The Restless Curiosity of Agnes Varda

Take a deeper dive into the genius of French multi-disciplinary artist Agnès Varda with this mini-retrospective from her career spanning more than six decades.

The Restless Curiosity of Agnès Varda

January 4 - 19, 2020

In 2019 when Agnès Varda passed away, the world lost one of its most restlessly curious filmmakers. With a career spanning more than six decades, the Belgian-born, French multi-disciplinary artist was a prolific crafter of images and an ever present force on the festival circuit and in art house cinemas.

Beginning her filmmaking career in 1954 with the proto-French New Wave film La Pointe Courte, Varda's focus was ever shifting, moving from groundbreaking features that highlighted the female experience to documentary portraits of the places and spaces that informed her life to, finally, a form of non-fiction storytelling so highly introspective that one could easily confuse its inventions and the associated mix of whimsy and gravity as nothing more than the biographical details of her life.

Moving from the early success of 1962's Cleo from 5 to 7 to her internationally celebrated mid-80s feature Vagabond to the career redefining, shot on consumer grade video documentary The Gleaners & I and all the way up to her final film Varda By Agnès, which premiered before her death at the 2019 Berlinale, what we're presenting here is but a slice of Varda's vast filmography. We hope this mini-retrospective will not only pique interest, but also encourage a deeper dive into the genius that was Agnès Varda.

Cléo from 5 to 7

France | 1962 | 90 minutes | Agnès Varda

February 1, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Agnès Varda’s groundbreaking 1962 French New Wave classic returns as part of our Varda mini-retrospective.

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France | 1985 | 105 minutes | Agnès Varda

January 5, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Agnès Varda’s award-winning 1985 feature examines the life of a doomed drifter (Sandrine Bonnaire) after her untimely demise.

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Varda by Agnès

France | 2019 | 120 minutes | Agnès Varda

January 10 - 12, 2020

SIFF Film Center

The final film from the late, beloved Agnès Varda is a characteristically playful, profound, and personal summation of the director’s own brilliant career.

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One Sings, the Other Doesn't

France | 1977 | 121 minutes | Agnès Varda

January 11, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Agnès Varda’s unsung feminist anthem is both a buoyant chronicle of a transformative friendship and an empowering vision of universal sisterhood.

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The Gleaners & I

France | 2000 | 82 minutes | Agnès Varda

January 18, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Agnès Varda’s ecologically-minded, playful, and engaging 2000 documentary about gleaners who gather to survive, reduce waste, or create new objects out of discarded items.

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Faces Places

France | 2017 | 90 minutes | Agnès Varda, JR

January 19, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Director Agnès Varda and photographer/muralist JR journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

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