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Tribute to Agnès Varda, Preeminent French New Wave Filmmaker

Sunday, April 14, 2:30 pm - Tuesday, April 16, 2:30 pm

Curated by Laurence Kardish, former Senior Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art NY & Co-Artistic Director, Film Columbia

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is honored to present a three-day mini-film festival celebrating the life and work of multi-award winning film auteur Agnès Varda. Varda has helped define modern cinema over her astonishing 60-year career and earned accolades from her peers, film critics, and fans alike. The Agnès Varda mini-film festival at PS21 runs Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14, festival schedule & tickets at PS21chatham.org .

“Why Varda? Because she is one of the great auteurs of our lifetime,” said Judy Grunberg, PS21 Board President. “It is unusual for an artist to have an active working life of over 60 years, much less filled with unique and always fresh and original works! Our mini-festival at PS21 spans 55 of those years, beginning with one of her earliest, Cleo from 5 to 7, and ending with one of her most recent, Faces/Places.”

The Belgian-born filmmaker and photographer grew up in the south of France where she launched her career in 1955 with the drama La Pointe Courte, which predates the rise of the French New Wave, the film movement to which she is linked along with such other famed directors as Eric Rohmer, Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, and Varda’s husband, Jacques Demy. The French New Wave is considered one of the most influential movements in the history of cinema and inspired such Hollywood directors as Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.

“Agnès Varda, France’s preeminent maker of moving images, at 90 is a world treasure,” said Laurence Kardish, The former Senior Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, New York and Co-Artistic Director, Film Columbia. “Known as the Grandmother of the New Wave, she is also a pioneer video maker. PS21’s tribute to this remarkable woman covers all aspects of her career which spans the 20th and 21st centuries”

Those unfamiliar with Varda’s work will have a chance to see her films in PS21’s state-of-the-art Black Box Theater. And fans will have the pleasure of falling in love with her oeuvre all over again!

Agnès Varda Mini-festival Schedule:

Friday, April 12, 7:00pm
Clèo from 5 to 7 (1962, 90 min)
Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman’s life, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a spirited mix of vivid vérité and melodrama, featuring a score by Michel Legrand and cameos by Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina.

Saturday, April 13, 2:30 pm
Vagabond (1985, 105 min)
Varda’s expressive and splintered portrait of a defiant young drifter named Mona found frozen to death in a ditch at the beginning of the film pieces together her story through flashbacks told by those who encountered her. This sparse, poetic film won Varda the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.

Saturday, April 13, 4:30 pm
Daguerreotypes (1976, 80 min) and Ulysse (1983, 22 min.)
Daguerreotypes: This affable, curious portrait of Varda’s Parisian neighbors and acquaintances on Rue Daguerre, her home for decades, is a warm, quietly affecting movie, and a slightly embittered reflection on “a woman’s creativity… smothered by the home,” in the director’s own words.
Ulysse: Varda interviews two subjects from a photograph she took 30 years earlier. (Ulysse will screen immediately after Daguerreotypes)

Saturday, April 13, 7:30 pm
The Gleaners and I (2000, 82 min.)
This documentary explores the often marginalized people who collect food and objects left behind by others from farm fields and vineyards to city markets and garbage dumps. This is both a portrait of the people who gather what a wasteful industrial society has discarded and a self-reflection on Varda’s style of filmmaking, it’s own form of gleaning.

Sunday, April 14, 2:30 pm
Faces/Places (2017, 94 min.)
One of Varda’s latest films is a documentary about her journey across France in a van with a much-younger muralist named JR and has elements of a road movie, buddy film, and memoir. The film was listed by Time Magazine as one of its top-ten films of 2017, won a number of prestigious awards, and was nominated for an Oscar.

$5 – $35


Sunday, April 14, 2:30 pm
Tuesday, April 16, 2:30 pm
$5 – $35


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Chatham, NY 12037
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