Jane B. for Agnès V.

wednesday, march 18 AT 7:30PM | REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES

This March, The Loft Cinema proudly presents our second Agnès Varda retrospective, The Films of Agnès Varda Part Deux, celebrating the release of the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s final work, Varda by Agnès, which opens for a regular engagement on Friday, March 6!

“I’ll look at you, but not at the camera. It could be a trap,” whispers Jane Birkin shyly into Agnès Varda’s ear at the start of Jane B. For Agnès V.  The celebrated director of Cleo from 5 to 7 and Vagabond once again paints a portrait of a woman, this time in a marvelously Expressionistic way.

“An exemplary feminist work, one in which two female artists, self-aware but hardly self-conscious, create beauty by exchanging notes.” – Glenn Kenny, New York Times

“It’s like an imaginary bio-pic,” says Varda. Jane, of course, is the famed singer (“Je t’aime … Moi non plus”), actress (Blow Up), fashion icon (the Hermes Birkin bag) and longtime muse to Serge Gainsbourg.  As Varda implies, Jane B. For Agnès V. abandons the traditional bio-pic format, favoring instead a freewheeling mix of gorgeous and unexpected fantasy sequences. In each, Jane inhabits a new character, playing a cat & mouse game with Varda as they explore the role of the Muse and the Artist, all the while showcasing the multifaceted nature of Birkin’s talent. “I’d like to be filmed as if I were transparent, anonymous, like everyone else,” says Birkin.  But her wish to be a “famous nobody” is impossible to achieve; Birkin is simply too magnificent, too mesmerizing. Here, Varda’s signature mix of aesthetic innovation and generosity of emotion results in a surreal and captivating essay on Art, Fame, Love, Children and Staircases. (Dir. by Agnès Varda, 1988, France, in French with English subtitles, 97 mins., Not Rated)

Preceded by the short film: Response de Femmes.  What does being a woman really mean?  How do women live the status society reserves for them?  A group of women, beautiful or not, young or not, gifted with motherly instinct or not, answers these questions for Agnès Varda. (Dir. by Agnès Varda, 1975, France/Cuba, in French with English subtitles, 8 mins., Not Rated)