which she pioneered together with her friends and occasional collaborators Alain Resnais and Chris Marker, affirming her status as one of the most legendary and creative directors working today. 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 Cleo from 5 to 7 and Vagabond to ruminative essays like The Gleaners & I, the work of Agnès Varda has never stopped surprising, entertaining and inspiring audiences. This March, The Loft Cinema celebrates the singular work of this pioneering artist with a collection of some of her best films – a body of work that could only have sprung from the mind and heart of Agnès Varda.